Fonds Mss 32, PC 35 - John M. Gray fonds

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John M. Gray fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 32, PC 35

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0.5 m of textual records and graphic materials

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Biographical history

John Morgan Gray was born in Ontario in 1907 and was educated at private schools and the University of Toronto. He joined the Macmillan Company of Canada soon after leaving college. During World War II, he enlisted in the Toronto Scottish Regiment and was assigned overseas. After the war, he rejoined MacMillan and swiftly rose to become President of the firm, which is the Canadian offshoot of the MacMillan book publishing firm established in Britain.

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Found in the records of the University of Manitoba's Office of the President (Dr. Hugh Saunderson)

Scope and content

The collection is comprised of the original handwritten draft, a typewritten revision and final galley proofs of the author's literary manuscript later published as Lord Selkirk of Red River (Toronto; MacMillan Company of Canada, 1963). Included is Gray's correspondence, written in the course of compiling information, and a folder full of his scribbled notes. The collection also contains photocopies (taken from the National Archives, McCord Museum at McGill University, the British Museum, and the National Library of Scotland) of approximately 100 letters to, from and about Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk, dated 1787-1826. Photographs and vital statistics are also available.

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This collection is organized into five series:

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  • English

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Seventeen photographs of the Selkirk Homestead, cemetary, historical plaques, and vital statistics documentation have been removed and are available for use through PC 35 - Photographs Collections

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Open to all researchers

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Open to all researchers

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Inventory prepared by Dr. R.E. Bennett in 1984.
Finding aid created by V. Zvonik in 2004.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 09 June 2017.

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