Fonds MG 1 - W.C. Murray fonds

Community Progress Competition Exhibit: Rural Municipality of Laird No. 404 . Community Progress Competition Exhibit: Rural Municipality of Bayne No. 371. Community Progress Competition Exhibit: Rural Municipality of Humboldt No. 370. Community Progress Competition Exhibit: Rural Municipality of St. Peter No. 369. W.C. Murray in group photograph Five Girls on a train platform. Group on a train platform. Passagers on a train platform. Individual in a field. W.C. Murray in group photograph House exterior Two people at Loon Lake Pioneer Home Prairie Homestead Outdoor clay oven
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W.C. Murray fonds

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MG 1

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  • 1900-1937, predominant 1929-1933 (Creation)

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3.51 m of textual records and photographs plus oversize

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Walter Charles Murray was born 12 May 1866 in Studholm parish, King's county, New Brunswick. He started his academic career at the University of New Brunswick, receiving a BA in 1886. After earning a grammar school license at the provincial Normal School, Murray went to University of Edinburgh as the Canadian Gilchrist scholar, and received a MA in philosophy in 1891. After a brief period of study in Berlin, Murray returned to UNB as Professor of Philosophy and Economics. From 1892 to 1908, he was Munro Professor of Philosophy and lecturer in Education at Dalhousie University. During this time Murray married Christine Cameron, whom he had known since grade school; they subsequently had three daughters. In 1908 he was appointed the University of Saskatchewan's first President, a position he held until his retirement in 1937. In conjunction with his duties at the University of Saskatchewan, Murray served on a number of commissions, boards and councils. Upon his retirement he was named President Emeritus and remained active in the local community until his death in March 1945.

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This collection contains correspondence, notes, reports, photos, maps, evidence and lists pertaining to Dr. Murray's activities on three royal commissions and as a judge of the Community Progress Competitions.

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This fonds is arranged into four series:

  1. Royal Commission on Impairment of University Funds
  2. Community Progress Competitions
  3. Royal Commission on Technical & Professional Services
  4. Royal Commission on Railways & Transportation

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Related material: See also President's Office fonds, Presidential records of Walter C. Murray (RG 1 s.1); J.E. Murray fonds, Records relating to W.C. Murray (MG 61); R.A. Murray fonds (MG 153); Faculty Biographies; and Faculty Publications.

Associated material: See also The Prairie Builder: Walter Murray of Saskatchewan (Main Library and Special Collections, LE3 S72 M892 1984).


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