Collection Mss 265 (A.08-66) - Magnus Eliason Collection

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Magnus Eliason Collection

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

CA UMASC Mss 265 (A.08-66)

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1902-1993 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

0.37 m of textual records.

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Magnus Eliason was born on June 21, 1911. He was born and raised on a farmstead in North Laufholi. Eliason was only born with 10% of his normal vision. He and his brothers, Helgi and Frank, headed to the Peace River District of Northern British Columbia. He then became a founding member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and was deeply committed to the social democratic cause throughout the entirety of his life. During his life, he met C.C.F. giants J.S. Woodsworth and Tommy Douglas. Eliason was encouraged to start public speaking and became a known orator and organizer for the C.C.F. and New Democratic Party. He spread the word of the C.C.F. throughout Western and Atlantic Canada. He was the C.C.F.'s nominee in the Peace River district in the 1937 election but was defeated in this and several other elections. He was then elected as a City Councilor for Winnipeg in 1968 and remained in office until his retirement in 1989. Eliason was quite passionate about politics and equally so about his Icelandic heritage. He worked endlessly for the Icelandic community and Scandinavian Centre, which he served as President for several years. In his final years, he was rewarded with Iceland's greatest honor, The Order of the Falcon, by the President of Iceland. Magnus Eliason passed away Friday, November 11, 2005.

Custodial history

The collection was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the estate of Magnus Eliason in 2008 via Jim Blanchard, Acting Head of Elizabeth Dafoe Library.

Scope and content

The collection consists of printed material relating to the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the NDP, and other socialist organizations. This collection includes sing-along books, pamphlets, election handouts, and other assorted propaganda mediums. Some of the notable authors of this material are T.C. Douglas, Leon Trotsky, as well as anonymous authors of their respective organizations.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on this material.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room.

Associated materials

Related materials


No further accruals expected.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres