Accession A2012-75, A2012-106 - William O. Pruitt Jr. fonds

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William O. Pruitt Jr. fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 326-A2012-75, A2012-106

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  • 1955-2007 (Creation)
    Pruitt, William O.

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0.25 m textual records, 153 slides, 98 photographs, 181 negatives, 8 audio cassettes, one video cassette, one 16mm film reel, one map

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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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This accession of the fonds was donated by the Pruitt family in 2012. Rick Riewe had temporary custody of A12-106 and brought it to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections on behalf of the Pruitt family.

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A12-75 contains audio casettes with material on Andrew Taylor and "Wild Harmony interviews". A12-106 of the William O. Pruitt Jr. fonds contains correspondence and research materials, copies of journal articles and presentation materials, photographs, slides, a VHS cassette, a 16 mm film reel, and a map.

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A12-75 contains eight audio cassettes containing material on Andrew Taylor and interviews related to "Wild Harmony". The remainder of the finding aid id for A12-106, which is arranged into three series. The first contains the printed materials (including correspondence, research materials, manuscript drafts, and other documentation) arranged alphabetically, with a second series containing the audio/visual materials that make up the PC 281 and TC 155 portion of the collection. The third series contains one map and bioclimate charts.

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Electronic finding aids for the other accessions (A10-03, A10-93, A10-112) of the William O. Pruitt Jr. fonds are available.

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Related materials for A12-75 can be found in the Andrew Taylor fonds (A93-89).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Created 2014.
Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).

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