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A summary of just a few of the notable collections acquired by the University Archives and Special Collections in 2022.

Every year (excluding the last few years) we like to share just a few of the notable fonds and collections that we have aquired in the past year. The unit aquired roughly 70 linear meters of material for appraisal, including 8,000 photographs, 73 audio visual items, maps, and born digital material - so what is listed here is only a fraction of the interesting material that UASC has available for you to aid in your research.

If you are interested in any of these please contact to learn more.


MG 724: Edna and Laurence Anderson -1896-2015 (inclusive); 1937-1999 (predominant). - 2.64 metres of textual records, 1,130 photographs, 2 real photo postcards, 18 VHS, 8 audio cassettes, 1 VHS, 1 DVD, 1 8mm film.

Edna Fern Grace Haverfield was born in Minot, North Dakota, in 1913. Laurence Ernest Anderson was born near Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan, in 1914; he was the oldest of 13 children born to Mary Aquina and Leonard Anderson. Laurence was ordained as a United Church minister in 1937.

Edna and Laurence married in 1937; together they had six children, lived in numerous communities throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta, Montana, and Jamaica during Laurence’s career, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 

The material in this fonds relates to the intellectual interests and community involvement of a minister and his wife throughout small communities in the west. It documents the lives of ranchers in southern Saskatchewan – and their strong ties to that area; the [in some cases] gradual acceptance of conservation measures, such as the Grasslands National Park; and also provides some documentation identifying interesting and changing relationships between Indigenous and settler communities.


MG 686: E.H. Carefoot fonds – 1973-2012 (inclusive); 1973-1999 (predominant). - 3.25 metres of textual records, 386 photographs, 468 negatives, 40 digital images, 5 contact sheets, 4 LPs, 13 CDs, 11 audio cassettes, 2 DVDs.

Ernest Herman Carefoot (1937-2020) was born and raised in Saskatchewan.  His careers included farming, work in radio and television, and teaching Communications at SIAST (then, Kelsey Institute) in Saskatoon; but he is probably best known for his work as a playwright.  From 1974 onward he wrote poetry and plays as EH Carefoot, having a number of them produced in Saskatchewan and Alberta in the 1970’s and 80’s.

This fonds includes materials relating to Ernest Carefoot’s career as a playwright, poet, theatre director, as well as his later interest in the merger of visual art and prose poetry.  In addition to documents relating to his poetry and playwriting this fonds includes records for Hub Theatre which reflects the financial aspect of establishing and funding a theatre; the cost of productions; etc. as well as the community involvement and various assistance programs available. It also includes manuscript copies of his plays and poetry


MG 718: Catherine Littlejohn King. - 1941-2021 (inclusive); 1960-2021 (predominant). - 2.71 m of textual material; 19 colour photographs.

Catherine King (nee Littlejohn) was born in Sherbrooke, Québec on November 13, 1947, and raised in Reaboro, then Lindsay, Ontario. Cathy earned her undergraduate degree from Western University, her M.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan (1975), and her PhD from the University of Calgary (1983). In her professional life, Cathy was a teacher, writer, and historian. As a teacher, Cathy was proud to be part of the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) and enjoyed seeing the successes of her students. As a writer, Cathy co-authored The History of the Métis of Willow Bunch (2003) with her friend Ron Rivard. Their book won the 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education. Cathy's final manuscript, The Métis History of Saskatchewan (also co-authored with Rivard), will be published posthumously. An avid historian, Cathy spent more than a decade researching and identifying Métis veterans and, working with the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), combined her research with their family anecdotes in the development of a database to share their stories.

This fonds contains the research materials gathered by Catherine Littlejohn King as a part of her career as a historian and writer of Métis history, in particular of Saskatchewan and Métis soldiers. It contains drafts of her writing, copies of articles and other secondary sources, interviews, and biographies. Of note is her extensive collection of research regarding identification of Métis soldiers.


