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September 18, 2020

Records of Ralph Maybank, Humphrey Lloyd Hime, and L.B. Foote — Submission by Barry Hyman, retired archivist [former Deputy Archivist and Head of Private Sector Records, Archives of Manitoba]

“I had the pleasure and good fortune to be employed with the Archives of Manitoba for almost forty years. When I started in 1967 I was one of two professionals in the office - the Provincial Archivist and myself, and my job description read that I was responsible for all archival activities in the absence of the archivist. These included the basic functions of acquisition, arrangement and description and of course reference services. As I was involved with almost all Private Sector acquisitions and some from Government Records before that Division was created about 1982, it is difficult for me to single out a favourite, as there were many.

“One of the first acquisitions I was involved with was a visit to Mrs. Dora Maybank, widow of Ralph Maybank. Over tea at her residence I assured her the Archives was interested in the records he created and accumulated during his career. I boxed the records and placed them in my car. When I was ready to return to the Archives I found that her cat had jumped in the car and squeezed in between the boxes.

Letter to Ralph Maybank from his son, Michael
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Letter to Ralph Maybank from his son, Michael
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Letter to Ralph Maybank from his son, Michael Archives of Manitoba, Ralph Maybank fonds, Ralph Maybank personal and family scrapbook, 1921-1949, P7508/1


Newspaper clippings regarding the Ralph Maybank’s election as a city alderman
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Newspaper clippings regarding the Ralph Maybank’s election as a city alderman Archives of Manitoba, Ralph Maybank fonds, Ralph Maybank “General Scraps” scrapbook, 1928-1943, P7508/2


“I had many favourites in the Still Images holdings. I was fascinated with the H.L. Hime Collection. The prairie expanse and the wooden buildings left a lasting impression on me. I thoroughly enjoyed the L.B. Foote holdings. I probably assisted in indexing them and went through them countless times when providing reference or selecting items for possible publication.

Letter to Ralph Maybank from his son, Michael
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Archives of Manitoba, Humphrey Lloyd Hime collection, Prairie looking south, 1858, C39 box 1 photo 23

“There were also Foote photographs and numerous other types of records in what became known as the Legislative Building scandal. We even found samples of concrete. As we had no work room at the time we cleaned and sorted the records by placing them on folding tables out side the Archives office in the south-eastern corridor of the Legislative Building.

“What I remember most about my years at the Archives is that I had the privilege to meet and acquire records of several lieutenant-governors, premiers and cabinet members, and that I worked with some talented colleagues and researchers. I was very fortunate.”

Want to know more? Search Keystone for other records related to Ralph Maybank, Humphrey Lloyd Hime, and L.B. Foote. To see photos by L.B. Foote of the construction of the Legislative Building, check out our online exhibit, The Manitoba Legislative Building: Photographing a Work in Progress. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

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September 11, 2020

Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers fonds — Submission by Morna-June Morrow, Archivist of MBGEHR

“Although the Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers was not established until 1996, the history of bell ringing in Manitoba really began 30 years earlier when the first handbell group was established at Technical Vocational High School. Since then handbells have been used in schools, churches and community groups throughout the province.

Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers: The First Twenty Years, 1995-2015 Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers: The First Twenty Years, 1995-2015

Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers fonds, "Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers: The First Twenty Years, 1995-2015" by Morna-June Morrow, 2015, P7708/12


“Because one can learn to ring handbells with little or no experience, and this musical art can be used from youth through senior years, it has developed into a tremendous musical experience for all generations. Manitoba handbell ringers have performed provincially, nationally and internationally.”

Want to know more? Search Keystone for other records related to the Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

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September 4, 2020

Records documenting the settlement of New Iceland — Submission by Julianna Roberts, Executive Director of New Iceland Heritage Museum

“Within the archives you have information and history of the settlement of New Iceland. Including letters from John Taylor and Sigtryggur Jonasson, about the process of finding and then encouraging the Icelanders to come to Canada. They settled north of the postage stamp province of Manitoba, and created New Iceland which was complete with a constitution. It was eventually taken into the province of Manitoba. After they first arrived they suffered a smallpox epidemic.

“This is the story of historical significance in the creation of Manitoba. There is still a large population of Icelanders in the province. Our museum tells the story of the hardships they encountered when they got here. As well as celebrates their successes.”

Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875

Report of the Icelandic Commission, 1875 Archives of Manitoba, Alexander Morris fonds, item 1066, Report of Icelandic Commission John Taylor, S. Jonasson, Einar Jonasson, Winnipeg, 3 August 1875, P5283/3


Want to know more? Search Keystone for other records related to New Iceland, Sigtryggur Jonasson, and immigration. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

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August 28, 2020

The Hudson’s Bay Company Cumberland House post journals — Submission by Paul C. Thistle, Ethnohistorian

“A veritable 'gold mine' of data that helps to explain how relationships between Indigenous and white settler peoples have come about.  We can never understand current relations between these two peoples without a solid grasp of how the relationships began and developed over time. Historical vacuums are a primary cause of current misunderstandings, conflict, injustice, and racism against Indigenous peoples. Read this history--and weep!”

Cumberland House post journal, July 1774 Cumberland House post journal, August 1774

Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, Cumberland House post journal, July and August 1774, B.49/a/1 fos. 4d-5

Want to know more? Search Keystone for other records related to Cumberland House and other HBC posts. Most of the microfilm for the pre-1870 post records is now digitized and available to read on Keystone.

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August 21, 2020

Records of Filipino-Manitobans in the garment industry since 1968 — Submission by Rod Cantiveros, community volunteer and publisher of Filipino Journal

“Ive been in Winnipeg since 1974. Involved in the community since then. Publisher of Filipino Journal, the oldest Filipino newspaper in Western Canada. Involved in various advocacy for garment workers, newcomers and others.

Workers in Garment Plant
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Archives of Manitoba, CH 0267 Government photographs, GR3552, 70-329 Workers in Garment Plant, ZZ 11-2-3-4

“The arrival of the Filipino garment workers by the thousands had changed the immigration landscape, thus adding new colours to the Manitoba Mosaic. I chose this subject because it is a strong fiber in the make-up of the industry, and furthermore, to the cultural richness of Winnipeg, and Manitoba.&lrquo;



Interview with Teresita M. Mendoza, recruited to come to Manitoba as a garment worker from Philippines in 1968
Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba Filipino Writers' Guild oral history project records, Oral history interview with Teresita M. Mendoza, 26 July 1999.


Want to know more? Search Keystone for other records related to Philippines, the garment industry, and immigration. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

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