Fonds MSS 199 - Elinor Barr fonds

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Elinor Barr fonds

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  • Records in electronic form
  • Graphic material
  • Sound recording
  • Moving images

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8 m of textual records
7 video cassettes
7 audio cassettes
9 floppy discs
3 oversized photos
27 CDs

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Elinor Barr was born April 2, 1933 to Swedish parents, Mary & Tony Berglund, and grew up in Ignace, Ontario. After her marriage to Peter Barr and the birth of her two sons she studied at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. This resulted in a career of writing local history and operating a regional book distribution and publishing company called Singing Shield Productions. Swedes in Canada is her eighth book.

Barr has written entries for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, The Canadian Encyclopedia , scholarly journals , the National Film and the coffee table book A Vast and Magnificent Land. She scripted a documentary film and worked as the associate producer for the TVO series "Distant Voices" and the televised tribute of the cultural contribution
of Nordic people to Northwestern, Ontario, Our Nordic Legacy.

Developing an interest in her own family background , she traced relatives in Sweden and immersed herself in learning the language. She researched & wrote Swedes in Canada over a fourteen yea period culminating with its publication by University of Toronto Press in 2015. The same year that she donated her research material to the University of
Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

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The fonds were donated by Elinor Barr in 2015.

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The fonds is divided into 18 series. They include: Celebrations, religion, memoirs & family stories, societies, literature, Swedish authors, correspondence, places, profiles, immigration/emigration, women, business, education, research material, photo collection including 7 VHS cassettes, 14 CDS with photos & 3 oversize photos, Electronic Records including 13 CDS & 9 floppy discs, Tape Collection including 7 audio cassettes.

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This collection was donated by Elinor Barr in 2015.


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  • English
  • Swedish

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Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections for details.

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Created by Lewis Stubbs, December 2015
Revised by Andrea Martin, December 2015

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  • English

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