Dr. Paul G. Hiebert :

An Inventory of his papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections .

Inventory prepared by Mr. C.A. Santoro (1983) and Denise Anderson (1993).
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections .
Winnipeg, Manitoba
( March 1993)

Finding aid encoded by Allan Neyedly (March 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 7 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manittoba

Creator:
Paul G. Hiebert

Title:
Paul G. Hiebert fonds

Dates:
1947-1980

Quantity:
25 cm of textual records (3 boxes)

Identification:
MSS 7

Language
English.

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Biography of Paul G. Hiebert

Dr. Paul G. Hiebert was born on 17 July 1892 in Pilot Mound, Manitoba.

In 1914 he went to Saskatchewan where he served as a school teacher. He was also principal of high schools in Gimli and Ochre River before the urge to enter medicine became too strong to resist.

After receiving his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba in 1916, he went on to the University of Toronto where he completed his M.A. in Gothic and Teutonic Philology in 1917. In 1922, Dr. Hiebert received his M.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry at McGill University. It was here where he completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1924.

Upon completion of his studies, Dr. Hiebert accepted the position of Professor of Chemistry at his old "alma mater", the University of Manitoba. He was on staff from 1924 to 1953 when he retired to Carman, Manitoba to concentrate on his writings. It was while he was still on staff at the University of Manitoba that he wrote Sarah Binks (published in 1947).

Although he and his wife Dorothy were never parents, Dr. Hiebert seemed always able to communicate with the young through his teaching and his writings. A humorist and moralist, Dr. Hiebert says the "slightly cock-eyed perspective" of life that leads him to write amusing stories is a product of his more serious intellectual conflicts. He is better known for his works of humour, but it is his philosophical writings he considers his finer achievements.

His writings include Sarah Binks (1947), Tower in Siloam (1966), Willows Revisited (1967), Doubting Castle (1976) and For the Birds (1980).

Dr. Hiebert has been a frequent guest on radio and television, and has submitted countless articles on a variety of subjects that were published in newspapers and periodicals. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry and was president of the Canadian Authors Association (Winnipeg, Manitoba Branch for 1948-49).

Dr. Hiebert died in 1987.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection contains correspondence, assorted news clippings, a photo album, and typed drafts of his published manuscripts, Sarah Binks, Tower of Siloam, Willows Revisited, Doubting Castle and For the Birds. Included is an original typescript with revisions of Here Lies Sarah Binks, a stage production produced in Toronto by Don Harron in 1970. Two manuscripts of unpublished works are also included.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 7 series.

  • Correspondence - Family 1978-1984
  • Correspondence - Personal, 1969-1986
  • Correspondence - Official 1977-1985
  • Essays - Paul Hiebert Published Manuscripts 1947-1984
  • Scripts, 1970
  • Speeches & Addresses, 1974

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Restictions on Use

Open to all researchers.

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Custodial History

The Dr. Paul G. Hiebert collection came to the Archives at the University of Manitoba in sections: first in 1975; a second instalment in 1981; and the final accession in 1990. A formal dinner in honour of Dr. Hiebert was held in October, 1975 to officially welcome the collection to the University of Manitoba. The 1990 donation was made by his widow.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

CORRESPONDENCE, FAMILY 1978-1984,
BoxFolder
11 Hiebert, Linda (niece), 11 January, 1984
1 Melanie (niece), 30 June 1979
1 Robin/Joe (niece),

(2 items)

1 Pomeroy, Connie (niece), 17 Dec 1980
1 Scarlott, Marie (cousin), 17 Jul 1983, 5 Feb 1984,

(2 items)

1 Siemens, Harry (cousin), 25 Sep 1983, 30 Nov 1983,

(2 items)

1 Smith, Eileen (niece), Jan 1983
1 Van-Tongerbo, Morag (God daughter), 3 Feb 1978
1 Whitehead, Louise (cousin), 6 May, n.d.

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CORRESPONDENCE - PERSONAL, 1969-1986
BoxFolder
12 Anderson, Francis, 27 Dec 1983
3 Bond, n.d., 2 Dec 1982,

(2 items)

3 Braddell, David L., 10 Apr 1983
3 Brook, Norm, 16 Aug 1987
3 Burton, Myrtle, 12 Feb 1973, 19 Mar 1973

(2 items)

4 Cole, Bettie, 9 Nov 1982, 11 Feb 1984

(2 items)

4 Corneille, Mary, 2 Jun 1978
5 Dueck, Myrtle, 29 Aug 1984
6 Falvo, Joe, 10 Dec 1983
6 Fraser, Gordon/Neufeld, A., 18 May, 22 Aug 1984,

(2 items)

7 Gassend, Maggie (Cohoe), 24 Dec 1969, 9 Dec 1983

(2 items)

7 Graham, Angela, 19 Mar 1974 to 16 Dec 1979

(4 items)

7 Gunn, Arletta, 12 Apr 1981
8 Hamilton, Eva, 10 Dec 1983
8 Hoskin, James, 27 Jun, 3 Oct 1983

(2 items)

9 Janzsen, Helen, 3 Apr 1986
9 Jean, 9 Jan 1978
9 Jones, Flora, 30 May 1979
10 Kalbfleisch, Orville A., 10 Dec 1983, 20 Jan 1984,

(2 items)

10 Klassen, Doreen, 16 Dec 1984
11 Lawrence, Margeret, 20 Feb 1982 to 30 Jan 1985,

(3 items)

