Accession MSS 145 (A1989-046, A1992-052, A2003-063) - Ed Schreyer fonds

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Ed Schreyer fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 145-MSS 145 (A1989-046, A1992-052, A2003-063)

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  • 1950-1988 (Creation)
    Schreyer, Ed

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16.75 m of textual records and other materials

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Edward Schreyer was born on December 21, 1935 in Beausejour, Manitoba to John and Elizabeth (Gottfried) Schreyer. He was educated at Cromwell Public School and Beausejour Collegiate, where he subsequently taught in 1956-1967. He went on to study at United College and St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba, obtaining a Bachelor of Pedagogy in 1959, Bachelor of Arts in 1960, Bachelor of Education in 1962, followed by a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Economics in 1963. In 1960, Schreyer married Lily Schulz with whom he has four children.

Schreyer was first elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly in 1958 at the age of twenty-two and was re-elected in the general elections of 1959 and 1962. From 1962 to 1965, he was concurrently on the staff of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba. In June 1969, he was elected Leader of Manitoba NDP and the youngest Premier of Manitoba (1969-1977) at the age of 33. Schreyer's premiership oversaw the amalgamation of the city of Winnipeg with its suburbs, introduced public automobile insurance, and significantly reduced Medicare premiums, while implementing home care and pharmacare programs. During his terms as Premier, he served as Minister of Manitoba Hydro (1971-1977), where he was involved in numerous crucial decisions regarding environment assessment and analysis, energy management, and emissions control. He also served concurrently as Minister of Finance and Minister of Dominion-Provincial Relations (1972-1975). In 1975, he received a Governor-General Vanier Outstanding Young Canadian Award.

In 1979, Schreyer became the first Manitoban to be appointed Governor General of Canada (1979-1984). As Governor General, Schreyer was a champion for equal women’s rights, official bilingualism and environmental issues. Following his term as Governor General, Schreyer was appointed High Commissioner to Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands (1984-1988). In 1989 upon his return to Canada, Schreyer acted as a guest professor at universities across Canada and Europe, teaching classes on energy economics, environmental impact and resource geography.

Schreyer holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Manitoba, McGill University, Simon Fraser University, and Universite d’Ottawa. In 2002, Schreyer was appointed Chancellor of Brandon University (2002-2008). Schreyer is a recipient of numerous awards, medals and honours, such as: the Canadian Public Service Award, Ottawa (2001); the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); and is Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada (2013). In addition, Schreyer has served as a chairman or director of several charities and institutions such as: the Canadian Shield Foundation; Habitat for Humanity Canada; the International Institute of Sustainable Development; the Winnipeg Library Foundation; and St. Boniface General Hospital.

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The material was donated by Ed Schreyer between 1989 and 2003. This Description includes A.89-46 and A.92-52. There are four accessions A.96-56, A.96-96, A.97-10 & A.98-11 that remain unprocessed.

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The fonds consists of eleven series, the first of which is compiled of Biographical Information. The next seven are compiled in chronological order. The second covers Schreyer’s time teaching at Beausejour Collegiate, pursuing his own academic career as well as lecturing at St. Paul’s College. It contains many term papers and course notes. The third are his files from two terms as an M.L.A. The fourth depicts his terms as an M.P. These files have been maintained in the filing order that Schreyer kept them using his system of record keeping. The fifth and largest series covers Schreyer’s tenure as Premier of Manitoba and is comprised of daily journals, election correspondence, Hydro Inquiries, meeting minutes & speeches. The sixth series documents the year that he was Leader of the Opposition. The seventh and other large series comprises Schreyer’s five-year term as Governor General of Canada. It consists of correspondence, reports, speeches, itinerary of his many visits and appointment books. The eighth series covers Schreyer’s time as High Commissioner to Australia and includes diaries, correspondence, and speeches. The ninth series is personal material including scrapbooks and guest books from many personal and professional occasions. The last two series are the Photo Collection and the Tape Collection.

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This collection is organized into 11 series.
Biographical Information 1966-1984
Education & Teaching 1957-1984
Member of Manitoba Legislature 1957-1977
Member of Parliament 1963-1969
Premier, 1959-1979
Leader of the Opposition [ca. 1977]-1978
Governor General 1978-1984
High Commissioner to Australia 1979-1988
Personal 1972-1985
Photograph Collection (PC 153) [ca. 1950-1960]-1989
Tape Collection (TC 99) 1979-1983

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Finding aid created by Lewis St. George Stubbs (March 2002 & November 2003). Encoded by Julianna Trivers (October 2002 & November 2003). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - MSS 145, PC 153, TC 99, A.03-63 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (December 2019).

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