MSS SC 64
Title: Gordon Lane Shanks fonds
Extent: 3 cm of textual records
Biographical Sketch: Gordon Lane Shanks was born
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on April 3, 1891. He graduated from the University
of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1912. He then began
work at the Dominion Bridge Company in Winnipeg, as a draftsman.
He tried enlisting with the Signal Corps of the Royal Canadian Engineers
in August 1914, but was refused due to weak eyesight. He then joined
service with the Canadian Discharge Depot, in Buxton, England. In
August 1917, Shanks enrolled in Class 20 of the Royal Engineers
Officer Cadet Battalion at Newark, England, and was posted to the
Third Reserve Battalion, Royal Engineers, that winter. He finally
did active service from May 20, 1918 until the end of the war, at
the General Headquarters Defenses in Normandy as a Second Lieutenant.
He then spent the remainder of 1918 inspecting the French canal
system and devising means to repair it. From 1921 to 1951, G. L.
Shanks worked with various petroleum companies in Mexico, Missouri,
Texas and Illinois. From 1951 to 1954, he lectured at the University
of Southern California. He worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers
flood control project in Los Angeles County from 1954 until he retired
Custodial History: The fonds was donated by Gordon
Lane Shanks in March 1971 to the Faculty of Engineering, and was
held in the University of Manitoba's rare book room until 1978 when
the University of Manitoba Archives was established.
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of two folders.
Folder 1 contains the first half of the unpublished manuscript of
The Autobiography of Gordon Lane Shanks. Folder 2 contains
the second half of the autobiography, six manuscript poems written
by G. L. Shanks, and the manuscript of his photo-play "The Hope
of the World". A manuscript (45 leaves) of Old Winnipeg as I
Knew It, by G. L. Shanks, is stored as FC 3396.4 S5.
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Finding Aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.