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MSS SC 16

Title: Arthur A. Stoughton fonds

Dates: 1930-1961

Extent: 2.5 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch: Originally from the Eastern United States, Arthur Alexander Stoughton (1866?-1955) became a famous architect. After completing his graduate degrees in Europe he returned to New York City and co-founded the architectural firm Stoughton and Stoughton with his brother Charles in 1894. He married Florence Elsie Stoughton (1879-1961) after a long courtship in 1911. Arthur Stoughton became the first professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1913 and served as the head of the department until 1929. Mr. and Mrs. Stoughton met and became close friends with Mr. and Mrs. Black and their children while in Winnipeg in 1918. The Stoughton's were without children of their own and treated Elinor, the youngest, as if she was their child. They called her "Sweet Childe" or simply "Childe" and implored her to call them Donna and Pater. By 1931 the Stoughton's had moved to Mt. Vernon, New York where Arthur had joined Stoughton and Stoughton once again. In 1950 Arthur received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. He was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and designed the Soldier's and Sailors Monument in New York City.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of letters from Arthur and his wife Florence Elise Stoughton to Dr. Elinor F.E. (Frances Elizabeth) Black. The letters pertain to everyday occurrences as well as significant events, such as Elinor's travels, the births and deaths of friends and in particular Arthur's death. Elinor's unpublished memoir: The professor and his wife: (The Stoughton Story: a memoir) is also included.

Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance of fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Finding Aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.