Fonds MSS 555 (A2018-037) - Frank Tester fonds

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Frank Tester fonds

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MSS 555 (A2018-037)

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  • 1840-2014 (Creation)
    Tester, Frank

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10.28 m of textual records, records in electronic form, graphic material and sound recordings including 34 boxes of photocopies, newspaper clippings, original research material, archival records in CD format, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel recordings, interview transcripts and 3 oversize items.
The accession also includes the Social History of the Eastern Arctic Database.

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Frank Tester is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia and an Associate with the Institute for Resources and Environmental Sustainability. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He received his Bachelors of Science in Medical Physiology and Pharmacology from Western University and went on to receive a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, in addition to two Masters from the University of Calgary in Environmental Design and Social Work. He is the co-author of Tammarniit (Mistakes): Inuit relocation in the eastern Arctic, 1939-1962 (UBC Press, 1994) and Kiumajut (Talking Back): Game Management and Inuit rights in the eastern Arctic: 1900-1970 (UBC Press, 2007), both of which he wrote in collaboration with Peter Kulchyski (Native Studies, University of Manitoba). Outside of his work, Frank is a sailor and boat builder, and has a small farm on Denman Island in British Columbia.

Custodial history

The materials of this fonds were collected and organized originally by Frank Tester for the Social History of the Eastern Arctic database. It was then donated to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2018. The original order has been maintained. The research for this fonds was made possible through the assistance of Nunavummiut Inuit elders.

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The fonds are divided into 3 series and 41 subseries:

Series 1 consists of: Scanned research documents (series), Miscellaneous subjects (subseries), Community development (subseries), Co-ops (subseries), Correspondence (subseries), Economic development (subseries), Eastern and Central Arctic Patrol files (subseries), Education (subseries), Infrastructure/Game Management (subseries), Health and Healthcare (subseries), Housing (subseries), Inuit Organizations/Conferences (subseries), Legal and Inuit Rights (subseries), Council meeting minutes/Conference notes (subseries), Northern Security Officers/Northern Administration Reports and Documents (subseries), Overview files (subseries), Policy and Regional Development (subseries), Relocation (subseries), RCMP Reports (subseries), Settlement Surveys and Social Topics (subseries), Welfare (subseries), Wildlife and Conservation (subseries), News North Clippings (subseries), Miscellaneous subjects 2 (subseries), Restricted files (subseries).

Series 2 consists of: Original research material not scanned (series), Miscellaneous subjects (subseries), Housing Design, Planning, Community Development 1988-1997 (subseries), Housing Design, Planning, Community Development 1959-1984 (subseries), Housing Design, Planning, Community Development 1959-1984 (subseries), Housing Design, Planning, Community Development 1997-2004 (subseries), Housing Design, Planning, Community Development 2005-2008 (subseries), Newspaper Clippings: Globe and Mail, etc. (subseries), Inuit Health (subseries), Colonial History of Nunavut (subseries), Inuit Land Claims and Mining (subseries), Housing Design, Planning, Community Development 1980-1988 (subseries), Papers, Reports and Articles 1940s-1990s (subseries), Papers, Reports, Articles and Correspondence (subseries), Northern photography and miscellaneous documents (subseries), Interview Tapes, Documents and Transcriptions: Inuit Health (subseries), Photographs and Negatives – Kivalliq Region (subseries), Audio-visual material (subseries).

Series 3 consists of: Oversized materials.

The accession also includes the Social History of the Eastern Arctic Database. For more information about the database and for access visit:

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English, Inuktitut. Some documents are written in syllabics.

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Box 17 is restricted. Please consult the archives for further information.

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Finding aid created by Alexandra Moreau (November 2019).

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