Fonds - A.S. Morton Manuscript Collection

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A.S. Morton Manuscript Collection

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  • [187-]-1950 (Creation)

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11 m of textual records, photographs, and maps

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Arthur Silver Morton was born on 16 May 1870 at the village of Iere, Trinidad, British West Indies, the son of Nova Scotian missionaries. With a scholarship from the Government of the Island, he entered the University of Edinburgh, eventually receiving both an MA and a BDiv. In 1896, after a summer of study at the University of Berlin, Morton arrived in Canada and was ordained by the Presbytery of St. John, New Brunswick. He served as a minister until 1904 when he started his career as a lecturer in church history, first at the Presbyterian College in Halifax, and later Knox College in Toronto. Morton came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1914 and served both as head of the History Department and University Librarian until his retirement in 1940. Upon arriving in Saskatoon, Morton embarked on the study of Western Canadian History and the preservation of the region's historical documents and historic sites. Over the next four decades he published several books; among his best known works are A History of the Canadian West to 1870-71, History of Prairie Settlement, Under Western Skies, and The Life Sir George Simpson. Morton received many honours during his career including a Doctor of Divinity from Pine Hill College (1922); an LLD from the University of Saskatchewan (1941), election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1932), and appointments as Keeper of Provincial Records (1937) and Provincial Archivist (1943). Upon his retirement he was named Professor Emeritus. Morton died 26 January 1945.

Custodial history

In 1977, some of the material in this fonds was transferred to the University of Saskatchewan Archives, the Saskatchewan Archives, the Provincial Archives of Manitoba and to the Shortt Manuscript Collection of University of Saskatchewan Libraries Special Collections, as was deemed appropriate.

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This fonds contains original manuscripts, copies, and photographs, created and collected by A.S. Morton as University Librarian. The records focus on the history of western Canada, especially Saskatchewan. It includes material on the fur trade and exploration, white settlement and interaction with native people, and the Riel Rebellions. Originals of the copied material date from 1623.

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Related material: See also A.S. Morton fonds (MG 2 - University of Saskatchewan Archives). Morton manuscript material is also found in the Adam Shortt Library collection.

Associated material: For associated material in other repositories see A.S. Morton fonds (Saskatchewan Archives); and the Provincial Archives of Manitoba.

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