Fonds MSS 052 - Donald John Birse fonds

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Donald John Birse fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 052

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  • 1887-1969, predominant 1928-1969 (Creation)
    Creator
    Birse, Donald John

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Physical description

0.8 m of textual records and graphic materials. [Note: Includes 127 photographs. -- 14 postcards. -- 2 photographic plates. -- 1 album.]

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Name of creator

(1???-19??)

Biographical history

Donald Birse was born in Minnesota and moved to Canada early in life. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in geology. His work as a student assistant in the Canadian Geological Survey from 1924-1926 prepared him for an outdoor career, primarily in northern Manitoba. Birse worked for several geological companies over the course of his career. He also worked as a geological consultant. He conducted geological explorations for new mineral sites, and evaluated the economic viability of numerous mining and land claims.

Custodial history

The Donald John Birse Collection was transferred to the Archives & Special Collections on September 10, 1981 by Mrs. Berythe Birse, Donald Birse's widow.

Scope and content

The collection contains the files, reports, correspondence, printed maps and pamphlets gathered or created by Donald Birse during his career spanning the years 1928 to 1969. Of special interest are his diaries and work journals, mineral claims, company reports and approximately 150 photographs of various geological expeditions in northern Manitoba from 1924 to 1937.

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This collection is organized into 7 series.

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  • English

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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. The collection can be consulted and used only in the reading room of Archives & Special Collections, Elizabeth Dafoe Library.

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One hundred and eighty-one photographs have been physically separated from the collection for conservation purposes. They have been assigned the number PC 74.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Photograph Collection

PC 74

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Inventory prepared by Stephen Blain in 1989.
Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers on August 2002.
Quality checked by Mary Grace P. Golfo on 24 February 2017.

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  • English

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