Title: William John Rose fonds.
Dates: 1952, 1964.
Extent: 0.28 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: William John Rose was Professor of Polish Literature and History at the University of London. He was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba in 1885. He entered Wesley College in 1901 and graduated with a B.A. in 1905. Upon graduation he spent three years at Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Manitoba Rhodes Scholar before returning to Wesley College as lecturer in Classics. After the outbreak of World War I, he and his wife spent four years as prisoners of war in Austrian Silesia, but he was able to continue studying sources in Polish literature from the University of Kracow. He returned to North America in 1927 and, from 1927 to 1936, served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. He returned to London in 1939 where he became the director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London. Rose retired to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1950. His numerous writings are related to his long interest in Poland.
Custodial history: The fonds was transferred to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Professor David Arnason in 1978.
Scope and content: The fonds contains an unpublished manuscript titled Helen of Wheatville: A Tale of Winnipeg by Wes Turner, Rose's pseudonym, and biographical material on George John Blewett, a Canadian philosopher.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
Finding aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.