96-010 - Reverend Elgie E.M. Joblin fonds. 1996 additions

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Reverend Elgie E.M. Joblin fonds. 1996 additions

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  • 1895-1990 ; predominant 1940-1960 (Creation)
    Joblin, Elgie E.M.

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30 cm of textual records
ca. 265 photographs : 235 col. slides

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Elgie Ellingham Miller Joblin was born April 6, 1909 in Toronto to Flora Gertrude Elgie, of Toronto, and Frederick George Joblin, of the Isle of Wight in England. Elgie married Helen Majorie Smith of Rawdon Township on October 21, 1936. He studied at Victoria College, Emmanuel College and the University of Toronto. His M.A. thesis was entitled, "The Education of the Indians of Western Ontario". He was ordained as a United Church minister in 1936. He served the Aboriginal Peoples of Ontario as a student and minister in South Caradoc from 1936 to 1944. He taught and supervised the residential school at Muncey, Ontario from 1946 to 1957. He was the Assistant and later the Associate Secretary for Home Missions from 1957 to 1971. He served at Coboconk, Ontario, until his retirement from the ministry. He died in 1993.

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This fonds was created by Reverend Elgie E.M. Joblin and his estate was in the custody of his brother, Professor Kingsley Joblin, before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of records relating to the career of Reverend Elgie Joblin such as correspondence, church bulletins, yearbooks, newspaper clippings and photographs. The records deal with various charges throughout Canada and most of the records concern his career administering residential schools, native education and religion.

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This fonds was donated by Professor Kingsley Joblin.


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This is an addition to 95-019.

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1: Mt. Elgin Sputnik, yearbook, 1957-1958 with dedication page written for Elgie Joblin; photographs of sports teams, staff at Mt. Elgin. Dedication reads:

"Mr. Joblin, all the pupils of Mt. Elgin are dedicating our first yearbook to you in memory of all the happy times we had together when you were principal of Mt. Elgin. To many of us you grew to be just like a pal, who took a sincere interest in us, and who joined with us in swimming, skating, playing rugby and baseball, always giving and taking your share of the roughing up. But the most we have to be thankful to you for is the whole idea of having a school like ours to give anyone who wants it a chance to get someplace. We would like to say thanks and we wish you and Mrs. Joblin all the happiness you deserve."

2: Telstar yearbook, 1965 for Mt. Elgin Indian Day School

3: Correspondence, church bulletin regarding Oneida Methodist and United Churches; speech by Joblin at Sesqui- centennial celebrations, August, 1990.

4: Address by John Grant, "Rendezvous at Manitowaning"

5: Notes regarding Moravian Mission Church by Jasper Hill

6: Newspaper clippings including Curve Lake United Church, Walter Currie, Gilbert Monture, James Newbery; notes on Native- European relations by Joblin; notes and quotations from other writers on Indian- related issues; sermon and address notes; church bulletins including those at which Joblin spoke; pamphlet "Indians of Western Canada," Andrew Baird (Toronto: Press of the Canada Presbyterian, 1895)

7: Correspondence and biographical information on Rev. Enos Monture

8: Biographical information on natives and ministers; some photographs included

9: As above

10: Chronology of missionary field work to natives; article by Joblin "Our Northern Indians" 1963

11: Alberta: Missions

12: London Conference: Missions

13: Hamilton Conference: Cape Croker, Saugeen, Grand River

14: Toronto Conference: Gibson, Parry Island, Christian Island, Rama, Georgina

15: British Columbia Conference

16: Manitoba Conference: Missions

17: Saskatchewan Conference: Hurricane Falls, File Hills, Round Lake, Moose Woods, Moose Mt., Coté; photograph of church at Moose Mt.-White Bear Reserve, 1960

18: Indian Residential Schools: Historical Data: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

19: Mt. Elgin Residential School, Muncey, Ontario: clippings, school attendance register for all residential schools in Ontario for 1932 and 1938; enrolments for 1943; "Report Re Survey of Indian Education On Reserves in Western Ontario" 1944; letter of objection, 1948, from Chippewa Board of Council, Caradoc Reserve, to Superintendent of Indian Affairs re proposal to tear down Mt. Elgin

20: Indian Residential Schools: Morley, 1958-1965, notes

21: Indian Residential Schools: Alberta, 1909, 1913, 1966

22: Indian Residential Schools: Saskatchewan, historical outline of Regina Industrial School, 1890-1910; File Hills chronology; Round Lake chronology; Coté School chronology

23: Indian Residential Schools: British Columbia chronology of Alberni Residential School to 1925; correspondence 1968, 1969

Loose on Shelf: Photograph of Muncey Residential School teachers and pupils, 1948. Framed.

Slides: 235 slides all identified and labelled by Reverend Joblin. Many of the slides are dated and most were taken between 1958 and 1965. Subjects include:

Scenes and town sites in British Columbia Norway House: Bible School Town residents Wedding Photos of the school and church, pupils at the residential school at Norway House Alberni: pupils at the residential school Alert Bay Church God's Lake Church Cross Lake: United Church Women's Group, parishioners, a funeral procession, Rev. Budd Bewell on snow cruiser, pictures of the church and manse Berens River: old church, new church, 2 members of R.C.M.P., residents of the town, school at Berens River.

Additional material received via Superior Medical Limited in 2017:

Servant to First Nations: A Biography of Elgie Joblin / Kingsley Joblin, 2002

Sacred Books of the World and Their Message for Our Time / Kingsley Joblin, 2002

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