Call Number: Mss 52, Pc 74
Title: John Donald Birse fonds.
Dates: 1887-1969, predominant 1928-1969.
Extent: 0.8 m of textual records. -- 143 photographs.
-- 26 maps.
Biographical sketch: Donald Birse was born in
Minnesota and moved to Canada early in life. He graduated from the
University of Manitoba with a degree in geology. His work as a student
assistant in the Canadian Geological Survey from 1924-1926 prepared
him for an outdoor career, primarily in northern Manitoba. Birse
worked for several geological companies over the course of his career.
He also worked as a geological consultant. He conducted geological
explorations for new mineral sites, and evaluated the economic viability
of numerous mining and land claims.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Mrs. Berythe Birse
Scope and content: The collection contains the
files, reports, correspondence, maps, and pamphlets that Birse created
and collected throughout his life. Of special interest are his diaries
and work journals, mineral claims, company reports, and approximately
150 photographs of various geological expeditions in northern Manitoba
from 1924 to 1937.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access
to this material.
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below:
52, PC 74.