About The Project

Masters of their own destiny: the Coady story in Canada and across the world is a collaborative project of the Angus L. Macdonald Library; the StFX ArchivesMarie Michael LibraryCoady International Institute; and the StFX Faculty of Education.

We would like to acknowledge the following supporters and partners of the project:

This project was made possible through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.

Dr. Sean Riley, University President, St. Francis Xavier University, co-funded the project personally.

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish: partnered with us, providing research search services, access to documents in the Bethany Archives, permission to include photographs, documents and photographs of artifacts.

Memorial University’s Digital Archive Initiative provides support for the digitization projects at StFX through a ongoing partnership, which includes Memorial providing the backbone ContentDM system and technical support for the collections.

The Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University: partnered with us, providing research services and access to the documents and photographs in their collection as well as digital copies of photographs for inclusion in the collection.

The Casket: generously provided access to their archival photograph collection and permission to include photographs in the digital collection.

The Chronicle Herald: generously provided digital copies of photographs from their archives.

CJFX: generously provided photographs for inclusion in the digital collection.

This project would not have happened without the tremendous work and dedication of the following Coady Project team members:

Bill Timmons, Professor, Faculty of Education, StFX
Brad Dewar, Systems Analyst/Programmer, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Candice Daniel, Digitization, photographs and audio
Capucine Maneckjee, Digitization, print material
Catherine Hattie, Digitization, print material
Catherine Irving, Library Specialist, Marie Michael Library, Coady International Institute
Dan Bunbury, PhD, Content Writer/Researcher
Daren Okafo, Technology and Innovations Co-ordinator, Coady International Institute
James Cameron, PhD, Project Content Specialist, History Department, StFX
Éli Bunbury-Blanchette, Website Assistant
Grace MacPherson, Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Karen Hamelin, Special Projects Assistant, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Kathleen MacKenzie, Archivist, StFX Archives, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Katherine Walsh, Archival Assistant, StFX Archives, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Cathy Sears, Library Assistant, Marie Michael Library
Lynne Murphy, University Librarian, StFX
Mary Coyle, Director, Coady International Institute, University Vice President, StFX
Rita Campbell, Special Projects Librarian, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Sheldon MacDonald, Digitization lab supervisor, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX
Sr. Florence Kennedy, Archivist, Bethany Archives, Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Martha

Works Cited:

Books and Articles


Alexander, Anne. The Antigonish Movement: Moses Coady and Adult Education Today. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 1997. Print.
Boyle, George. Father Tompkins of Nova Scotia. New York: Kennedy & Sons, 1953. Print.
Cameron, James D. “And Martha Served”: History of the Sisters of St. Martha, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Halifax: Nimbus, 2000. Print.
Cameron, James D. For the People: A History of St. Francis Xavier University. Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1996. Print.

Cameron, James D. “International Student Integration into the Canadian University: A Post-World War Two Historical Case Study.” History of Intellectual Culture 6/1 2006: Web. 21 July 2009.
Delaney, Ida. By their Own Hands: A fieldworker’s account of the Antigonish Movement. Hantsport: Lancelot Press, 1985. Print.
Laidlaw, Alexander. The Man from Margaree. Writings and Speeches of M.M. Coady. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971. Print.
Lotz, Jim and Michael R. Welton. Father Jimmy: The Life and Times of Jimmy Tompkins. Wreck Cove: Breton Books, 1997. Print.
Ludlow, Peter. Cautious but Willing: Archbishop James Morrison, Fourth Bishop of Antigonish. A Thesis in Partial Fulfillment of the Degree of Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies. Saint Mary’s University, 2004. Print.
MacInnes, Dan. “The Role of the Scottish Catholic Society in the Determination of the Antigonish Movement.” International Review of Scottish Studies. 7 (1978): 25-46. Web. 21 July 2009.
MacLellan, Malcolm. Coady Remembered. Antigonish: St. Francis Xavier University Press, 1985.Print.
Neal, Rusty. Brotherhood Economics: Women and Co-operatives in Nova Scotia. UCCB Press, 1998. Print.
Nearing, Peter. He Loved the Church: The Biography of Bishop John R. MacDonald. Antigonish: Casket Printing and Publishing, 1975. Print.
Welton, Michael R. Little Mosie from the Margaree: A Biography of Moses Michael Coady. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2001. Print.



Coady International Institute. St. Francis Xavier University, 2009. Web. 15 May 2009. http://www.coady.stfx.ca/
SEARSOLIN. Southeast Asian Rural Social Leadership Institute, 2009. Web. 10 May 2009. http://searsolin.xu.edu.ph/

St. Francis Xavier University Archives

Alumni Files-Obituaries

“A.B. MacDonald, 59. Pioneer Co-op Leader Passes.” The Post Record 13 September 1952. Print.

“At Heatherton. Hundreds Pay Final Tribute to A.B. MacDonald.” The Post Record 19 September 1952. Print.
“College and Town Pay Last Tribute to MacDonald.” The Casket 18 September 1952. Print.
“Community Mourns Sister Marie Michael.” The Casket 16 October 1991. Print.
“Distinguished Pioneer.” The Casket 13 August 1997. Print.
Doris Boyle. “The Last of a Visionary Band of Pioneers.” The Chronicle Herald 16 April 1970. Print.
“Fr. George Topshee.” The Casket 25 January 1984. Print.
M.M. Coady. “An Appreciation to A.B. MacDonald.” The Cape Breton Post 18 September, 1952. Print.
“Msgr. Hugh MacPherson. Pioneer Agriculturalist Dies. Aged 88. Versatile ‘Father of Co-ops’. The Chronicle Herald 5 April 1960. Print.
“Outstanding Cooperator.” The Casket 7 May 1997. Print.
“Sister Irene Doyle.” The Casket 16 July 2008. Print.
“Sydney. Alex. S. MacIntyre, 65. Prominent Figure Labor, Co-op Movement Dies.” The Cape Breton Post 6 June 1952. Print.

Coady International Institute/St. F.X. Extension Department Collections


Coady International Institute. Annual Report. 1962; 1979-80.

Coady International Institute. The Coady International Institute, A Brief Review: 1979-82. Rev. H. Gardiner. July 1982.
Coady International Institute. Year Book. 1961-62, 1968-69, 1977, 1989.
Coady International Institute. The Coady International Institute – An Overview. Presentation to the Hon. Mme. M. Vezina, Minister for External Relations. November 1985.

Doyle, Sister Irene. The Antigonish Movement Beyond the Atlantic Region. A Research Paper Used as the Basis for the Condensed Version Presented at Colloquium St.F.X. University. October 4-5, 1995.


Extension Department. The Extension Department 50th: 1928-1978. Booklet published to mark 50th anniversary of the Extension Department. St.F.X. University. 1978.
Gillis, Father Michael. Interview with Father Michael Gillis. Coady International Institute, St.F.X. University. 1966, Wav file.

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha (Bethany) Archives

MacKinnon, Sister Marie Michael. Sister Marie Michael Speaks about Dr. M. M. Coady: “The Man from Margaree” Copy of transcript of audio interview.

Newspaper article, no author:


“Africa Day Celebrated in Havana.” Granma International 31 May 2009, English ed.: 16.  Print.

Newspaper article, one author, discontinuous pages:


Yurth, Cindy. “Goodbye to Forest Lake Hero.” Navajo Times 11 June 2009: A1+. Print.