Index files compiled by John Sayers (BIFHSGO Home Children Project Coordinator) from 1995 to June 2023
This is a new project to create inventories for two sets of files compiled by John Sayers related to his work as BIFHSGO’s Project Leader and Coordinator for British Home Children projects.
In June 2023, John Sayers stepped down from his role as BIFHSGO’s Home Children Project Coordinator. From 1995, for over 38 years, John worked tirelessly as a volunteer on behalf of BIFHSGO gathering research, disseminating information, and managing volunteer projects. In his role as project leader, John Sayers managed volunteer initiatives to commemorate the history and lives of home children through plaques, exhibits, and monuments such as the Hazelbrae Memorial in Peterborough, which lists the names of 10,000 children. For over 25 years, John supervised volunteers who indexed records for LAC’s Home Children database and BIFHSGO’s Name Index. John personally responded to over 1000 queries about individual children, and he also supported the work of David and Kay Lorente - and others - who worked to tell the story of home children and their lives. This collection consists of two types of paper files: individual query files organized by the name of the child; and research files and supporting records gathered for project work. The purpose of the project is to prepare inventory lists of these two sets of files. The collection consists of 26 boxes of files (26 lineal feet), which are stored at the City of Ottawa Archives.
- Using a template, index each file from an assigned box.
- A guide, procedures, spreadsheet templates, and training support will be provided.
- Knowledge of spreadsheet software, an asset.
- No specific deadlines: volunteers will work in the City of Ottawa Archives Reading Room on assigned paper files. These files cannot be removed from the Archives.
Project lead: Research Director (Sue Lambeth)