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
Contents: Foreword / Elizabeth Lukens Fleming -- The Awakening -- To Baffin Land -- Lake Harbour -- Snow Village -- Famine at Kinguckjuak -- Journeys by Umiak and Kayak -- Pagan Life -- The Grant Episode -- Interlude I -- Return to the Arctic -- Of Myths and Angakoks -- Where No White Man Had Gone -- Farewell to Baffin Land -- Interlude II -- The Rescue of Matto -- Archdeacon of the Arctic -- Epidemic -- Interlude III -- The Flying Bishop -- Hospitals in the Far North -- John Buchan Opens the Door -- Decision at Eskimo Point -- Interlude IV -- Reflections -- Index.
The memoirs of Archibald Fleming, first bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic, 1933-1949.