Call Number: Mss 21, Pc 21 (A.79-14, A.05-82)
Title: Nan Shipley fonds.
Extent: 2.66 m of textual records and 533 photographs.
Biographical sketch: Nancy Evelyn Shipley (nee
Somerville) was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 6, 1902. In
1920’s she moved to Winnipeg and married George Shipley. Nan
Shipley published fourteen books and numerous short stories and
articles. Her first book Anna and the Indians (1955) had
been reprinted many times. Among her better known publications are
Frances and the Crees (1957); The Railway Builders
(1965); The James Evan Story (1966); and Churchill:
Canada’s Northern Gateway (1974). As a big supporter
of Aboriginal and Metis culture, she organized Manitoba’s
first Indian handicrafts sales centre (1959) and focused her writing
on Indian and Metis women. In 1965 Shipley was elected Woman of
the Year by the Women’s Advertising and Sales Club of Winnipeg.
She also hosted weekly television program (1974-75) at CKND Winnipeg.
Nan Shipley passed away on January 23, 1990.
In 1970 she donated most of her papers and manuscripts to the University
of Southern Mississippi. There are also her published and unpublished
manuscript collections at the Provincial Archives, Manitoba and
two accessions (A.79-14; A.05-82) at the University of Manitoba
Archives & Special Collections.
Custodial history: The accession (A.79-14) was
donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
by Mrs. Nan Shipley in 1979. The second accession (A.05-82) was
donated by Glynn Leyshon in 2005.
Scope and content: The accession (A.79-14) includes
lecture notes, manuscripts and published articles, radio and television
scripts, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles,
and scrapbooks. In addition there are three boxes of Indian legends
recorded in the scrapbooks of Alex Grisdale of the Scanterbury Indian
Reservation and transcribed by Mrs. Shipley. The map collection
is noteworthy for its maps of the old Indian trails which crossed
the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The
photograph collection provides a pictorial record of hydro and railroad
developments in northern Manitoba and of the growth and demise of
northern towns and settlements. Among the portraits are native peoples
and early missionaries and settlers.
The accession (A.05-82) consists of Nan Shipley’s unpublished
autobiography Most of it was fun; unpublished manuscript
Women of Fort Albany; and numerous short stories and articles.
Restrictions: No restrictions on access.
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