Fonds F046 - Institute of Community Studies and Oral History fonds

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Institute of Community Studies and Oral History fonds

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CA ON00408 F046

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  • 1886-2009, predominant 2003-2009 (Creation)
    Nipissing University. Institute for Community Studies and Oral History

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0.49 m of textual records
1 hard drive (225 GB)
559 DVDs and CDs
461 photographs
263 video cassettes
88 video recordings
29 audio cassettes
10 computer disks

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The Institute for Community Studies and Oral History (ICSOH) was a research institute/centre at Nipissing University. Established within the university's history department in 2003, the goals of the ICSOH were “the promotion of research on the history of communities in the Near North and becoming a centre of excellence in community studies and oral history.” During its years of operation the ICSOH collected a large number of oral histories and historical records relating to North Bay and area, many of which were collected by students as part of projects for history courses. The ICSOH also hosted an annual conference in North Bay as well as other events relating to community history.

The Institute was governed by a director, Francoise Noel, and an advisory board made up of other faculty members from the history department. An ICSOH Research Centre Committee also appears to have been involved in governance from 2008 to 2009. Due to a change in university policy regarding research centres, the ICSOH lost its status as an institute in 2008 and officially became a research centre known as the Centre for Community and Oral History (CCOH). The CCOH disbanded in 2009.

Custodial history

Records were previously in the custody of Francoise Noel, the former director of the ICSOH, who transferred the records to the Archives in 2014.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of local history materials about North Bay and the Near North area that were collected or created by the Institute for Community Studies and Oral History (ICSOH) including: oral history recordings, student projects, archival records, publications, and ephemera. The fonds also documents some of the ICSOH's activities as a research institute including outreach, the organization of conferences and other events, and its administration.

Fonds is arranged into four sub-series: Events and outreach, minutes, oral and community history research collection, and student projects.

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  • English

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Access restricted; please consult archivist. Some files and items contain personal information and must be reviewed under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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The image linked to this description (ICSOH_logo.jpg) depicts the logo of the Institute for Community Studies and Oral History. The image is a detail of the top bar from the CCOH/ICSOH website (

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Nipissing University and Canadore College Archives and Special Collections

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Created January 19, 2016 by Peter Houston

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  • English

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