Suzanne Muir:

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

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
(April 2005)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (April 2005)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Dafoe Library Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Creator:
Susanne Muir

Title:
Susanne Muir fonds

Dates:
1920-1990

Quantity:
25 cm. of textual records and 11 photographs

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Biography of Susanne Muir

Suzanne Muir was born in Glascow, Scotland on June 26, 1891. She was the eldest daughter and the second of five children of Matthew McLeod Muir and Sarah Muir (nee Frayer). Susanne and her widowed mother emigrated to Canada in 1921 or 1922. A sister Emma Kathryn emigrated at a later date. Sarah Muir died in Winnipeg in January 1930. She and her sister sold the family home on Lindsay St. in 1932 and moved into Fairmont Apartments at 52 Edmonton. The sister both worked as legal secretaries. She and Kathryn had become active in the Spiritualist Church following the death of their mother. In 1937 they met the Reverend William Robertson Wood a United Church minister. For ten years Rev. Wood and his wife sat weekly at the Muir sisters apartment in a rescue circle. The purpose of a rescue circle was to release earth bound spirits to leave the mortal realm. Suzanne was a bi-monthly lecturer at the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church/ Winnipeg Psychic Society from 1962-1990. In 1997 Ms. Muir died at the age of 105.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is divided into three series. A single article about Muir, her sister and Reverand Wood comprises the biographical series. The second series contains lectures that Muir gave at the Spiritualist Church that congregated at the International Odd Fellows Hall. The third series is comprised of newspaper clippings and published articles that Muir used for research purposes.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access

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Restrictions on Use

No restriction on use

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Susanne's nephew Matthew Muir of Glascow Scotland in 1997. The material had been stored at the farm of his sister-in-law Kathleen Forrester in Emerson, Manitoba. The initial donation consisted of 240 books that have been destributed throughout the library. Any duplicates were given to the Survival Research Institute.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION [ ca. 1981 ]

BoxFolder
11 Helen Burgess lecture on Muir & the Reverand William Wood ca. 1981

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MUIR LECTURES 1962-1989
BoxFolder
12 Lectures on Thanksgiving & Remembrance Day 1962-1987
3 Easter lectures 1965-1986
4 Lectures 1966-1969
5 Lectures 1970-1974
6 Lectures 1975-1979
7 Lectures 1980-1989

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RESEARCH MATERIAL 1931-1981
BoxFolder
18 Research material used in lectures 1953-1980
9 "Psychic Research The Winnipeg Group, Western Home Monthly 1931
10 W.R. Wood correspondence Re: Review of T.G. Hamilton's Intention & Survival 1943
11 "Out of Old Books" Helen Sawyer Hogg ca.1952
12 House of Commons Debate on the Practising of Witchcraft 1954
13 Urantian Research 1972-1975
14 Essex Healers' Association 1981

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MUIR LECTURES 1967-1984
BoxFolder
21 Lectures on healing 1967-1968
2 Auric colours ca. 1970
3 Lecture on the after life 1971-1976
4 Lectures on mediumship 1971
5 Poetry invocations 1971-1984

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RESEARCH MATERIAL 1920-1990
BoxFolder
26 " The Story of William E. Hart" in Communication 1920
7 Articles on Demon Powers from Hibbert Journal ca.1930
8 Spiritual healing information ca.1950
9 Muir's research material for lectures 1970-1980
10 Two articles by Rev. Wood in the New Outlook 1933
11 Lectures by the Reverand W.R. Wood [1930s]
12 Pamphlet: "The Mary M. Teleplasm" T.G. Hamilton 1929
13 "Research Shows many Functions for Teleplasm" T.G. Hamilton in Winnipeg Free Press 1933
14 Pamphlet: "Phrenology" ca.1930
15 The International Psychic Gazette 1931-1932
16 The Two Worlds 1932-1959
17 Light: A Journal of Spiritualism, Psychical, Occult and Mystical Research 1934-1943
18 The Greater World 1938
19 New York Spiritual Leader 1941-1942
20 The Psychic Observer 1943-1952
21 The Psychic Observer 1964
22 Newspaper & magazine articles of interest 1937-1972
23 Program: 46th Annual Session Lady Brady Spiritualist Camp Association Brady Lake, Ohio 1937
24 Institute of Noetic Sciences Research Bulletin ca. 1979
25 The Alliance Review 1986
26 Allan Kardec newsletter 1987
27 Breden Lodge Spiritualism first home for elderly workers Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 1990

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PHOTOGRAPHS PC 184 [1930s]
BoxFolder
11 Nos.1-9 Images copied from T.G. Hamilton's book Intention & Survival & other Hamilton seances, No.10 Elm Park seance spirit fingerprints, No.11 a photo of spirit fingerprints [1930s]

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