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November 27, 2020

Watercolour painting of Fort Dunvegan by Rollin Price Meade — Submitted by Thomas Schultze, author of Hudson’s Bay Company Posts and Depots: Images from a Vanished Era

“Significance - The image is the only artistic rendition of the establishment [Fort Dunvegan] at HBC Archives. Its circular shape is unusual for a landscape painting. Its diameter of only 14 cm contains a great deal of minute detail.

“Description - Most prominent are the snow-covered hills and their deeply incised valleys and slanted snowdrifts, to the left of the gully, and to its right, the two frozen waterfalls. This surreal-looking hillside hovers above the small settlement, separated from it by rows of trees.

“The fort’s buildings form the standard layout, with a central courtyard open to the river. On the north side the artist shows a major dwelling facing the entrance, the post manager’s residence. The two large subdivided structures along each side are men’s and officer’s dwellings and storage facilities for provisions and agricultural products. Note absence of palisades and bastions.

“The level area between fort and river is blown in with snow, the snow banks repeating the pattern on the hill. One York boat is pulled up on the bank and several canoes can be seen further up. Off to the right can be seen the horse pasture and fields and to the left, an oxcart.

“In the foreground, left, we see an adult person with a child and in the centre, a man leading a draft animal and sleigh. One person carries water to the fort, drawn from a hole in the river ice, while some dogs wait to drink. Other figures can be seen approaching the fort from the riverbank.

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Watercolour of Fort Dunvegan by Rollin Price Meade
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, Fort Dunvegan [Peace River, AB], Watercolour by Rollin Price Meade, ca. 1866, HBCA P-178

“Artist - Rollin Price Meade (1837-1879) was an artist, adventurer, newspaper editor and house painter. In the service of the Hudson's Bay Company, he spent some time in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Meade painted the first canvas curtain at the historic Walker Theatre in Winnipeg. In 1869, at the time of Louis Riel's Rebellion in Manitoba, he was an artist and the editor of the ‘Nor' Wester’ Newspaper.”

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November 20, 2020

Records of 4-H Clubs — Submission by Alfred Chorney, amateur historian, Brokenhead Heritage Committee

“An earlier inquiry to Archives requesting Records of 4-H Clubs in Brokenhead/Beausejour Ag Rep District, yielded a response indicating that there is an abundance of records of club activities in the area. Our intent was to visit Archives to view the details of files. Members of our committee could not make arrangements to date.

“The prime reason for choosing the content of the 4-H files is to identify the Clubs that have been part of the rural youth education programs that were provided through the Manitoba Departments of Agriculture since 1917 – earliest identified Club – through to approximately 1980. The impact of 4-H activities in the district was substantial.”

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Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs handbook, organizers’ edition, 1917
Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba 4-H Council fonds, Brochures – Historical, 1917, P6098/7
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Programme for the Eighth Annual Trip to Manitoba Agricultural College for Manitoba Swine Clubs, 1928
Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba 4-H Council fonds, Brochures/Pamphlets/Programs – Historical, Swine/Pig Clubs, 1928, P6099/8

“Depending on the outcome of the search of the files and our ability to compile historical data along with artifacts, photos etc. acquired from other sources, it would be proposed that a ‘history of 4-H in North-Eastern Manitoba'’ would become part of the Broken-Beau Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum located in Beausejour.”

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November 13, 2020

Records related to brick and limestone — Submission by Peter Schuster, Director, MMI (Manitoba Masonry Institute)

“I would like to nominate the simple, yet beautiful building blocks of brick and limestone that helped build the foundations and buildings that our great city is renowned and celebrated for today. Built by skilled local craftsmen and artisans who have passed down their craft and know how, for generations. These same crafts are taught and celebrated in our post secondary institutions to this modern time. These simple materials were skillfully brought together to create housing, offices, warehouses and factories that helped move our society forward through prosperous and sometime turbulent times. All standing the test of longevity with beauty, grace and function. These many buildings tell us a historical story that can be seen and related to by Manitobans to this very day. They continue to functionally adorn even new buildings constructed, with a modern look that help to link us back to our historical roots.

