Visit this blog for regular posts about Your Archives: The Histories We Share throughout 2020. Visit the Archives of Manitoba to see the records in person.

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February 25, 2020

Cyclist on trail along Portage Avenue, 1900 - Submission from Glenn Bergen, Managing Editor, University of Manitoba Press

“The Winnipeg Streets folders in the research room photo collection have long been my favourite records to browse at the Manitoba Archives. Among other photos sorted under organizations, people, and photographers, this drawer offers a delightfully random set of images, with some great surprises, including what is probably one of the earliest photos of a Winnipeg cyclist.”

Cyclist along Portage Avenue
Cyclist along Portage Avenue
Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg Streets – Portage, c.1900, N4549

“This particular image gives a sense of a landscape and forest that was found in early Winnipeg, and hints at how prominent bicycles were before cars took over the roads. Cycling infrastructure isn't a new idea, as shown in the bike path that parallels Portage Avenue in this photo. We have a long way to go before we can reclaim the kind of ‘active transportation’ system we had over a century ago.”

Want to know more?  Search Keystone for other records related to Portage Avenue, bicycles, and active transportation. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

Want to participate in Your Archives?  See Submit Your Story and Upcoming Events for details.  You may e-mail us at yourarchives@gov.mb.ca with a comment about this blog post and your comments may be included on this page.

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February 21, 2020

Photo from 1964 of the Simpsons-Sears building at Polo Park Shopping Centre - Submission from Belle Cameron, Admin of Facebook group ‘Retro St. James’

“I choose this photo because it shows the classic cars of that era. I run a Facebook group called ‘Retro St. James,’ and we post a lot of photos from the Manitoba Archives. I notice which photos are popular among our 7,000 members and it seems people love to see old photos from their youth, anything with storefronts or classic cars.”

Photo from 1964 at Polo Park
Photo from 1964 at Polo Park
Archives of Manitoba, CH 0267 Government photographs, GR0201, GH-64-94 Winnipeg, Polo Park Shopping Centre, 1964, CV 164-1

Want to know more?  Search Keystone for other records related to Polo Park, cars, and the ‘government photographer’ for other early photos of Winnipeg.  You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

Want to participate in Your Archives?  See Submit Your Story and Upcoming Events for details.  You may e-mail us at yourarchives@gov.mb.ca with a comment about this blog post and your comments may be included on this page.

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February 18, 2020

1967 Pan Am Games documentary – Submission from Ross Munro, filmmaker, born in Winnipeg now living in Vancouver, B.C.

“Even though my wife and film producing partner Maria and I are located in Vancouver, our new documentary film ‘European Tour '73’ – which is based on my father's obsession with connecting his children to his own memories of when his father fought with the Canadian military in WW2 in Europe – required us to return to my hometown of Winnipeg for more essential research.

“Luckily, we ended up at the treasure trove of all things historical at the magnificent building that housed the Manitoba Archives which proved an invaluable help in grounding our film with certain essential details from the province's past. In our film we needed to reconstruct my grandfather's wartime experiences as he served and, subsequently, was wounded while fighting with the Winnipeg-based Queen's Own Cameron's Highlanders in France in WW2.

“Further to this, we needed to visually set the scene in showing how the city of Winnipeg looked circa 1973 – the year my parents took us on a trip to Europe that we subsequently moulded the story of my grandfather's wartime exploits around. Fortunately, the great staff at the Archives of Manitoba were able to find and allow us to view some amazing DVDs documenting Winnipeg and Manitoba circa the late 1960s/70s – including the richly rewarding documentary about Winnipeg's 1967 Pan Am Games! – all of which, when viewed, helped immensely by inspiring us to put together a more historically accurate documentary.”

Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Images from the 1967 Pan-Am Games
Archives of Manitoba, Pan-American Games (1967) Society fonds, Image from the film entitled "5th Pan-American Games," 1967, V223.

Want to know more?  Search Keystone for other records related to Pan-American Games, Second World War, and Highlanders.  You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

Want to participate in Your Archives?  See Submit Your Story and Upcoming Events for details.  You may e-mail us at yourarchives@gov.mb.ca with a comment about this blog post and your comments may be included on this page.

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February 14, 2020

HBC's 1919 film expedition: textual materials and nitrate film footage - Submission from Kevin Nikkel, filmmaker

“For each documentary project I work on, I inevitably find myself digging through the Keystone database looking for references. There is a strange compulsion that takes over as I work my way deeper into the online references. I'm led to a file folder, a stack of photos, or flip top box delivered to my table in the reading room. The clock chimes. The sound of a cart being wheeled from one end of the room to the other. Nothing in this box, but I remember that I've found gold in here before, so I keep digging.

“The greatest load of gold I found, that I will always treasure, are the materials dealing with the HBC's 1919 film expedition across Northern Canada to produce their silent feature film ‘The Romance of the Far Fur Country’. From the first description I found in Peter Geller's book ‘Northern Exposures’ I followed the trail of footnotes and endnotes to the Archives of Manitoba.

