Fonds MSS 283 - Frederick D. Baragar fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Frederick D. Baragar fonds

General material designation

  • Textual record
  • Graphic material

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on creator of the majority of the fonds.

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


Physical description area

Physical description

0.38 m of textual records.
3 photographs

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Frederick Drury Baragar was born in 1891 in Rawdon Township, Ontario, to Charles Inkerman Baragar and Emily (Bell) Baragar. He moved with his family to Elm Creek, Manitoba in 1895. In 1914, Baragar graduated from Wesley College, University of Manitoba (later one of the founding colleges of the University of Winnipeg) with a B.A. and moved to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto where he got an Education Degree in 1915. Baragar was a member of the Canadian Officer Training Corps at U of T before enlisting in the ranks of the Canadian Field Artillery on February 25, 1915, in the 2nd Canadian British Expeditionary Force, Divisional Artillery, 7th Canadian Artillery Brigade, 26th Battery. In the military, Baragar saw such battles as St. Eloi, Hooge, Somme, Vimy, Hill 70, Amiens, Arras, and Cambrai.

Beginning in the 26th Battery, Baragar was a Driver and Gunner, but was promoted to Bombardier in January 1916. In 1917, he was promoted to Corporal of the 17th Battery, and became Lieutenant of the 4th Battery in March 1918. Baragar was awarded a Military Cross in Drocourt-Queant, September 2, 1918. He was demobilized in Kingston, April 25, 1919. Baragar's brother, Charles (B.A. (1910), C.M. (1914), M.D. (1914), University of Manitoba), served in the Medical Corps, and his brother, Frank, served in the Royal Air Force during the First World War as well.

After the War, Frederick Baragar married Edith Anne Robertson (B.A. (1917, University of Manitoba) on December 31, 1919, and they settled in Winnipeg. They had been engaged since May 20, 1915 and corresponded consistently until Baragar's return to Manitoba. In Winnipeg, Baragar became a teacher at St. John's Technical High School before accepting the position of principal at Principal Sparling School. In 1938, he became principal of Laura Secord School until his retirement in 1957. During the Second World War, Baragar was on voluntary service as an instructor at Camp Shilo. He was always active in the Manitoba Teachers Society, becoming President in 1946-1947. He was also appointed honorary president of the United College Students' Association in 1949. In 1965, the Fred Baragar Memorial Library, an expansion of the Laura Second School library, was opened in his honour.

Frederick Baragar died October 4th, 1964 at Winnipeg General Hospital. The Frederick and Edith (Robertson) Baragar Scholarship was established in their memory at the University of Winnipeg by their family and friends.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Fred Baragar's children - Michael Baragar, Fletcher Baragar and Peggy Sanders - in 2008.

Scope and content

Frederick D. Baragar's war correspondence is divided into four series: letters to home folks (letters written to family and friends), letters to Edith Robertson, whizbangs, and typed transcripts of the correspondence. A brief summary of each letter is given in the finding aid.
The collection also contains a set of miscellaneous documents related to Frederick Baragar and his family, as well as three photographs showing Baragar in uniform.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


The records are arranged chronologically within each series.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on this material.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

A finding aid can be downloaded as a pdf from this description.

Generated finding aid

Associated materials

Charles Arthur Baragar fonds at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine Archives Charles Arthur Baragar fonds at the University of Winnipeg Archives

Related materials


Further accruals are expected.

Alternative identifier(s)



Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

MSS 283 (A08-156)

Institution identifier


Rules or conventions



Level of detail


Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Inventory prepared by Robert Ross (2009)
Revised by Tyyne Petrowski June 2014.
Quality checked by Mary Grace P. Golfo on 23 February 2017.

Language of description

  • English

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres