Fonds RG3 - Sam Waller Museum fonds

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Sam Waller Museum fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Multiple media

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  • 1978-2011 (Creation)
    Sam Waller Museum

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5.74 m textual records
109 compact discs [sound recording]
10 floppy disks [computer files]
92 minidisks [sound recording]
124 cassettes [sound recording]
49 photographs
7 compact discs [computer files]

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Administrative history

Sam Waller began collecting natural history specimens and artefacts during his many years as a teacher in northern Ontario and various Aboriginal schools in Manitoba to use as visual aids to overcome language barriers in the classroom. In 1958, upon retiring from teaching, Sam opened his “Little Northern Museum” on a lot of land on Gordon Avenue in The Pas. He moved two long, narrow buildings (bunkhouses) from The Pas Lumber Company onto the site to house his collection. Sam lived on-site, and the Museum was often open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sam’s ever expanding collection soon outgrew this modest setting, and in 1970, as a provincial centennial project, the local Rotary Club constructed a larger building to house the Museum and its live-in Curator. By the time Sam had passed away in 1978, the Town of The Pas had taken over the administration of the Museum.

After Sam's passing, the museum became known as the Sam Waller Little Northern Museum. In 1991, under Curator Paul Thistle, the name was shortened to the Sam Waller Museum in anticipation of moving into its new professional standard facility in the historic Courthouse and Community Building. Paul Thistle oversaw this renovation project that resulted in the Sam Waller Museum moving into its current location at 306 Fischer Avenue in 1994.

Custodial history

The Sam Waller Museum fonds was first accessioned into the archives by Paul Thistle, who also arranged and described the 1978 – 1995 records, albeit before RAD was implemented in Canada. Records from 1996 – 2001 were later accessioned by Krista Cooke, but these were not arranged and described. These records, as well as records accessioned for 2002 and 2003, were arranged and described during the archival re-description project in 2011 by Sarah Durham, Archives Technician, under the direction of Laurel Neustaedter, Curator. Further accruals are expected for this fond on a yearly basis.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the administrative and operational records of the Sam Waller Little Northern Museum and the Sam Waller Museum from the death of its founder in 1978 to the most recently accessioned museum records (2011) as well as Oral History records from 1985 to 2010. Administrative and operational records include inward and outward correspondence, Sam Waller Museum board meeting minutes, reports generated by or for museum staff, administration records including marketing, research requests and programming, financial records including financial statements and budget statements, and temporary and permanent exhibit related textual records and compact discs. Series 5 Oral Histories consists of oral histories of local residents conducted by Sam Waller Museum staff and volunteers for the purpose of adding to the Museum archives. Oral History records include transcripts, audio cassettes, compact discs, floppy disks and minidisks.

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The Sam Waller Museum fonds was originally arranged chronologically by Paul Thistle up to 1995. When records were next added and described in 2011, it was decided to keep arrangement chronologically rather than by function (with the exception of Series 0, Series 2 and Series 5); therefore each year is a different series. Series 0 was added after arrangement of the rest of the fonds, and may be considered for deaccessioning in the future.

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  • English

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Restrictions may exist, especially for oral history records. Contact the Museum Curator for further information.

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Finding aids available in-house at the Sam Waller Museum.

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Further accruals expected on an annual basis.

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RG3 Sam Waller Museum fonds description prepared by Sarah Durham in 2011.

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Sam Waller Museum

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Created September 27th, 2011.

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  • English

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