Collection PR2811 - St. Charles Mission collection

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St. Charles Mission collection

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    • 1889 - 1987 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records

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    In 1867, Father Tissier of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Roman Catholic missionary order, founded the Saint-Charles Mission, in the area of the future Fort Dunvegan, North-Western Territory (presently Alberta). In 1884, a church was built for the mission. Father Grouard, later Bishop Grouard, painted the interior of the church. The church is now an historic site of Alberta.

    Custodial history

    In 1985, during restoration of the St. Charles Mission Church, workers discovered the letters wedged between the wall logs of the building. The letters were sent to Lawson Restoration Services for conservation treatment. Following treatment, Louise Zuk translated the letters into French and English. The letters and their transcriptions were then deposited with the Provincial Museum of Alberta in 1987.

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    The fonds consists of letters from Father Collignon of the St. Bernard Mission in Grouard, Alberta to Father Le Serrec of the St. Charles Mission in Dunvegan, Alberta dating from 1889. The fonds also includes photocopies of the letters, and typed transcriptions of the letters into French and English dating from 1987 written by Louise Zuk.

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    In 1992, the Provincial Museum of Alberta donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        The material is in English and French.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accession PR1992.0057.

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