Fonds MSS 246 (A2007-004) - William P. Thompson fonds

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William P. Thompson fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 246 (A2007-004)

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  • 1963-2005 (Creation)
    Thompson, William P.

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7.1 m of textual and other material

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William P. Thompson was an architect and architectural historian who taught at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Thompson was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on October 11, 1942. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1965. He obtained an M.A. in Architectural History from Cornell University in 1967. Ten years later he received his PhD in Architecture & Urban Planning from Cornell.

Thompson taught at the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor from 1967-1969. In the fall of 1969 he joined the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, where he taught for the next 33 years until 2002. In 1975, he published Winnipeg Architecture, 100 Years (Queenston House) for which he won the Margaret McWilliams Award. In 1992, he was a recipient of the prestigious Canada 125 Medal. He won the University of Manitoba Outreach Award in 1996 for outstanding achievements in neighborhood conservation.

He also acted as the President of the Manitoba Historical Society and Vice-President of Heritage Winnipeg.

Thompson died in Winnipeg on December 24, 2006 at the age of 64.

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The fonds were donated to the Archives & Special Collections in 2007 by his partner Evelyn McFarland.

Scope and content

The Thompson fonds are divided into 23 series. They include: biographical information; academic research; PhD material; articles & lectures; conferences; unpublished manuscript Guide to Manitoba Architecture drafts; University of Manitoba material; course outlines; Legacy Project; Lake of the Woods cottages research; miscellaneous research material; revitalizing old homes course; heritage & historic buildings; heritage projects; conservation & preservation; Thompson's restoration projects; Manitoba Historical Society; correspondence; student essays; oversize material; photographs; videocassettes & tape collection.

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The following records are restricted. Please see a university archivist for more information.

Box 8 Folder 2
Box 9 Folder 8 and 9
Box 24, Folder 5 and 6
Box 42 Folder 1, 2 and 3
Box 43 Folder 1 and 2
Box 44 Folder 1, 2 and 3

PC 212 Box 4, Folder 1-9

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Researchers are responsible for following applicable copyright regulations.

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Finding aid created and encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (November 2007). Revised by N. Courrier (December 2019).

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