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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 in 1981.

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 expected.

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:

MSS 52, PC 74.