An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
(March 2002 & November 2003)
Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers
(October 2002 & November 2003)
Finding aid written in English.
- July 26, 2005 - MSS 145, PC 153, TC 99, A.03-63 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Table of Contents
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2
Edward Schreyer was born on December 21, 1935 in Beausejour, Manitoba to John and Elizabeth (Gottfried) Schreyer. He was educated at Cromwell Public School and Beausejour Collegiate, where he subsequently taught in 1956-1967. He went on to study at United College and St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba, obtaining a B.Ped in 1959, B.A. in 1960, B.Ed. in 1962 and M.A. in 1963. He taught International Relations at St. Paul’s College from 1962-1965.
In 1958 Schreyer was elected as C.C.F. candidate for the constituency of Brokenhead, a position that he held until 1965. That year he ran in the federal riding of Sprigfield and was elected as an N.D.P. Member of Parliament. He was re-elected to Represent the Selkirk riding in 1965. In 1960 Schreyer married Lily Schulz and by 1969 the couple had three children, wanting some stability in his life, he ran for the Provincial Leadership of the N.D.P. in June of that year. He not only won at the Party Convention but five weeks later found himself Manitoba youngest Premier and first under the N.D.P. banner. He was Premier of the Province for eight years representing the Rossmere Constituency. Beyond his responsibilities as party leader, he was Minister of Hydro from 1971-1977, as well as Minister of Dominion-Provincial Relations and Minister of Finance from 1972-1974. In 1975, he received a Governor-General Vanier Outstanding Young Canadian Award. His fourth child, a son Tobin was also born that year.
Schreyer became the first Manitoban to be appointed Governor General in 1979. Following five years in Rideau Hall, he was appointed High Commissioner to Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. At the same time, he was Ambassador to Vanuatu. The posting lasted until 1988.
Returning to Canada, Schreyer re-entered the academic community. He taught Energy and Resource Geography of the U.S.S.R. at the University of Winnipeg in 1989-1990. He taught Canadian Resources and Public Administration at Simon Fraser in 1991. Between 1992-1994, he was a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Victoria teaching Energy and Resource Economics at the Institute of Integrated Energy System. From 1995-2000, he taught Canadian Energy Resources in a Global Context at the University of British Columbia.
Schreyer has Honorary Degrees from the University of Manitoba, McGill, Simon Fraser & Universite d’Ottawa. He has been Chairman of the Canadian Shield Foundation, that funds research in the flora and fauna of the Shield since 1984. He became a Councilor for the Canada West Foundation in 1989. He was a Founding Member of the Winnipeg Library Foundation Inc. in 1996. The Sierra Defense League and Habitat for Humanity are but two of the many Organizations that he belongs to. In April of 2002, Schreyer was named Chancellor of Brandon Univerrsity. He said that he was pleased to be associated with a College where both Tommy Douglas and Stanley Knowles had studied.
The fonds consists of eight series, the first seven of which are compiled in chronological order. The first covers Schreyer’s time teaching at Beausejour Collegiate, pursuing his own academic career as well as lecturing at St. Paul’s College. It contains many term papers and course notes. The second are his files from two terms as an M.L.A. The third depicts his terms as an M.P. these files have been maintained in the filing order that Schreyer kept them using his system of record keeping. The largest series covers Schreyer’s tenure as Premier of Manitoba and is comprised of daily journals, election correspondence, Hydro Inquiries, meeting minutes & speeches. The fifth series documents the year that he was Leader of the Opposition. The other large series comprises Schreyer’s five-year term as Governor General of Canada. It consists of correspondence, reports, speeches, itinerary of his many visits and appointment books. The seventh series covers Schreyer’s time as High Commissioner to Australia and includes diaries, correspondence and speeches. The final series is personal material including scrapbooks and quest books from many personal and professional occasions.
This collection is organized into 10 series.
