Call Number: Mss Sc 145, Pc 127 (A.94-04)
Title: Ewart Family fonds.
Extent: 0.41 m of textual records. -- 11 photographs.
Biographical sketch: John Skirving Ewart was born
in Toronto on August 11, 1849 and was educated at Upper Canada College
and at Orgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar
in 1871 and to the Manitoba Bar in 1884. He practiced law in Toronto
from 1871 to 1882, and in Winnipeg from 1882 to 1904. In 1904 he
went into partnership in Ottawa (Ewart, Scott, Kelley & Kelley),
centering practice as counsel to the Supreme Court and Privy Council.
He was a constitutional expert and advocate of Canadian independence.
He retired from practice in 1914 in order to write on constitutional
law and politics. He died on February 21, 1933. John Skirving's
son Thomas Seaton Ewart was a graduate of St. John's College in
Winnipeg. He was afterwards a civil servant in the Government of
Manitoba under John Bracken who was Premier from 1922 to 1943.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Legislative
Library in 1994. The Legislative Library also donated the Ewart
Library at this time, which is catalogued separately within the
Elizabeth Dafoe Library.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of John
Skirving Ewart's notes and draft of his unfinished manuscript, Political
History of Canada. The fonds also contains material collected
by Thomas Seaton Ewart while he was a student at St. John's College
and while he was a civil servant in the Manitoba provincial government
of John Bracken. This material includes the "First and Second Interim
Reports of the Royal Commission Constituted to Inquire Into All
Matters Pertaining to the Manitoba Agricultural College" submitted
by Judge A. O. Galt in May 1917, and extracts from the "Report of
the Royal Commission Constituted to Inquire Into an Report on All
Expenditures for Road Work During the Year 1914" submitted by Judge
G. Paterson. It also contains reviews on his book on waivers: Waiver
Distributed (1917); correspondence with Prof. S. Williston,
Harvard Law School (1917); newspaper clippings, transcripts of speeches
by Premier Bracken, provincial government papers and correspondence
of John Bracken. The photograph collections features photographs
of John Skirving Ewart and a photograph relating to John Bracken's
re-election bid in 1936.
Source of supplied title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: Printed finding aid is available
in Archives reading room.