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Melissane Schrems, top, and an example of the materials now available at ODY Library
Assistant Professor of History Melissane Schrems has arranged to bring a copy of the Records of Fort de la Présentation (1740-1750) to St. Lawrence's Owen D. Young Library. The records are in French and will serve as a research source for Native American history, the history of the Oswegatchie Iroquois, early Ogdensburg and the French and Indian War.

Schrems first encountered these documents when doing research for the Fort de la Présentation Association; where she serves as a member of its board. She says, "These materials shed important light on the region's role in the French and Indian War and, by bringing them to St. Lawrence, we have made these resources available to both students doing primary source research and the wider scholarly community." She is working with colleagues on translations of documents in (old) French.

Much of the information in the records is difficult to locate elsewhere, according to Schrems, such as:
- Baptismal and marriage records of Iroquois living in the vicinity of the fort who were members of the Mission at Fort de La Présentation, 1749-1760.
- The names and ages of individual members of the Iroquois community.

The mission was founded by the Sulpician Abbé François Picquet in 1749.

The records are also available at the Ogdensburg Public Library. Working with Schrems on the project were Ogdensburg Public Library Archivist Linda Marshall and staff of the Northern New York Library Network, with input from Mark McMurray, Lori Locke, Tish Munt and Michelle Gillie, of Owen D. Young Library.

Posted: November 11, 2011

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