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Monday to Friday, 10am to 4:30pm, 519-661-2111, ext. 81111 *please call in advance of your visit as many items must be retrieved prior to your arrival. Western’s Black history holdings have a broad focus on the southwestern Ontario region. These can be found at the University of Western Ontario Archives.


Of particular significance are the Fred Landon Papers; the Canadian Black Studies Project (produced by the Cross Cultural Learner Centre); the Mary Shadd Cary and the Shadd Family papers, which relate to the Chatham area (on microfilm), as well as the Annie Straith Jamieson Papers, which contain materials on the Rev. William King.

Also held are volumes of The Dawn of Tomorrow (1923-) and annual reports of the Canadian League for the Advancement of Coloured People, which are found in the Landon Papers and the Donald Simpson thesis, Negroes in Canada from Early Times to 1870. Several monographs in the Archive reading room detail black history- Under the North Star: Black Communities in Upper Canada before Confederation by Donald Simpson; Ontario’s African Canadian Heritage: Collected Writings of Fred Landon 1918-1967 by Karolyn Smard et al; Wilberforce Beginnings: The Wilberforce Settlement and the Butler Family by Victoria Purcell.