- Biographical Information 1966-1984
- Education & Teaching 1957-1984
- Member of Manitoba Legislature 1957-1977
- Member of Parliament 1963-1969
- Premier, 1959-1979
- Leader of the Opposition [ca. 1977]-1978
- Governor General 1978-1984
- Personal 1972-1985
- Photograph Collection (PC 153) [ca. 1950-1960]-1989
- Tape Collection (TC 99) 1979-1983
This fonds is open to researchers with the exception of some financial files and government material that was marked confidential. Some of the photographs may pose copyright issues and researchers will have to get permission from the photographer before they can be reproduced.
The material was donated by Ed Schreyer between 1989 & 2003. This Description includes A.89-46,A.92-52 & A.03-63. There are four accessions A.96-56, A.96-96, A.97-10 & A.98-11 that remain unprocessed.
This series consists of the following subseries:
Photos 1-2:Graduation with B. Paed., 1959
Photo 1A: Teaching in Beausejour, 1956
Photo 18: At Winnipeg Whips baseball game, [ca. 1970]
Photo 3: Charles Bronfman, Schreyer’s & John McHale, [ca.1970]
Photo 11: Election victory, 1973 4-5 Alberta Premiers’ Conference, 1976
Photo 18: Schreyer’s & son Jason with cross country ski champ Johannsen
Photo 19: Goodbye gift presented by Mayor Steen & Deputy Mayor, McGonigal, 1979
Photos 23-27: Governor General portraits, 1979 21-22 At Rideau Hall, 1979
Photo 4: Governor General inauguration, 1979
Photo 3: Governor General’s inauguration, 1979
Photo 5: Schreyer’s with Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, 1982
Photo 1: Karmel & Lisa, 1965
Photo 2-2A: Lisa, [ca.1978]
Photo 4: Jason, 1978
Photo 5-14: Tobin, [ca.1979-1984]
Photo 1: Schreyer with first cabinet, 1969
Photo 2: Schreyer & Tommy Douglas
Photo 3: Pierre Trudeau & Lily Schreyer
Photo 4: T.C. Douglas
Photo 5: Pierre Trudeau
Photo 6: Schreyers, Steve Juba & Prince Charles, 1975
Photos 7-10: Father-in-law Jake Shultz
Photos 11-11a: James Richardson
Photos 12-13: Brian Mulroney & family
Photo 14: Gary Filmon & family
Photo 15: Schreyer & Governor General Michener
Photo 16: Schreyer and James Richardson
Photo 17: Schreyer and Steve Juba
Photo 18: Schreyer & Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip
Photo 19: Prince Charles
Photo 1: Smoking a peace pipe
Photo 2: At kids hockey game
Photo 8: With music teachers
Photo 9: With bowlers
Photo 12: Art Gallery reception
Photo 19: Luncheon after opening self-serve Liquor Store, 1971
Photo 21: Curling
Photo 32: With Emily Kutcher N.D.P. secretary Dauphin, 1974
Photo 33: With Jackie Bruce student from N.W.T., 1975
Photo 34-35: At Camp Shilo
Photo 1: Nova Scotia, 1972
Photo 2: Nova Scotia, 1972
Photo 1: Honorary Fellow at St. John’s College, 1971
Photo 2: McGill University ? (1980)
Photos 3-7: Simon Fraser University,
Photos 1-2: Manitoba Parliament Buildings
Photo 3: Winnipeg City Hall
Photo 4: Lower Ft. Garry House
Photo 5: Rideau Hall
Photo 6: Camp Morton church
Photo 7: Grain elevator
Photo 8: Snow-covered bench
Photo 1: C.C.F. members in Saskatchewan [ca.1960]
Photo 2: West coast Indian totem pole
Photo 3: Boys & Girls Club Ottawa, 1984
Photo 4: Tobin’s birthday cake from NORAD
Photos 5-8: Don Geary’s fountain Thompson, MB. 1978
Photo 9: R.C.M.P. rider on horse back
Photos 10-18: Miscellaneous
The fonds is divided into eight series all created while Schreyer was Governor of Canada (1979-1984). They include: letters of congratulations (1979-1980) get well cards (1980), general correspondence (1979-1984), subject files (1979-1984), Letters of Credence (1979-1984), official messages (1979-1984), travel abroad, (1979-1984) and state visits (1979-1984).
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