Fonds A1997-060 - Suzanne Muir fonds

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Suzanne Muir fonds

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CA UMASC A1997-060

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0.25 m of textual records. 11 photographs.

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Suzanne Muir was born in Glascow, Scotland on June 26, 1891. She was the eldest daughter and the second of five children of Matthew McLeod Muir and Sarah Muir (nee Frayer). Suzanne and her widowed mother emigrated to Canada in 1921 or 1922. A sister Emma Kathryn emigrated at a later date. Sarah Muir died in Winnipeg in January 1930.

Suzanne and her sister Kathryn sold the family home on Lindsay St. in 1932 and moved into Fairmont Apartments at 52 Edmonton. The sisters both worked as legal secretaries. Suzanne and Kathryn became active in the Spiritualist Church following the death of their mother. In 1937 they met the Reverend William Robertson Wood (1874-1947), a United Church minister. For ten years Reverend Wood and his wife Margaret Matilda Wood sat weekly at the Muir sisters' apartment in a rescue circle. The purpose of a rescue circle was to release earth bound spirits to leave the mortal realm. Suzanne was a bi-monthly lecturer at the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church/ Winnipeg Psychic Society from 1962-1990. In 1997, Suzanne Muir died at the age of 105.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Suzanne Muir's nephew, Matthew McLeod Muir (1920-2007), of Glasgow, Scotland in 1997. The material had been stored at the farm of his sister-in-law, Kathleen Forrester, in Emerson, Manitoba. The initial donation consisted of 240 books that have been distributed throughout the library. Any duplicates were given to the Survival Research Institute of Canada.

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The fonds is divided into three series. A single article about Suzanne Muir, her sister and Reverend Wood comprises the biographical series. The second series contains lectures that Suzanne Muir gave at the Spiritualist Church that congregated at the International Odd Fellows Hall. The third series is comprised of newspaper clippings and published articles that Muir used for research purposes.

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Created by Lewis St. George Stubbs (April 2005). Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (April 2005). Finding aid converted by Justin Fuhr (July 2016). Revised by N. Courrier (October 2018).

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