Accession A2010-112 - William O. Pruitt Jr. fonds

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William O. Pruitt Jr. fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 326-A2010-112

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  • 1945-2009 (Creation)
    Pruitt, William O.

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4.4 m. of textual & other material. It includes 2723 slides, 1059 photos, 880 negatives, 7 video cassettes, 25 film reels, 21 35mm. colour reels, 11 commericial film reels, 12 CDS, 8 audio tapes, 151 computer discs, 2 microfilm reels & 37 maps

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William Obadiah Pruitt was born in Easton, Maryland on September 1, 1922. He served with US Army Medical Corp during the Second World War. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. The following year he completed an M.A. followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1952.

After teaching at the University of Alaska, University of Oklahoma, and Memorial University, Dr. Pruitt joined University of Manitoba in 1969 and retired in 1996. He remained a Senior Scholar following his retirement. In 1973 Pruitt launched the Taiga Biological Station a research outpost in the boreal forest. Often the funding for this endeavor came from his own pocket. He published extensively over a fifty-year period (1951-2001).

Dr. Pruitt received several awards and honours including the Government of Canada Northern Science Award Centenary Medal in 1989 and Vilhjalmur Stenfansson Award by the University of Manitoba Northern Studies Committee the same year. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alaska in 1993 and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Memorial University in 2001. Dr. Pruitt died on December 7, 2009.

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The fonds was donated by the Pruitt family in 2010.

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The fonds are divided into 11 series. They include: Articles, book reviews & reports, Organizations, Taiga Biological Station, Correspondence, Research Material, Mould Damaged Journals, Photo Collection (PC 281), Tape Collection (TC 155), Microfilm Collection (Mf. 32), Electronic Records (EL 25) & Maps (MC 34).

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Box numbers have been altered in the photo collection, consult the donor file for more information.

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Finding aid created and encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2011). Revised by N. Courrier (October 2019).

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