“The trail didn't end there--soon I was over to England to the British Film Institute's collection where the HBC's nitrate film had waited for decades to be re-discovered and returned to audiences in Canada. With the help of Keeper Maureen Dolyniuk, archivist James Gorton, academic Peter Geller, and my collaborator Chris Nikkel--the years spent working on this project were a delight, culminating in the release of my documentary ‘On the Trail of the Far Fur Country’ in 2014 and the re-release of HBC's ‘Romance of the Far Fur Country’ shortly after.

“The archival collection of materials dealing with this expedition grew along with the project during this time. The HBCA welcomed the nitrate materials back home to the vaults in Winnipeg. The Wyckoff family in California agreed to donate their grandfather's letters, journals and photographs dealing with the 1919 expedition to the HBCA as well [Arthur M. Irvine].

Photo from the Trials and Tribulations of a Cameraman
Photo from the Trials and Tribulations of a Cameraman
Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, The trials and tribulations of a cameraman, HB2011/2, 1920, F120-1 - F 120-2

“As I reflect on these holdings in the Archives of Manitoba, I recognize how privileged I've been to collaborate with the archives as a storyteller. I certainly couldn't do what I do without the materials and collaborators we have here in the Hudson's Bay Company Archives and the Provincial Archives of Manitoba.”

Want to know more?  Search Keystone for other records related to Romance of the Far Fur Country, HBC films, Arthur Irvine.  Learn more about the Hudson Bay Company Archives. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

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February 7, 2020

Welcome and submission from Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister and the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Honourable Cathy Cox

“It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to Your Archives: The Histories We Share and provide the inaugural submission.

“I have chosen an election postcard distributed by Edith Rogers, the first woman elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. Women won the right to vote in 1916, and the following  election, in 1920, was the first since the change in legislation. Edith won her seat in the 1920 election and again in 1922 and 1927 before retiring from politics.

Edith Roger's election postcard front and back
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Edith Roger's election postcard
Archives of Manitoba, Edith Rogers fonds, Item 15, election postcard, 1922, P188A/1

“As Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, this postcard reminds me of the amazing contributions women have made to Manitoba through the course of our history. As the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, I am grateful to the Archives and our dedicated staff who work to preserve this piece of history and so many more amazing records that tell our unique stories.”

Want to know more?  Search Keystone for other records related to Edith Rogers, suffrage, and the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.  Check out blog posts related to the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Manitoba in the ‘At Home and Away’ online exhibit and a post dedicated to Edith Rogers. You can also Visit Us in person at the Archives of Manitoba.

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January 28, 2020

Welcome from Scott Goodine, Archivist of Manitoba

I am excited to announce the launch of the Archives of Manitoba’s new initiative, “Your Archives: The Histories We Share.” 

We have been thinking for some time about the anniversaries associated with 2020, Manitoba’s 150th year as a province, the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance, and the 350th anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

In this year, we are asking Manitobans - and anyone who is interested - to build our exhibit.  We are inviting you to choose an archival record from the Archives of Manitoba’s holdings and tell us why it matters.  Maybe you know of a record that has deep significance to your family. Maybe you have found a record that describes a critical moment in history.   Maybe you know of a noteworthy photo in our holdings.  We want to display all of them!  We hope that as the series grows, we will be able to present a diverse set of perspectives that honour the many histories that we share. 

It is important to acknowledge that the Archives of Manitoba is built on Treaty 1 territory and the land on which the archives presently stands, is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. The archives holds many records relevant to Indigenous peoples populating the traditional territories, primarily in Manitoba and Canada, but also reaching into other parts of North America and beyond. 

The history of this place that we now call Manitoba didn’t start in 1870 or 1670, but these dates do mark significant dates in our collective histories. By commemorating these anniversaries and embracing the connotations associated with 2020, we are using this year as an opportunity to reflect on the records that the Archives of Manitoba has acquired and preserved from the Manitoba government, Hudson’s Bay Company, and numerous Manitobans, private organizations, and local public bodies that have donated records for long-term preservation.

The holdings of the Archives of Manitoba are a rich resource for the study of the history of Manitoba and its people, as well as the history of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).  The Archives of Manitoba acquires textual records, photographs, sound and moving images, documentary art, cartographic records and architectural records from the Manitoba government, private individuals and organizations, and from the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Archives of Manitoba belongs to the people and the province, and serves an ever-expanding national and international clientele.

The Archives of Manitoba’s mission is to protect information of fundamental significance to community identities, well-being, and individual and collective self-knowledge. The archives documents the mutual rights and obligations entered into by society and those whom the people choose to govern.

The Archives of Manitoba is a public resource, owned by the people of Manitoba.  We are very pleased to launch this initiative.  We look forward to sharing your submission and to seeing how the exhibit will grow throughout 2020.

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