Fonds Mss 163 (A02-57, A10-101) - William Harold Hunt fonds

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William Harold Hunt fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 163 (A02-57, A10-101)

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  • 1884-1977 (Creation)

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15.3 m of textual records and other material.

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William Harold Hunt was born in Compton county, Québec on November 24, 1884. He moved with his family to Manitoba in 1901. He graduated in 1913 from the University of Manitoba's first graduating class in Civil Engineering. To finance his training, he performed survey work for the Hudson Bay Railway. After graduation, he worked for the city of Moose Jaw. In 1916, he was appointed to the Good Roads Board in Manitoba as District Engineer. He moved to Selkirk, Manitoba in 1920 and served as the President of the Selkirk Board of Trade.

In 1940, he enlisted with the Winnipeg Rifles. He then transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineers until 1945 and served at Dundurn, Petawawa, and Wainwright.

Hunt was involved in supervising the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway from Winnipeg to the western border of Ontario and also in Saskatchewan. He established a private practice in 1954.

He was married to Minnie Pearl Taylor and they have four children. Hunt died at age 91 in Winnipeg on January 24, 1976.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Margaret Carter in 2002 and 2010.

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The fonds consists of textual records, publications, maps, plans, and ephemera that document Hunt's education and career as a civil engineer in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Textual records and some maps relating to his service as a major in the Canadian militia are also included in the fonds. The records document Hunt's education in engineering at the University of Manitoba in the early 1900s. His work in engineering is also documented, particularly through maps, including the Falcon Lake Park, highways construction, irrigation systems, and others. His service in the military led him to document the history of various rifle regiments, the Officer Training Corps, and field engineering military training, which provides particularly valuable information on the period between World War I and World War II military training. His interest in the Hudson Bay Railway supplies a rich documentation on the subject. Some of the ephemera Hunt collected over the years is of particular interest. The material is especially valuable for historical research in the history of engineering in Manitoba and Canadian military history.

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  • English

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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2011). Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2011). Revised by N. Courrier (September 2018). Revised by Mary Horodyski (October 2018).

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