Call Number: Mss 156, Pc 181, Tc 114 (A.99-55,
A.02-12, A.04-35, A.05-44)
Title: Marie Barton fonds.
Dates: 1897–2002; predominant 1970s and
Extent: 3.9 m of textual records and other material.
Biographical sketch: Marie Barton (née
Rossander) was born in Hundtofte, Denmark on April 21, 1905, the
daughter of Karl Peder and Karen Marie Rossander. In 1911, the family
immigrated to Canada where they raised eight children on a homestead
near Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. At the age of eighteen, Marie started
her teaching career and met Leonard Barton at a school dance. They
were married in 1928 at the school's Christmas concert. Overcoming
the barriers that existed for married women, she taught for four
years so that she could help buy a farm in Davidson, Saskatchewan.
The prairie drought of the 1930s drove them from their Davidson
farm to a farm at Togo, Saskatchewan and then to Camperville, Manitoba.
In the late 1930s Leonard was diagnosed with cancer and passed away
in 1943, leaving Marie to return to teaching to support their four
children, Arthur, Joy and twins Lois and Ray. She continued to upgrade
her teaching skills through correspondence and summer schools, and
in 1955 graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. and
a B.Ed. Marie taught for twenty-three years in Manitoba, first in
country schools in the Dauphin area and then in Winnipeg where she
managed a pilot program for visually impaired junior high school
students until her retirement in 1970. After her retirement Marie
devoted much of her time to writing and published many articles
in newspapers and magazines. She also organized a senior citizen's
writing group and endorsed the on-going Marie Barton Award for Excellence
in Short Fiction presented by the Canadian Author's Association
(Manitoba Branch). In 1996, she completed an autobiography, In
Search of Baked Pigeons, which chronicled her varied life experiences
from driving oxen at age six to learning to use a computer at age
eighty. Marie Barton passed away on October 13, 1999 at the age
Scope and content: The fonds consists of correspondence,
newspaper clippings, personal journals, education material, teaching
material including visually impaired material, drafts of articles
and manuscripts, published articles, photographs, ephemera, unpublished
fiction and non-fiction including plays, book reviews, poetry, material
regarding the senior citizen's writing group, Terry King, Foster
Parent's Plan, the Assiniboine Slopes Ecological Reserve, and patient
rights. Included are several copies of her published books and anthologies
in which she was published. The fonds also consists of biographical
information about Barton’s family members, correspondence
from the family between 1951 and 1997, handwritten notes and excerpts
from manuscripts, and reviews and correspondence regarding her book
"A Slice of Life."
Custodial history: The majority of the fonds (A.99-55,
A.04-35, A.05-44) was donated by Marie Barton's children to University
of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 1999, 2004 and 2005.
Betty L. Dyck donated accession A.02-12 to University of Manitoba
Archives & Special Collections on behalf of Marie Barton in
Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.\
Finding aid: Printed finding aid available in
Archives reading room and online finding aid available at link below:
156, PC 181, TC 114 (A.99-55, A.02-12, A.04-35).