Fonds MSS 394, PC 353, TC 183, EL 73, MF 36 (A02-58, A07-37) - J.M. Bumsted fonds

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J.M. Bumsted fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 394, PC 353, TC 183, EL 73, MF 36 (A02-58, A07-37)

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12.25 textual records
3 photographs
2 videocassettes
3 audio reels
1 audiocassette
1 3.5 floppy computer diskette
7 sheets of microfiche

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John "Jack" Michael Bumsted was born in White Plains, New York on December 12,1938. He received a B.A. (cum laude) from Tufts University in 1958. He obtained a Ph.D. in history from Brown University in 1965. He was an instructor at Tufts from 1963 to 1965. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1965 to take a position as an assistant history professor at the recently opened Simon Fraser University. He obtained the rank of associate professor in 1969 and full professor in 1975. In 1980 he moved to Winnipeg to teach at the University of Manitoba, a position he held until his retirement in 2008. He was appointed Director of the Institute of the Humanities from 1996 to 1998. Bumsted held visiting professorships at McMaster University (1967-1969) and University of Edinburgh (1979-1980). He was the W.P. Bell Visiting Chair in Maritime Studies in 1985-1986.

Bumsted is a prolific writer and researcher having authored more than thirty books. He has twice won the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize - initially for his book Land, Settlement and Politics in 18th Century PEI (1987) and then again for his Biography of Lord Selkirk (2009). Two of his books, Interpreting Canada's Past and A History of the Canadian Peoples are in their fourth printing.

Bumsted was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society. Bumsted retired from the University of Manitoba in 2008. He and his wife own Whodunit ? Mystery Book Store.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Jack Bumsted in 2002 and 2007.

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The 2002 accession consists of 10 series: biographical information, Selkirk papers project, manuscripts, flood research material (basis for Manitoba flood of 1950 and Flood of the Century), articles, book chapters and conference papers, government research on 1997 flood, course outlines, University of Manitoba, St. John's College and History Department correspondence, general correspondence, and research material.

The 2007 accrual contain the following series and subseries:.biographical information; St. John's College material; University of Manitoba book; Louis Riel; manuscripts, chapters, articles and book reviews (Dictionary of Canadian Biography, University of Manitoba book, flood research, Essays for Readings in Canadian History sub-series); course notes; Policy Research Committee conferences; correspondence; bibliography; women and legal research; York Factory; Selkirk Settlement; mystery novels research; Maritime research; research material; Captain John MacDonald research, Scots in Canada; Scottish research; Scottish Clearance research; Red River Settlement; Prince Edward Island research material; photo collection (PC 353); tape collection (TC 183); electronic records (EL 73); and microfiche collection (MF 36). The photocopied research material in this accrual dates back to 1755.

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On-line finding aids are available at the links below: MSS 394 (A02-58) MSS 394, PC 353, TC 183, EL 73, MF 36 (A07-37)

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Created by Lewis St. George Stubbs - January 2014
Revised by Brett Lougheed - April 2014

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