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C. Thomas Shay fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 155
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22.82 m of textual, graphic and electronic records,: including 569 negatives, 769 photographs, 2448 slides; 524 computer disks; 3 VHS; 3 audio cassettes; 1 contact sheet; 1 book; 1 object.
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Dr. Creighton Thomas Shay received a B.A. (1960), M.A. (1965), and Ph.D. (1970) from the University of Minnesota in Anthropology. In 1961, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to train and study at the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen. In 1964, he became an instructor in the Extension Division of the University of Minnesota and the following year was appointed an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. In 1967, Shay took an appointment as a Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, which became an Assistant Professorship in 1970 upon completion of his doctorate. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, a rank he held until his retirement in 1993 when he was made a Senior Scholar of the University. Dr. Shay has undertaken research in a variety of different areas of anthropology over his career focusing much of his research in ethnobotany and paleobotany in Greece, but more importantly in the northeastern prairies and plains of Canada and the United States, in particular Manitoba and Minnesota. He has published extensively in monographs, refereed journals, and local publications. Many of these works were co-authored with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Shay, a former Botany professor at the University of Manitoba and recipient of the Order of Canada for her work on environmental causes. In honour of the contributions that Dr. Shay has made to the University of Manitoba, former students, friends and colleagues established the C. Thomas Shay Scholarship for graduate study in Anthropology in 1993. Dr. Shay was also awarded the Manitoba Prix Award for Heritage Education in 1997. Dr. Shay continues to remain active and his current research interests include human ecology in Western Canada 3000 years ago until 1870, and the human ecology of the Bronze Age in Greece and the Mediterranean.
The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by C. Thomas Shay in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2018.
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Biographical information; a personal family history; personal correspondence; correspondence with associates (2004-2005); research projects, notes, field books, research assistant notes, photocopies of bibliographic articles; computer disks and directories; family history photographs; slides related to field work and research; personal items related to Shay's retirement.
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A2004-105: some grant applications and financial material has been restricted.
A1999-082, A2001-031: Two boxes have been designated confidential, Box 7 & 8.
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Revised by N. Courrier (January 2019). Revised by M. Horodyski (February 2019).