Fonds MSS SC 050 - George Black fonds

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George Black fonds

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  • 1897 (Creation)

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0.19 m of textual records.

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Biographical history

George Black was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University. He served with Colonel Wolseley at Lower Fort Garry and opened a store at Selkirk, Manitoba upon his military discharge. He was appointed assistant auditor in the Manitoba government in 1885 and auditor in 1888, serving until 1915. He was a member of the Free Masons, serving as first master of the Selkirk lodge in 1870-1871, deputy grand master for Manitoba in 1874 and grand master in 1875. He died in 1919.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Esme Langer of the Winnipeg Free Press in 1979.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of a diary written by George Black, who describes his journey from Winnipeg by steamer up the Red River to bring relief to settlers distressed by the flood of April 22-28, 1897. It is a leather bound account book containing Black's penciled diary and a record of mail and supplies delivered.

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  • English

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room.

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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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  • Folder: A1979-024, File 0001