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Mss 229, (A.03-28)

Title: Eira "Babs" Friesen fonds

Dates: 1937-1979 (predominant 1937-194)

Extent: 3.8 cm of textual records; 1 album (ca. 210 photographs)

Biographical Sketch: Eira Charles, now known as "Babs" Friesen, was the daughter of Major John Leslie Charles and Helena Violet (nee Hamilton). Her brother John Hamilton Charles was killed in action with the RCAF in 1942.

"Babs" Friesen attended the University of Manitoba from approximately 1937 to 1938. In 1938 she was elected Lady Stick for the University of Manitoba Science Students Association. In 1938 she was awarded a Bachelor of Science. Following her graduation, "Babs" Friesen continued to be involved with the university through various alumni organizations and events.

Custodial History: The Eira Charles fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections as part of the donation of Major John Leslie Charles' papers in 2004.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of both published and unpublished textual material. A scrapbook containing documents relating the "Babs" Friesen interactions with the University of Manitoba from 1937 to 1958. Types of documents in the scrapbook include clippings from university and local newspapers, invitations and programs from university events, and class photographs. The fonds also contains University of Manitoba Telephone directories for 1937-1938 and 1938-1939. The fonds also contain a program from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Science 1904-1979 celebration.

A photo album created in approximately 1929 is also part of the fonds. The album contains photographs taken at locations throughout the United Kingdom and Manitoba probably created by "Babs" Friesen.

Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance of the records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: The Eira "Babs" Friesen fonds were given to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections as part of the donation of Major John Leslie Charles in 2004.

Arrangements: Records are in the form of bound pages and have no specific arrangement. Documents within the bound albums are arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on Access: None

Accruals: No further accruals are currently planned.

Linking Element: For more information refer to the John Leslie Charles fonds.