Charles A. Cooke Thawennensere fonds [textual record]
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Charles A. Cooke Thawennensere fonds [textual record]Niveau hiérarchique :FondsDate :1845-1953.Référence :R13794-0-8-EGenre de documents :Documents textuelsTrouvé dans :Archives / Collections et fondsNo d’identification :4065003Contexte de cette notice :
Notice descriptive – DétailsFonds comprend :5 description(s) de niveau inférieurVoir description(s) de niveau inférieurDate(s) :1845-1953.Lieu de création :CanadaÉtendue :3 cm of textual records.Langue du document :anglaisLangue du document additionnelle :anglais, mohawkPortée et contenu :The fonds consist of a notepad labelled "Oka Names 1870-1903 & History"; a notepad labelled "Oka Case, Chas. A. Cooke, 381 Kent St. Ottawa, Fri. 5th July 1878"; handwritten notes compiled by Cooke on different subjects; A file under « Department of the Interior, Indian Branch » docket no. 5681 dated 1875, and entitled "Lake of Two Mountains Indians thru' Rev. A. Parent, 9 Dec.", "Letter to Rev. A. Parent in re: the demolition of the Indian (Methodist) Church at Oka", and a petition from the Chippewa (Ojibwa) Nation to Lord Metcalf signed by 32 chiefs in 1845.Provenance :Biographie/Histoire administrative :Cooke, Charles Angus, 1870-1958 : Charles Angus Cooke (also known as Thawennensere) (23 March 1870-1958) was a Mohawk from Kanesatake (Oka, Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes). He studied at the Methodist school of Oka, and then worked on the family farm until his family moved to Gibson (Wahta Mohawk Territory) in the Muskoka region, Ontario in 1881. He was one of the first Indigenous persons to be hired by the federal Department of Indian Affairs. He was first appointed to the Civil Service on 1 April 1893 as a temporary clerk in the Registry Branch of the Department of Indian Affairs. From 1893 to 1926, he served as a library clerk in charge of the departmental library and archives. By the end of his career, he attained the position of Principal Clerk. He also served as a interpreter and translator. During the First World War, he actively recruited Indigenous people for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Starting from 1904, Cooke invested substantial efforts to build an "Indian National Library" which would have included departmental documents as well as documentation from First Nations communities. Superintendant of Indian Affairs Duncan Campbell Scott never believed in the usefulness of Cooke's project, so it never materialized. Cooke also worked on a comparative Haudenosaunee languages dictionnary project. He published "Onkweonwe" the first Indigenous newspaper to be published in Canada in 1900, which was published in Kanien'kéha (Mohawk language). He also compiled a monumental record of some 6200 Haudenosaunee (Iroquoian) names with their origin, meanings and pronunciation.Information additionnelle :Note sur l'emplacement des documents connexes :The American Philosophical Society of Pennsylvania preserves the original compilation of Iroquoian names done by Cooke (ca.1300 pages, with audio cassettes).
The Canadian Museum of Civilizations preserves a copy of this compilation, a manuscript Mohawk dictionary (about 90cm), as well as notes on Mohawk vocabulary and names (both from Cooke and dated ca. 1950) (about 30cm).Groupes de documents reliés :Apart from the numerous documents found in RG10 relating to Kanesatake (Oka) and the Lake of Two Mountains, researchers should also consult the Fonds du Séminaire de St-Sulpice, Montréal, MG17-A7-2, especially the "Cahiers de M. Urgel Lafontaine et des documents relatifs aux terres de l'île de Montréal et de la seigneurie du lac des Deux-Montagnes".
Note also the 1900 letterbook of Charles A. Cooke, containing, primarily, his out-going correspondence, and copies of letters (RG10, volume 1307, available as a digital copy [see e011303102] and on microfilm reel C-13907).Lien à une ressource liée :Vedette-matière :Source :Privé
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