Fonds MSS 119 - Henry E. Duckworth fonds

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Henry E. Duckworth fonds

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  • 1938 - 2008 (Creation)
    Duckworth, H. E. (Henry Edmison)

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9.97 m of textual records.
34 photographs, 1 contact sheet, 30 drawings.
2 VHS tapes.
1 33.3 phonograph record, 4 audiocassettes.

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Biographical history

Henry Duckworth was born in Brandon, Manitoba. He was the only child of a United Church minister. He graduated from Wesley College with a B.A. (1935), and the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (1936) and a Teaching Certificate (1937). Following three years of secondary and junior college teaching, he enrolled at the University of Chicago where he earned his Ph.D. in Physics in 1942. He undertook three years of war research with the National Research Council of Canada. He worked at the University of Manitoba (1945-1946), Wesleyan University (1946-1951) and McMaster University (1951-1965). In 1965 he became vice-president of the University of Manitoba, and then president of the University of Winnipeg (1971-1981). He was chancellor of the University of Manitoba (1981-1991). Dr. Duckworth gained international acclaim for his work in atomic energy, especially his work in mass spectroscopy. He was able to accurately predict the energies released in various nuclear transmutations. Dr. Duckworth died December 18, 2008.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated by Dr. Henry E. Duckworth and transferred to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in several installments in 1992 and 1996. Dr. Duckworth and his daughter, Jane Duckworth Maksymiuk, donated hundreds of his speeches and the complete set of his University of Winnipeg presidency desk journals in October 1996. The 2009 and 2011 accruals (A.09-47, A.11-80) were donated by Duckworth's son, Dr. Harry Duckworth, in 2009.

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The fonds consists of personal papers documenting his participation in several national and international committees, his scientific studies and achievements, his role as chancellor of the University of Manitoba and various other personal papers covering his multi-faceted career. The 2009 accrual (A.09-47) consists of seven series. They include biographical information, articles and conference papers, student notes, teaching material, atomic mass conference in Winnipeg, correspondence, and photographs and drawings (PC 121). The A.11-80 accrual contains 12 series. They include: biographical information, speeches, Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safety, correspondence, University of Manitoba historic plaques project, books, conferences, University of Winnipeg, research material, photograph collection, tape collection, and oversize material.

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  • English

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and on-line finding aids are available at the links below:MSS 119, PC 121 (A.92-61, A.92-67, A.96-98)

MSS 119, PC 121 (A.09-47)

The accrual for A2011-080 is linked to this description.

We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism and the Heritage Grants Advisory Council in the creation of this finding aid.

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See also the H.E. Duckworth Papers at the University of Winnipeg Archives.

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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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PC 121

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TC 165

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