Fonds UA 044 - Agassiz Centre for Water Studies fonds

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Agassiz Centre for Water Studies fonds

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5.6 m of textual records

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The Agassiz Centre for Water Studies was established in 1968 to assist and coordinate the interdisciplinary study of water resources and utilization in western Canada. Colloquia and seminars were sponsored in cooperation with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. In 1969 the Centre's administration was reorganized and steering, publications and conference committees were formed. By 1972 research topics and programs began to range widely - so much so that some were considered peripheral to the main thrust for the Centre's existence. As a result, the Centre's terms of reference were revised and tightened. By 1975 the Centre was working on the last year of a five-year grant from the Inland Water Directorate of the Department of the Environment and was having difficulty getting approvals for research projects that were deemed not a priority by the department. A proposal was put forward to radically alter the internal structure and research direction of the Centre. However, by this time, the Centre was no longer considered a viable enterprise and it began an orderly wind-down of its ongoing research. The Centre effectively terminated operations on December 31, 1976.

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The Office of Graduate Studies retained the records of the institution following its closure in 1979.

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The records detail the early interest in water research on the campus of the University of Manitoba, how the Centre came to be created, how it carried out its activities, and what the consequences of its activities were. The fonds includes terms of reference, research proposals, minutes, and correspondence related to the Centre's creation and operation. There are also progress reports, financial statements and general ledger accounts, along with a variety of published and unpublished reports, conference proceedings and discussion materials.

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The materials of the Agassiz Centre for Water Studies were transferred to Archives & Special Collections by the Office of Graduate Studies on April 9, 1980, October 11, 1983, and June 14, 1984.


This collection is arranged into eight series: Administration, Financial Statements, Publications, Unpublished Materials, Organizational Affiliations, Sources of Research Funds - Guides, Environment Canada Folder, and International Hydrological Decade Seminar, 1973.

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There are no restrictions on the use of this fonds.

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A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the "Download" link under "Finding Aid" on the right-hand side of the screen.

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Some of the studies were separately catalogued and filed in the University Publications Collection of Archives & Special Collections. For the convenience of researchers, the University Publications Collections number appears in the Container List beside the location of the draft copy.

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Fonds consists of three accruals: A1980-024, A1983-048, A1984-028
No further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: Agassiz Centre for Water Studies fonds

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MSS 36

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Inventory prepared by Kathryn F. Dean in December 1984
Finding aid encoded by Brett Lougheed in June 2006
Revised by Natalie Vielfaure on January 11, 2018

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