Fonds - Athol Murray College of Notre Dame fonds

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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame fonds

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  • 1920-2001 (Creation)
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    Saskatchewan

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28 m of textual records and other material

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In 1920 the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis and the St. Augustine parish priest Father Benoit opened Notre Dame of the Prairies, an elementary residential Convent school for boys and girls, in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. In 1927, Father Athol Murray the newly appointed St. Augustine parish priest, began the high school program at the school. Sister Mary Edith McCullough also arrived at the school in 1927 and remained to teach for over 30 years. Father Murray became the college administrator and taught the school's Arts program, obtaining an official affiliation with the University of Ottawa in 1933. Mother Edith and the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis ran the elementary and other high school programs. Over the decades the school was renamed Notre Dame of Canada, Notre Dame of Saskatchewan, and was informally known as "Shack College." The school has remained a catholic co ed residential school but now offers only high school grades 9 to 12. Upon Father Murray's death in 1975 the college was officially renamed the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.

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This fonds contains records related to the development and operation of the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Textual records consist of correspondence, business records concerning the Arts program, alumni records, newsclippings, and college publications and brochures. The extensive series of photographs and video recordings document college life and feature campus buildings, students, graduation ceremonies, choral and drama productions, and sports events. Sound recordings capture interviews with Notre Dame students and staff, and College songs.

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Records relating to Notre Dame college and personal records of Father Athol Murray were mixed together in his office. These records have been arranged by the Archivist.

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Reference copies of video and sound recordings are available.

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Finding aids at file and item level, including an item level photo database are available.

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Related material: See the Athol Murray fonds for additional records related to Notre Dame College. The Notre Dame College Museum holds artifacts, furniture and works of art collected and used in the school.

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Additional records are received annually.

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Includes ca. 25,000 photographs and slides, 23 photo albums, 101 video cassettes, and 23 audiocassettes.

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