Library Collections

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ROYAL COMMISSION ON ABORIGINAL PEOPLES

The library has the Final Report, interviews, and other volumes produced by RCAP.

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

The Woodland Cultural Centre is the successor to the Mohawk Institute Residential School. As such, the WCC Library strives to maintain as many resources as possible on Residential Schools, in particular the Mohawk Institute. 

Many survivors of the Mohawk Institute return to show their children and grandchildren where they went to school.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

Exhibition catalogues produced by the Woodland Cultural Centre tend to be major research documents as well as listings of works in the exhibitions. Information about Native artists as well as catalogues of their exhibitions are a major part of the WCC Library collections.

ANNEMARIE SHIMONY AND SALLY WEAVER COLLECTIONS

The two anthropologists who studied and worked at Six Nations of the Grand River donated major parts of their collections to the Woodland Cultural Centre Library. These are Annemarie Shimony, who is the author of Conservatism Among the Iroquois at the Grand River, and Sally Weaver, who is author of Medicine and Politics on the Grand River.

The Canadian Book Exchange deserves special mention. The WCC Library has added hundreds of books and journals from them to its collection. Much of this material is not available from other sources. While digitization is a major priority of the National Library, you can not rely on having many of the online Aboriginal resources available indefinitely. Hard copies, microfilm, and downloads of information are requirements.

LANGUAGE DICTIONARIES

The Woodland Cultural Centre Language Department is the focus of many First Nation language initiatives and has published and supported many language materials including dictionaries and teaching materials. While the WCC Language Department has its own library the WCC Research Library has copies of many of these resources.

THESES & DISSERTATIONS

Most researchers who have used the WCC Research Library have donated a copy of their thesis. 

NEWSPAPERS

The WCC Library subscribed to a press clipping service from the early 1970s to the middle of the 1990s. Since the advent of the Internet and the reduction in funding newspaper clippings have not been actively added to the collection. However, donations of scrapbooks and emails of relevant clippings are added whenever possible.

Many newspapers have generously donated subscriptions to the WCC Library including the Tekawennake, Windspeaker, Anishinabek News, Indian Life, Kahtou, and Metis Voyageur. Individuals occasionally drop off copies of Mazina’igan and Turtle Island News.

JOURNALS

The WCC Library has not had the financial resources to continue to subscribe to all the titles held here. However, some subscriptions are donated and the Library is raising funds to bring its collections up to date.

Many journals are available as e-journals online but these are not always available back to the first issue and many Native journals are not digitized at all. Having hard copies of as many journals as possible and providing the table of contents in the WCC online catalogue makes this a unique resource.