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MSS 48, PC 58

Title: Pitblado Family fonds

Dates: 1836-1977

Extent: 2.9 m of textual records. -- 666 photographs

Biographical Sketch: The Manitoba Pitblado family formed one branch of an extensive North American family of Scottish origin. The immediate forebears came from Fife and settled in Nova Scotia. One of these, Charles Bruce Pitblado (1836-1913), became a Presbyterian minister and, following a tour of the Canadian West, accepted a call in 1881 to the newly-organized St. Andrew's Church in Winnipeg. In 1885 he served as a chaplain with the Canadian forces fighting against Riel. Pitblado accompanied the captured Riel to Regina. In 1893 he became the first pastor of Westminster Church. Isaac Pitblado (1867-1964), the son of Charles Bruce Pitblado, had a long and distinguished legal career. An early graduate of the University of Manitoba, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1917 to 1924 and in 1935 served as president of the Canadian Bar Association. He enjoyed lacrosse, curling, and duck-hunting. Edward Bruce Pitblado (1896-1977), Isaac's only son, followed his father as a lawyer and sportsman. He served in both World Wars, was a Rhodes Scholar, played for the 1924 British Olympic hockey team, and served as Secretary of Ducks Unlimited from 1938 to 1974.

Custodial History: The fonds was donated in three instalments by Mrs. Esther Pitblado in 1982 and 1983.

Scope and Content: The collection contains personal papers from the three generations of the Manitoba Pitblado family including correspondence, writings, and scrapbooks. The most significant batch of correspondence consists of Edward's letters home from Europe during World War I. There are letters from other family members because of Isaac and Edward's interest in reconstructing the Pitblado genealogy. Materials of particular interest in the Charles Bruce segment relate to the Canadian Northwest in the 1880s, including the 1885 Riel Rebellion, and to the Presbyterian Church, notably St. Andrew's and Westminster, Winnipeg. The Isaac segment contains a number of drafts or notes for addresses, many to legal audiences. Both the Isaac and the Edward segments preserve source material for the history of Canadian sport.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to this fonds.

Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

Finding Aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an electronic finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 48, PC 58


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