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Lucy Margaret Baker fonds
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- Baker, Lucy Margaret, 1836-1909
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0.070m of textual records
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Lucy Margaret Baker was born at Summertown, Glengarry County, Ontario in 1836. Lucy was young when her mother passed away and she was adopted by her father's sister, Mrs. Buchanan of Dundee, Quebec. She was educated in Dundee, Quebec and Fort Covington, NY. She returned to Dundee to teach and became involved in missionary and Sunday school work in Zion Presbyterian church, pastured by Rev. Donald Ross. Baker also taught in New Orleans during the American Civil War, and later in Lancaster, ON. Her old pastor, Rev. Ross, was heading the school in Lancaster at the time. In 1878, Ross was appointed by the Home Mission Board of the Presbyterian church to go to Prince Albert. The Board asked Baker to accompany Mr. and Mrs. Ross to Prince Albert to teach at the day school started by Rev. James Nisbet.
Baker became the first female missionary of the Presbyterian Church to the Indians of the North-West. She taught at the mission day school until 1885, and then taught at the newly-built Presbyterian high school in Prince Albert for several years. She then moved to teach on the Makoce Waste reserve, a reserve of Sioux Indians from the United States who had taken refuge in Canada in the 1860's. She continued to teach at the reserve until 1905, when she retired due to failing health. She died on May 30, 1909 in Montreal and she was buried in the Zion Presbyterian churchyard in Dundee, Quebec.
A high school in Prince Albert is named after Lucy M. Baker.
Muriel (Plaxton) Avery, great niece of Annie Cameron, friend and assistant to Lucy Margaret Baker, donated these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2005: S2005-15 (March 9, 2005).
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This fonds consists of records created and colleted by Lucy Margaret Baker. The types of records include: correspondence, speeches, reminiscences, mission school reports, photographs, clippings, a diary, a published memoir of Lucy M. Baker, contracts and receipts for mission buildings and fire wood. The fonds also includes records about Lucy M. Baker by identified and unidentified authors.
No series assignment was applied to the records in this fonds.
Records are in good physical condition.
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Records are open for research use.
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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.
To consult the records, visit or contact the Saskatoon office.
SAFA 228 consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs.
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Location for retrieval: Saskatoon - Murray.
Conservation practices in place at the time of processing were applied to the records in this fonds.
Textual records: S-A1076
Photographs: S-B13518 to S-B13528
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