Fonds 91-010 - Indian Crafts Foundation of Ontario fonds

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Indian Crafts Foundation of Ontario fonds

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  • 1968-1973 (Creation)
    Indian Crafts Foundation of Ontario

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81 cm of textual records

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The Indian Crafts Foundation of Ontario came into being in early 1970 after more than a year of correspondence and planning. Its headquarters were in Toronto and included a staff of executive director and secretary plus a number of part-time craft teachers, buyers and others maintaining contact with native groups throughout the province. The aim of the Foundation was to encourage high-quality craft production by native peoples and to enable the marketing of those crafts. The Foundation experienced financial problems which led to its dissolution in 1973.

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This fonds was in the custody of Professor Harvey McCue before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This fonds provides a full view of the history of a well-intentioned but short-lived organization involving native peoples, government and the commercial world. It consists of early plans, minutes and correspondence of the board of directors, the development of a constitution and bylaws, correspondence with government and native groups, craft training experience, inventory and accounting processes.

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This fonds was donated by Professor Harvey McCue.


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Box 1


1: Reports 1968

2: Reports and correspondence 1969

3: Minutes of meetings, etc. 1970

4: Supplementary papers 1970

5: Correspondence 1970

6: Minutes of meetings, etc. 1971

7: Supplementary papers 1971

8: Correspondence 1971

9: Minutes of meetings, etc. 1972

10: Supplementary papers 1972

11: Correspondence 1972

Box 2


1: Minutes of meetings, etc. 1973

2: Supplementary papers 1973

3: Correspondence 1973

4: Applications for executive director 1973

5: Undated correspondence

6: Correspondence regarding Art Solomon 1969-1971

7: Correspondence: Indian Community Branch 1970-1973

8: Correspondence: Ojibway language

9: Correspondence: Union of Ontario Indians 1970-1973

10: Correspondence with Sachigo Lake 1972- 1973

11: Correspondence with Birch Island 1972- 1973

12: Correspondence with Fort Francis 1971- 1972

13: Correspondence with Pitangikum 1971-1973

14: Rent papers 1970-1973

15: T. Eaton Company 1971-1972

16: Royal Ontario Museum 1971-1972

Box 3


1: Art Solomon: business papers 1970, not re-arranged

2: Craft courses: correspondence, etc. 1971-1972

3: Craft courses: correspondence, etc. 1973

4: Craft education reports 1972

5: Requests for craft courses 1971-1973

6: Teaching supplies: lists, invoices, etc. 1972-1973

7: Correspondence, etc.: raw materials - hides and beads 1970-1972

8: Correspondence, etc.: raw materials - European 1970-1971

9: Requests for buyers 1971-1972

10: Handicraft catalogues and lists

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1: Travel expenses: general

2: Travel expenses: Chief Wilmer Nadjiwon

3: Travel expenses: Marie Anderson

4: Travel expenses: Jean Shawana

5: Travel expenses: Josephine Beaucage

6: Clippings

7: Inventory control 1971

8: Inventory 1972

9: Ledger 1970

10: Disbursements 1970-1971

11: Payroll journals 1972-1973

12: Remittance slips 1972-1973

13: Blueprints of office floor space 1970

14: Trial balances 1971

Box 5


1: Black 3-ring binder - stock listing by categories with purchase prices from crafts people 1971

2: Black 2-post binder - stock listing by categories showing selling price and purchase price 1971-1972

3: Dark green 2-post binder - accounts payable with loose pages

4: Red 3-ring binder - listing of artifact purchases by supplier 1971

5: Black and red ledger - various accounts of craft teachers, buyers, etc.

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