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Archives of Manitoba, L.B. Foote fonds, Foote 1972. Brickyard, ca. 1913, P7401/3


“This is a great choice to help celebrate our 150th anniversary. It not only celebrates the foresight of our leaders, but celebrates the countless many working families of architects, engineers, construction workers and masons who worked diligently together to contribute to a collection of historical and significant buildings and artifacts that permeate our great city to this very day. Going back in time, these were trades learned in other countries and brought by the immigrants, many of whom CHOSE to make Manitoba home. This was all done with many materials that were either made locally, by long forgotten brick manufacturers that dotted the city, but were also quarried locally within the province, some still in operation today. Many of these building stand the test of time and are now treasured and protected for generations to come. Not only do these building give us a unique character for the city and province to celebrate, many are also adorned with unique and historical advertising that remind us to this day of an era not to be forgotten. These materials, made from the abundance of resources located within our great province, have themselves a story to tell within the shapes and patterns of the fossilized remains that helped create them. There are many layers to this story that go well beyond the simple sides of the keystone of our province.

“There are an abundance of examples throughout our province, from the legislative buildings, to almost all buildings in the warehouse district, schools, courthouses and most other buildings that help make a city or province function on a daily basis. Examples can be found in almost any archived photo showing the landscape and fabric of all cities and towns located within our great province. This is a story that can be shared, told and related to by all towns, cities and most importantly Manitobans.”

Bank of Hamilton Building, Main Street
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Bank of Hamilton Building, Main Street
Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg – Buildings – Business – Hamilton Building 1, 1957
Construction of the Legislative Building
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Construction of the Legislative Building
Archives of Manitoba, L.B. Foote fonds, Foote 607. Construction of Leg. Building showing N. side of east of S. wing, 19 October 1915, P7395/1
Lenore and Eagleton Schools, ca. 1909-1912
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Lenore and Eagleton Schools, ca. 1909-1912
Archives of Manitoba, A 0278 Department of Education photograph album, GR2664, page 69, G 11005


Want to know more? Search Keystone for more information. View more photographs of the construction of the Legislative Building in our online exhibit, The Manitoba Legislative Building: Photographing a Work in Progress.

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November 6, 2020

First World War letter written by Lt. Alexander Logan Waugh to his father — Submission by Alexander Waugh, nephew of Lt. Alexander Logan Waugh, grandson of Winnipeg Mayor R.D. Waugh and great-grandson of Mayor Alexander Logan

“His sentiments bespeak a country and Empire united to defend against the Kaiser. He didn't see himself as any special hero but felt for his men and thousands of others for the sacrifices they and their families made to keep Canada and Manitoba free.”

Letter from Alexander Waugh to his father, France, 17 November 1917
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Letter from Alexander Waugh to his father, France, 17 November 1917
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“Letter from Alexander Waugh to his father, France, 17 November 1917”
Archives of Manitoba, Waugh family fonds, Letters from Alexander Logan Waugh to his family, July Ė November 1917, P7965/11


Want to know more? Search Keystone for more information. You can read more about this letter in our previous blog, At Home and Away: Remembering the First World War through records at the Archives of Manitoba. A scrapbook kept by the Waugh family was also featured in our blog.

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October 30, 2020

Double exposed photograph in James McDougall fonds — Submission by Mandy Malazdrewich, Archivist, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba

“As a person interested in photographs and photographic processes I’m drawn to this image because on the surface it seems to be a technical mistake, and at the same time it is quite beautiful. The ‘mistake’ of this image draws attention to its construction and allows the viewer into the process of making. The details of this photograph help to reveal this photographer’s approach; the cumbersome equipment that he must have travelled with, the difficult and time-consuming process of taking an exposure, how easy it would have been to double-expose a negative. Did the photographer consider this image a failure? Why has it survived?


“I first saw this image as part of the James McDougall fonds when I was on a short-term internship at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives in the middle of my degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. I was intrigued by the paper negatives and amazed that the archives holds both the negatives and the corresponding prints that James McDougall presumably made for a personal album. The sheer size of the collection and the geographic distance that the photographs cover is also impressive. Then, to top it all off, the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives holds personal records for McDougall as well as many corporate records that he created while working for the HBC on the inspecting trips when he was taking these photographs. What a rich opportunity to learn about the photographer and his process alongside his work with the Hudson’s Bay Company.”

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