We Need Your Help

The Labrador Boundary Dispute
Documentation Project

What Needs to be Done

Despite the nearly 1700 articles, 4200 images and numerous audio and video clips that have been placed on the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site since its inception in 1997, further work needs to be done.

Information on Labrador is one very important area that is in need of further development. Despite our best efforts, we have been only marginally successful in recruiting volunteers to contribute articles on this area of the province. To help compensate for this shortfall, we want to place on our web site the 12 volumes of documents submitted to the Privy Council in 1927 relating to the Labrador boundary dispute between Newfoundland and the Dominion of Canada.

Volume I Table of Contents, 1927
First page of the Table of Contents from volume 1 of the Labrador Boundary Dispute.

Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland.
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The two governments presented thousands of pieces of documentation on Labrador to the court. The 12 volume set constitutes an excellent repository of information on many aspects of Labrador history and culture from the 16th century to 1927. Included are documents connected with the Hudson Bay Company, papers related to concessions and seigniories in the 17th and 18th centuries, and extracts from journals and publications on Labrador.

"Crew of the Strathcona, July 1921"
The Strathcona resupplied the Grenfell missions and annually visited practically every occupied Labrador harbour. It was lost off Seldom Come By, Newfoundland in 1922.

Courtesy of the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University (PF-323.001), St. John's, Newfoundland.
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Our major challenge, however, is to raise the funds to undertake the task. Based on trials which showed that it takes approximately 45 minutes to process each page (photocopy, scan, create the web page, proof-read and place on the main web site), it will cost the web site $15 (Cdn) for each printed page of the set of more than 5500 pages.

We are looking for support from you to help us in this project by sponsoring one or more pages. As a way of showing our appreciation, we will acknowledge your contribution by placing your name, town and province or state in the side bar of each page you sponsor (if you so desire). Please be aware that up to five printed pages may appear on one web page. To learn more about the documents and to view the first document placed on our web site visit the Privy Council Documents page and follow the appropriate links.

"Snowhouse", ca. 1920 "Snowhouse", ca. 1920
Detail from a lantern slide. Although entitled "Snowhouse", the shelter was more appropriately called a snow blind. This Inuit hunter was keeping watch for seals over a blow hole .

Courtesy of the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University (PF-323.041), St. John's, Newfoundland.
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How to Sponsor a Page

Sponsorships can be made through the mail by cheque or money order, or with a credit card on-line though Memorial University's Alumni web page. All contributions are tax deductible.

To sponsor one or more pages by mail, make your cheque or money order payable to:

    Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site
and mail to:
Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland Canada> A1C 5S7

If you are contributing on-line please observe with care the following guidelines:

  • when asked whether you are making a gift or a pledge choose Gift if you are making a one-time donation, or Pledge if you intend to make regular contributions.
  • under Area of Designation choose "Other (please specify)" and in the "additional information" section state:
"Designated for the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site."

Making this designation is essential if the money is to be earmarked for the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site.
  • Inform us in the Area of Designation if you wish to be acknowledged in the page or pages for which you have contributed. The relevant information will be taken from the information you supply in the Address Information section toward the bottom of the form.

To sponsor one or more pages by paying on-line, please proceed to Memorial University Alumni's Online Pledge/Gift Form.

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