Fonds Mss 19, Pc 19, Mc 2 - Joseph Henry Ellis fonds

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Joseph Henry Ellis fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 19, Pc 19, Mc 2

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  • 1811-1972 (Creation)

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2.5 m of textual records.
2154 photographs.
212 negatives.
266 maps.

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Biographical history

Born in Coventry, England in 1890, Joseph Henry Ellis immigrated to Canada in 1907. From his arrival until 1914, he worked on a farm at Glenboro, Manitoba, and also at the Brandon Experimental Farm. In 1918 he graduated from Manitoba Agricultural College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then accepted a position as experimentalist and lecturer in soil management in the Field Husbandry Department. In 1927 he received a MSc from the University of Minnesota and became the first head of the Soils Division at the University of Manitoba, a post he held until 1955. Throughout this period he lectured and participated in soil surveys to map and classify the soils of Manitoba. Elements of his classification system were later incorporated into the Canadian soil classification system. Following his tenure as Head of the Department of Soil Science, Professor Ellis acted as a consultant for the federal government's Department of Mines and Natural Resources and the Manitoba Department of Agriculture.

Custodial history

The first accession of the Joseph Henry Ellis fonds was donated by Dr. R.A. Hedlin of the Department of Soil Science in 1980. The second accession was originally donated to the Provincial Archives of Manitoba, but in view of the fact that the University of Manitoba held the majority of the Dr. J.H. Ellis collection, it was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by J. Ellis in 1992.

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The fonds consists of biographical material, land inspection reports, special project reports, course materials, awards and surveys set among a few financial records, maps and notes. 2154 photographs, 212 negatives and photograph albums have been transferred to the photograph collection PC 19. MC 2 consists of 266 maps.

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  • English

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No restrictions have been placed upon the collection. It is available to all those who wish to consult it on the condition that they abide by all copyright laws and regulations as passed by the Parliament of Canada and exercise proper care of all contained therein. Any excerpts or quotations from the Collection must not be used without acknowledgment and source attribution.

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Past accruals include: A1980-044, A1992-041 and A1996-047.
No further accruals are expected.

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Revisions and Additions by Kathleen Epp, 1992 and John Richthammer, 1996.
Finding aid migrated to AtoM on August 30, 2017 by Natalie Vielfaure.

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