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Call Number: Mss 259, PC 220, TC 130 (A.06-41)

Title: Clay Gilson fonds.

Dates: 1951-2000.

Extent: 6.5 m of textual records and other material including 4 photographs, 338 slides & 4 audio cassettes.

Biographical sketch::Gilson was born in Deloraine, Manitoba on February 7 1926. He served in the Canadian Military for two years during World War II. He entered the University of Manitoba in 1946 graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1950 and an MSc. in 1952. He received his PHD from Iowa State in 1954. That fall he joined theDepartment of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. He was named Department Head in 1967 and the following year a three year term as the Dean of Graduate Studies. From 1971-1978 he was the Vice-President of Research.
In 1981 Gilson won a Distinguished Professor Award. In 1982 he
was the Federal Representative on the Western Grain Transportation Task Force. He was also the Chairman of the Board of the Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation. In 1993 he was named a member of the Order of Canada. That same year upon his retirement he was made a Professor Emeritius at the University of Manitoba. In 1996 he was elected to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. In his nomination he was credited with presenting 383 papers at seminars, meetings & conferences & 75 major journal publications. Beyond his academic life, Gilson was the Federal Representative on the Western Grain Transportation Task Force in 1982 and served as chairman of the board of Manitoba Crop Insurance. Gilson died on June 11, 2000.

Scope and content: The fonds has been arranged into 8 series. They include: biographical information, manuscripts, articles, speeches, & papers presented, Western Grain Transportation Task Force, academic material, research material, photographs & tape collection.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to this fonds.

Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives & Special Collections reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 259 PC 220 TC 130 (A.06-41)