Irish born, John Thomas Griffin (1871-1960) entered the Church Missionary Society Preparatory College in 1905 and went the next year to Moosonee, Canada as a teacher and lay reader. He was ordained deacon in 1911 and priest in 1912 for the Diocese of Moosonee. He served as a missionary at Albany, Ontario from 1911-1921, was curate at Moose Factory and principal of the Indian Boarding School (where his wife was matron) from 1921-1927. From 1927-1933, Griffin was at Fort George where he did most of his own printing on a small English press using a Bishop Horden's type. Griffin was also a priest in the diocese of Dublin, 1933-1955.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, historical notes on Fort George, a typescript of Griffin's biography (1959), a set of typescript articles describing his journeys and missionary activities, a scrapbook with clippings from the church periodical "Moosonee and Keewatin Mailbag", and photographs. Included are several small, handprinted Cree lesson, prayer and translation books.
Archibald Lang Fleming (1883-1953), enrolled at Wycliffe College in 1908, and was ordained deacon in 1912 and priest in 1913. Fleming was Archdeacon of the Arctic, 1927-1933 and first Bishop of the Arctic, 1933-1949. Earlier he had served as rector of the Church of St. John The Evangelist, Saint John, New Brunswick. His duration as Bishop, which landed him the name "The Flying Bishop", saw the Diocese of the Arctic add sixteen mission stations, two modern hospitals, nine churches, four residential schools, four chapels and two day schools.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of personal papers created and collected by or about A.L. Fleming. Includes: Notebooks regarding specifications for numerous ships and customs of the Eskimo; a dictionary of translated words; correspondence; financial records; scrapbooks; newspaper and magazine articles; cartographic records; Fleming's diaries, writings and photographs.
Fonds consists of the following series:
Series 1. Certificates, diplomas and personal documents;
Series 2. Diaries, notebooks and journals;
Series 3. General files;
Series 4. Scrapbooks, clippings, and memorabilia;
Series 5. Photographs;
Series 6. Maps and drawings;
Series 7. Manuscript writings;
Series 8. Publications