Fonds F27 - Art Zimmerman fonds

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Art Zimmerman fonds

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  • 1901-1994 (Creation)

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8 cm of textual records
21 photographs

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Biographical history

Arthur Martin Zimmerman was born on September 11, 1886 in Ontario. He lived in the Acton district in Ontario for several years before joining a harvesters' excursion and moving west. Zimmerman worked for deep-well digging outfits for several years then purchased a quarter section of farm land near Disley, Saskatchewan in 1911. Crop failures forced him to give up his farm, and in 1916 he accepted a position as an engineer with T. A. Burrows Lumber Company at Grandview, Manitoba. The following year he returned to Saskatchewan to operate the steam engines at the Lumsden flour mills.

After the First World War, Zimmerman moved to Foxwarren, Manitoba and then to Neepawa, where he worked as a shop mechanic in Pedlar's Garage. In 1930 he set up his own business, Art's Garage. The property was later purchased by the North Star Oil Company. Zimmerman accepted a position at the Neepawa Airport in Neepawa, Manitoba, working on airplane engines until the airport's closure in 1950.

Zimmerman died on December 22, 1979.

Zimmerman married Margaret Jane Sayers in 1908. They had four children; Charlie, Arthur, Margaret, and Nell.

Custodial history

Art Zimmerman donated certain records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in four accessions in 1975: 648 (R) (September 17, 1975); 662 (R) (October 1, 1975); 1412 (Photo R) August 11, 1975); and 1418 (Photo R) (September 1, 1975). Margaret Zimmerman, daughter of Art Zimmerman, donated certain records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1994: R94-381 (September 30, 1994).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by former Saskatchewan resident Art Zimmerman. The records which date from 1901 to 1994, relate mainly to Zimmerman's interests in farming, aircraft technology, steam machinery, gas engines, radio technology, water witching and electricity.

The types of records included are clippings, reminiscences, correspondence, publications, posters, an atlas, and photographs.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 61 (old guide GR 551) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs. The paper guide consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records only.

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Related material: Sound recordings of Art Zimmerman being interviewed by John H. Archer in August, 1975 are located in the Regina office (R-5961 to R-5963). Letters written to the Saskatchewan Archives Board by Art Zimmerman in 1962 containing information on steam tractors and threshing machines are located in the Regina office (Clippings File - Tractors).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 551 (R-696.2); Photographs: R-A14165 to R-A14168, R-A14270 to R-A14283, R-B7810 to R-B7811

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