MG 703: W.T. Molloy. – 1948-2017 (inclusive); 1989-2012 (predominant). – 25.45 metres of textual records, 41 photographs, 14 negatives, 17 slides, 8 CDs, 8 discs, 1 video cassette

William Thomas (Tom) Molloy was born in Saskatoon in 1940.  He earned his BA from St. Thomas More College, and his LLB from the University of Saskatchewan, both in 1964. Tom was called to the Bar in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and worked in general practice until he found his calling as a skilled negotiator. Tom has been called a "modern father of Confederation" for his work in treaty-making and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples of Canada. He was Chief Federal Negotiator for Canada, which led him to the negotiation tables for the agreement that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999, the Nisga'a Treaty, the Inuit of Northern Quebec Off-Shore, and the L'heidle T'enneh and Sliammon = [Tla’amin] Final Agreements. His work changed the face of our country.  His book, The World Is Our Witness: The Historic Journey of the Nisga'a into Canada, was published in 2000 and won the Brenda Macdonald Riches First Book award, and the Saskatchewan non-fiction book award (both in 2000).
Tom served as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007, and was named Chancellor Emeritus.  He was sworn-in as Saskatchewan's 22nd Lieutenant Governor in 2018 and passed away in 2019.

This fonds contains materials relating to the personal interests and professional work of Tom Molloy.  In particular, it documents the range and scope of treaty and land negotiations he was involved in, as Canada’s Chief Federal Negotiator.  That work included consultation with Inuit, Metis and First Nations in every province and territory; provincial and territorial governments; and negotiating mandates as established by Canada federally.  

Given the multiple stakeholders involved in the treaty / land claim negotiation process, and until the archivists had had an opportunity to contact these stakeholders, all files within this fonds will be considered restricted.


MG 715: Nunn Family fonds. - [ca. 1840s]-1910-1948, 2014. - 20 cm including textual records, 348 photographs, 1 book.

Alan Sturley Nunn was born in the Bury St. Edmunds area of Suffolk, England, in 1874. He attended the Great Yarmouth Grammar School. Nunn emigrated to Canada in 1903, at age 29. He was employed as a farm labourer on the Hon. Thomas O. Davis farm near Prince Albert, and as a clerk at the Windsor Hotel in Prince Albert. In 1905 Nunn joined the Hudson’s Bay Company and was buying and trading furs all over northern Saskatchewan, travelling by dog sled and canoes, and later, motorized canoes. Nunn was a skilled photographer who documented his time at Montreal Lake, La Ronge and Lac Brochet, Manitoba. Around 1923 Nunn spent a few years as a ‘free trader’ and was unsuccessful, so he returned to the HBC. Nunn joined rival fur trading company Revillon Frères, a Paris-based company established in 1723, in June 1924. The HBC took over the Revillon Frères Company in 1936; the Nunn family then relocated to Spruce Home, Saskatchewan, situated halfway between Montreal Lake and Prince Albert. Nunn bought a general store there and also sold raw furs. Alan Nunn died in 1946. Nunn Street in La Ronge, and Nunn Lake and Nunn River, located northeast of Lac La Ronge, honour the Nunn family.

This fonds documents the life of Alan Nunn, his family, and communities near La Ronge, Saskatchewan; particularly in relation to the fur trade during the early 20th century, documented extensively in photographs and in diaries and correspondence.


MG 699: Jeffrey Park. - 1989-2021. - 1.4 m of textual material, 33 audio cassettes, 13 photos.

Jeffrey Park earned his BA (1974) and his PhD (2002) from the University of Saskatchewan.  Between 1977 and 1986, he taught variously at Poundmaker Cree Nation and at high schools in Saskatoon.  He became an instructor at Brooklyn College, New York, from 1986-1991; while there, he earned his MFA (1989).  Returning to Saskatoon, he worked as a sessional lecturer in the department of English, from 1991 until joining the College of Education as a professor of Secondary English Methods, in 2002. 

Park also volunteered at the Writer’s Group of the Saskatoon Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Every year the Writers’ Group publishes a collection of writings for the class participants. Dr. Park was instrumental in the establishment of this publication. In 2001 the members of the Writers Group nominated Dr. Park for the Saskatchewan Literacy Foundation Volunteer Award, which he won. His doctoral thesis Writing at the Edge: Rethinking Process Theory was influenced and aided by his work at the Writers’ Group.

The material in this fond documents the research for Professor Parks’ doctoral thesis, published collections and collected writings from the Writers’ Group of the Saskatoon Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and related information.



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