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Robert Bird Steinhauer fonds


Physical Description:
50 cm of textual records. -- 2 microfilm reels. -- 22 photographs

Robert Bird Steinhauer, 1861-1941, was the son of Reverend Henry Bird Steinhauer, Ojibwa missionary and founder of the Whitefish Lake Mission, and his Cree wife, Seeseeb Mamenuwartum, also known as Jessie Joyful. He studied at Victoria College, Cobourg, Ontario and in 1887 became the first Canadian Indian to receive a BA. He was ordained a Methodist minister in 1890 and devoted his life to ministerial work, mainly on Alberta reserves at Whitefish Lake, Saddle Lake, Morley and Hobbema. As part of his work, he translated many hymns into Cree syllabics. He married Charlotte Pruden in 1893 and they had ten children, Dora, Augusta "Gussie", Elizabeth, Henry "Harry", Caroline, Mary, Richard, Robert, Ruby and Arthur. He retired in 1935 and in 1937 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto. For further information see Donald B. Smith's article, "The Steinhauer Brothers : Education and Self-Reliance" in Alberta History. -- vol. 50, no. (Spring 2002), p. 2-10.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence (1881-1941), diaries (1887-1895, 1902-1930 [some on microfilm]), notebooks, scrapbook, certificates, translations in Cree syllabics, and Saddle Lake baptism, marriage and burial records (1897-1940). Includes one file of A. Henry Norwest's correspondence and writings (1935-1937) pertaining to Metis living conditions.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Gussie Steinhauer, Sheilagh Jameson, and Ruby Erasmus, 1957-1997.

The material is predominantly English, with a small part in Cree.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original Whitefish Lake diary and account book (1902-1937) are held by the Gussie Steinhauer estate.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Other R.B. Steinhauer papers are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1174, M-3525, PA-633, PC-47, NA-5576, Microfilm-Steinhauer

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