Northern Studies Resource Centre


The Chancellor Paterson Library of Lakehead University established the Northern Studies Resource Centre in 1988 in order to expand the resources available for research on 'the North" and to encourage interest in northern and regional research. The Centre houses several special collections: Regional, North, University and Faculty Offprint. Regional and North are the largest and provide the principal focus of the Centre.

Location: 5th Floor, room LI-5007

Hours Of Service: September to April
  10:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
  1:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday
  May and June
  10:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
  July and August
  1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday

For information regarding the Northern Studies Resource Centre or the Northern and Regional Studies Database when the Centre is closed, please enquire at the Reference Desk on the Main Floor of the Library.


Materials in the North Collection and the Northeastern Ontario portion of the Regional Collection are available for circulation for a seven (7) day loan period. All other Collections are in-library use only.

Telephone: 343-8728


The Regional Collection is comprised of material relating to local, regional and northern Ontario issues and is divided into two parts based on geographical area.

1. Northwestern Ontario - Districts of Thunder Bay, Rainy River and Kenora. This collection is comprehensive in its scope and contains material relating to local history, municipal government, forestry, geological surveys, public health issues, parks and tourism, native peoples, Aboriginal treaties, environmental assessments, mining and exploration, and a thorough coverage of all other subject areas of possible research interest. Special features include many rare publications from the early days of Port Arthur and Fort William.  

2. Reminder of Northern Ontario - Districts of Cochrane, Algoma, Sudbury, Timiskaming, Nipissing, Manitoulin and Parry Sound. This part of the Regional Collection is less comprehensive in its scope than the northwestern Ontario portion. The major subject areas represented in the collection include economic development, labour-management relations, resource conflict mechanisms, health care, local government, native peoples, industrial planning, transportation, social service delivery, ecology and resource management.


Publications in this collection relate to Canada's provincial norths (except northern Ontario), the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and similar regions world wide. The subject areas represented in this collection are similar to those listed above for the Regional Collection, 2. Remainder of Northern Ontario.


The University Collection maintains a historical record of the University's life through publications of the University and the faculty. University publications consist of those for which the University or a particular school or faculty is the author, journals, such as LU review which are published by the University, and consultants' reports which have been commissioned by the University. Faculty publications consist of monographs, either written or edited by faculty members while employed by Lakehead University.


The Faculty Offprint collection contains offprints of articles and reviews by Lakehead University faculty and staff. Typescripts of papers delivered at conferences and unpublished speeches are also included.


The microform holdings are substantial and contain a number of significant collections.  Resources include the RG-10 collection (Record Group 10) which contains the records created by the Department of Indian Affairs and its predecessors; the historical Trading Post Records from the Hudson's Bay Company; and an extensive collection of local and regional newspapers.  A microfilm/microfiche reader/printer is available on site.

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Last modified October 21, 2008
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