Fonds MSS 006 - Graham Lawson Shanks fonds

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Graham Lawson Shanks fonds

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MSS 006

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  • 1908-1953 (Creation)
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    Shanks, Graham Lawson

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25.5 cm of textual material, 14 photographs, and 350 glass slides.

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(1889-1983)

Biographical history

Graham Lawson Shanks was born on November 15, 1889 in Pettapiece, Manitoba. Shanks and his wife Mildred had one son named John Edward. In 1909, Shanks enrolled in the Manitoba Agricultural College (which would later be amalgamated into the University of Manitoba in 1929) and three years later, in 1912, graduated as member of the first graduating class of three in Agricultural Engineering. After graduating, Shanks held a position as an instructor of farm mechanics at the School of Agriculture in Vermillion, Alberta. In 1917, he accepted appointment at the Manitoba Agricultural College as a lecturer in Agricultural Engineering. A year later, he did service in the First World War with the Royal Flying Corps as a Cadet where he returned from duty on December 1918. At the age of 32, in 1921, he then went on to accept a position as Head of the Agricultural Engineering section where he continued to work until his retirement in 1955. Later on in 1930, Shanks would go on to receive an M.S. at the Iowa State College. His position was secure until 1933, when the Department of Agriculture closed its doors due to the depression. During that time Shanks remained on staff as a member of the Department of Civil Engineering but once the Department of Agricultural Engineering was re-established in 1947, Shanks reclaimed his title as Head of the department. In addition to teaching, Shanks also held many memberships in societies. He was member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Agricultural Institute of Canada. On December 15, 1951, Shanks took a leave of absence to serve as an adviser in farm mechanization to the government of Pakistan under the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations until December 15, 1952. G.L. Shanks has also made many more contributions by heading investigations into farm affairs and farm machinery problems in Manitoba that contributed to the formation of business and government policy. On June 15, 1983, Shanks passed away at the age of 93.

Custodial history

MSS 6, PC 4 - the manuscript was donated by the Faculty of Agriculture prior 1978 and the photograph collection by F.F. Parkinson in 1981.

A1981-016 was donated by Don Meadows, the Faculty of Agriculture in 1981.

Scope and content

MSS 6, PC 4 consists of twenty four diaries written by G. L. Shanks and a collection of photographs pertaining to Professor Shanks' essay "Philip Grove - His Ability to Describe the Rural Scene."

A1981-016 consists of Shanks' glass slides and printed material.

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MSS 6, PC 4 is arranged into two series
• Diaries
• Photographs Collections - PC 4

A1981-016 is arranged into two series.
• Glass Slides
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4

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MSS 6, PC 4: Finding aid was created prior to 1978. Encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2005). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - Mss 6, PC 4 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

A1981-016: Finding aid created by Marie-Clair Cote (2005). Encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2005). Revision history: July 26, 2005 - Mss 6 A.81-16 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).

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