York University Libraries | Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections online exhibits

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Hellenic Students' Association


The Hellenic Students' Association of York is a student run, non-for-profit Hellenic council, which promotes Hellenism within the university's setting. The council organizes an array of events throughout the academic year, such as a general meeting for members, academic nights, Greek nights on the Danforth, and as annual Semi-Formal. The council also looks for other ways to give back to the Greek Community, whether it be with Greek Schools, or singing carols for the Hellenic Hope. With our new and exciting collaborations with the Greek Canadian History Project and York University Libraries Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, the HSA is now able to share a history of the celebration of Hellenism in the Greek Community of Toronto. 

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Portuguese Canadian History Project | Projeto de História Luso Canadiana

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The Portuguese Canadian History Project | Projeto de História Luso Canadiana (PCHP | PHLC) is a community outreach initiative that started in 2008, and is directed by Gilberto Fernandes, Susana Miranda, Raphael Costa, and Emanuel da Silva. We are committed to locating historical sources in the hands of private individuals and organizations in the Portuguese-Canadian community and placing them in the care of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries. Our goals are to preserve, democratize and disseminate the history of immigrants in Canada, particularly those of Portuguese descent.

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Seeking that acre and a cow: The 3,000 Family Scheme settlement experience


This exhibit explores immigration and farming in Canada through the experiences of Herbert William Hunt, a British World War I veteran who settled in Saskatchewan for ten years during the Great Depression. Hunt’s migration was facilitated by the 3,000 Family Scheme, a joint settlement effort by Canada and the United Kingdom to populate the Canadian West with people of Anglo-Saxon descent, while also addressing postwar unemployment and civil unrest.[i] Though the program offered Hunt and his wife, Jessica, a venue for the independence that they craved, settling on a farm north of Spruce Lake and east of St. Walburg in Saskatchewan, their time in Canada was fraught with adversity. Hunt’s records, including diaries, account books, correspondence, and photographs, were donated to the archives by his nephew, A. Godfrey Hunt. The entire digitized collection can be found in the York University Libraries Digital Repository

[i] Rebecca J. Manusco. “Three Thousand Families: English Canada’s Colonizing Vision and British Family Settlement, 1919-39,” Journal of Canadian Studies 45 (2011): 9-10, doi: 10.1353/jcs.2011.0030.




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