Fonds MG 41 - G.E. Britnell fonds

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G.E. Britnell fonds

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MG 41

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  • 1923-1962 (inclusive) ; 1934-1962 (predominant) (Creation)

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13.1 m of textual records

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Biographical history

George Edwin Britnell was born at Wimbledon, England on June 9, 1903. His family came to Canada in 1910 and subsequently took up a homestead near Macrorie, Saskatchewan in 1913. Britnell split his early education between Outlook and Prince Albert before attending the University of Saskatchewan where he won the Governor General's Gold Medal in 1924 and graduated with a BA in 1929. He went on to the University of Toronto where he earned both an MA (1934) and PhD (1938). With the exception of two brief stints at the University of Toronto, Dr. Britnell's teaching career was centred around the University of Saskatchewan. He received his first appointment in 1930 as a Lecturer in Economics. He rose to the rank of Assistant Professor of Economics in 1938, Professor and Head of Political Science in 1938 and Professor and Head of the joint department of Economics and Political Science in 1945. Dr. Britnell was known as both a fine teacher and a productive scholar. Among his areas of interest and expertise were transportation problems, dominion-provincial relations, the problems of developing countries and energy resources. Britnell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1950. He died on October 14, 1961 after a lengthy illness.

Custodial history

The bulk of this fonds was transferred from Dr. Britnell's office at the Political Science Department; accession 973-12 (Addendum I) was donated by Mrs. Britnell; the lecture notes in accession 976-2 (Addendum II) had been lent by Dr. Britnell to Dr. Norman Ward of Political Science, and Dr. Ward donated them to the Archives in 1976.

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This fonds contains extensive material relating to Britnell's work on various Royal Commissions, associations, national and international conferences, including reports, minutes, submissions, and notes. In addition, it contains his personal correspondence, notes from lectures (by Frank Underhill and Harold Laski), articles, and press clippings.

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This fonds has been arranged into 20 series:
I. Correspondence
II. Associations and Societies
III. Saskatchewan Brief to Rowell-Sirois Commission, 1936-1940
IV. Royal Commissions on the Cost of Living in the Coal Mining Industry, 1940-1942
V. Wartime Prices and Trade Board, 1941-1945
VI. United Nations Conference on Food and Agriculture, 1943
VII. Economic Advisory Committee of the Government of Saskatchewan, 1945-1946
VIII. Dominion-Provincial Conference on Reconstruction, 1945-1946
IX. Saskatchewan Economic and Technical Committees on Transportation and Freight Rates, 1946-1961
X. Committee on Provincial-Municipal Relations in Saskatchewan, 1948-1951
XI. Advisory Mission to Guatemala, 1950-1951; Seminar on Social Integration in Guatemala, 1956
XII. British Commonwealth Fiscal Review Commission in Rhodesia and Nyasaland, 1957
XIII. Royal Commission on Energy, 1958-1959
XIV. Publications
XV. Lecture Notes
XVI. Rural Municipality of Fertile Valley
XVII. Press Clippings
XVIII. Miscellaneous
XIX. Addendum I (accession 973-12)
XX. Addendum II (accession 976-2)

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