Fonds MSS 186 - David Turnbull fonds

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David Turnbull fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 186

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  • 1904-1995, predominant 1928-1931 (Creation)
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    Turnbull, David

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40 cm textual records, 2 photo albums (776 black and white photographs), 1 negative, 1 scrapbook

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(1906-1995)

Biographical history

David McIntosh Turnbull was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1906. He was the son of Janet (McIntosh) and William Turnbull, a graduate of the school of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1904.

David attended the University of Manitoba from 1924 to 1928 where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. In his final year he was the senior stick for the Faculty of Arts and was awarded the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford. At Oxford he obtained a Bachelor and Masters of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1931. During his time at Oxford University he was accepted as a member of the University Ice Hockey Team in 1928 and played for the team at the Spengler Cup in 1928 and 1929.

Turnbull returned to Winnipeg, but soon relocated to Toronto, in 1932, where prospects were believed to be better. That year he joined Manufacturers Life, but two years later he was hired by the firm Woods, Gordon and Co. as a time-study man. Employed within the firm’s work measurement services department, Turnbull was primarily concerned with time and motion, marketing, supervisory training and organizational studies. In 1952, he opened the firm’s Montreal office where he was to remain in charge for the next twelve years. Upon his mandatory retirement as a partner in 1964, he moved to the Toronto office to assist the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine in its expansion project. He fully retired in 1972 to pursue his own interests until his death on December 26th, 1995.

Custodial history

Ian Turnbull donated the two accessions, A2004-015 & A2004-116, were donated to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2004.

Scope and content

A2004-115 consists of four series and a photographic collection. The series includes correspondence, biographical and a scrapbook and subject files. The majority of the fonds consists of letters written by David Turnbull to his mother, which have been collected in the form of a journal. In addition, two photo albums consisting of 772 black and white photographs take up a large part of the collection. This fonds deals primarily with David Turnbull’s experience as a Rhodes Scholar from 1928 to 1931.

The second accrual (A2004-116) contains biographical information, correspondence, photographs, and two Spengler Cup medals from 1929 and 1930.

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A2004-115 is organized into four series:

Correspondence
Biographical
PC 178 (A.04-15)
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A2004-116 is organized into one series:
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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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Finding aid created by Jonathan Nordland and Brian Hubner (August 2004). Encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (January 2005). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - MSS 186, PC 178 (A.04-15, A.04-116) converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by: N. Courrier (September 2019).

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