12 Lee, Roy, 19 Jun 1977
12 Leonard, Lynda, 17 Jul 1975
12 Loewen, Helen, 23 Aug 1975
13 M., Carol, Christmas 1983
13 Malcolm, Nettie, 12 Dec 1983
13 Mary, 24 Feb 1984
13 Mavis, 30 Mar 1979
13 McBratney, Charles, 22 Feb 1983
13 MacDonald, Helen, n.d.
13 Mennie, Betty, 18 Aug 1980
13 Miller, Irene, 11 Jan 1977
13 Million, Louise, 11 Jan 1977
14 Olson, Noreen, 5 Apr 1983 to 26 Nov 1986

(8 items)

15 Punisie, Lorna, 28 August 1980
15 Richies, Brenda, 7 Dec 1978, 25 Aug 1986,

(2 items)

15 Riley, Maybelle, 16 Apr, 11 Sept 1983

(2 items)

15 Russell, George, 23 Jun 1978
16 Sharpe, Mitchell, 16 Jun 1970
16 Smith, Eileen, 27 March 1985
16 Southern, Jennifer, 22 Nov 1977
17 Treuman, Freda, 27 Feb 1983
17 Tweed, Jean, 11 Apr 1975
17 Tweed, Terry, 7 Dec 1982
18 Walton, Dr. C., 29 Aug 1977
18 Warren, Mary, 1 Apr 1979
18 Whiteford, Jean, 3 Jun 1978
18 Woods, Randy, 12 Sept 1978

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CORRESPONDENCE - OFFICIAL 1977-1985
BoxFolder
119 Azzarello, Nancy - Oxford University Press, 12 Oct 1978
19 Donkin, Eric, 10 Mar 1979
19 Herauf, Jerome - Novalis, St. Paul University, 16 Apr 1982
19 MacDonald, Rusty, 16 Jan 1980
19 Mitchell, Ken - University of Regina, 13 Jan 1977
19 New, William - Canadian Literature, 6 Oct 1983
19 Parr, Joan - Queenston House Publishing, 27 May 1985
19 Rowe, Kaye - The Brandon Sun, 29 Oct 1979
20 Miscelleanous Correspondence, 3 Aug 1977 - 15 Mar 1981

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ESSAYS - PAUL HIEBERT
BoxFolder
121 The Activity Principle of Science and the Creative Activity of God, first copy, typed, 18 pp, n.d.
22 Age and Opportunity Group, typed, revisions, 15 pp, n.d.
23 Christ and the Women in the Bible, 3 copies, typed, revisions, 15 pp, n.d.
24 Christianity, 3 copies, typed, revisions, 63 pp/45 pp, n.d.
25 Christianity, The Coming Religion, typed, same as fd. 24, different title, 63 pp, n.d.
26 Forgive Us Our Trespasses - handwritten & typed photocopy, 7 pp, n.d.
27 "I am more and more convinced that...", handwritten, 18 pp, n.d.
28 The Image of God, typed, revisions, 38 pp, n.d.
29 "In Christ, there was a complete unity...", handwritten, 7 pp, n.d.
30 "Introduction" - "This is a book of odds and ends..." typed, revisions, 8 pp, n.d.
31 "I think that for the real acceptence...", typed, 16 pp, n.d.
32 Live and Learn, 2 copies, typed, revised, 6 pp, n.d.
33 Love and Justice, typed, 4 pp, n.d.
34 The Meaning of Doubt, typed, photocopies, 2 pp, n.d.
35 Not as the Scribes, 2 copies, typed, revisions, 9 pp

(2 items)

36 "One of the truly horrible...", handwritten, 5 pp., n.d.
37 On the Meaning of Health and Pain, handwritten, misc. notes, etc., n.d.
38 Persons and Personality, typed, 14 pp, n.d.
39 The Problem of Evil, typed, revised, 6 pp, n.d.
40 Prediction and Prophecy, handwritten, 9 pp, *NOTE: This is written on the back of another essay entitled Chapter II, n.d.
41 Science and Myth, 3 copies, typed, revised, 6 pp, n.d.
42 Speech, no title, typed, 9 pp, n.d.
43 The Twentieth Century, 2 copies, typed, revised, 12 pp, n.d.
44 "When I was a child...", handwritten (20 pp)/typed , (8 pp), revised, n.d.
45 "Why do human beings believe in God?...", handwritten 16 pp, n.d.
BoxFolder
21 "The Comic Spirit at Forty Below Zero", Mosaic, Manitoba Centennial Issue, pp 58-68 1970
2 Newspaper clippings:

a) "Reflection at Age 88, n.d.;

b) "Carman scholar, 92 completes new work", The Valleyheader, 14 November 1984;

c)"Life is full of Doodles", Western People, 10 February 1983

3 "Oh to be in England now that April is there...", poem, author unknown, 1 pp, n.d.
4 Miscellaneous, notes and quotes, n.d.

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PUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS 1947-1984
BoxFolder
25 Sarah Binks, ca.1947,

Published MSS

6 Tower in Siloam, ca.1966,

Published MSS, pp 2-193

7 Tower in Siloam, ca.1966,

Published MSS, pp 194-367

8 Willows Revisited, ca.1967,

Published MSS

BoxFolder
31 Doubting Castle, ca.1976,

Published MSS, 88 pp

2 For the Birds, ca.1980,

Original typed manuscript

3 For the Birds, ca.1980,

Revision of original manuscript

4 Not as the Scribes, second copy 4 (revisions), n.d.,

Published MSS, 119 pp

5 Not as the Scribes, paperback, 1982,

104 pp

6 Not as the Scribes, hardcover, 1984,

104 pp

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SCRIPTS, 1970
BoxFolder
37 Here Lies Sarah Binks, stage play by Don Harron original script, with revisions, 1970

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SPEECHES & ADDRESSES 1974
BoxFolder
38 "I believe that it is customary" - convocation Address given at the University of Manitoba, 24 May 1974,

12 pp

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