Archives and Libraries
While the R.M. of St. Clements does not have a formal archive, there are local resources available for researchers:
- City of Selkirk Archives
- Gaynor Family Library
- This brand new library, constructed to Leeds silver standards, has a Heritage Room dedicated to historic research. Be sure to check the catalogues, data bases, vertical files, scrapbooks, newspapers and books.
Gaynor Family Regional Library, 806 Manitoba Ave
Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A 1S7
Phone: (204) 482-3522
- Selkirk Mental Health Centre Archives
- Is a record of the development of Mental Health Services and Psychiatric nursing in Manitoba. they have letter, publications, photos artefacts, oral histories and more.
Selkirk Mental Health Centre Archives
Old Administration Building, 825 Manitoba Ave
Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A 0Z3
- Archives of Manitoba and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
- The Archives of Manitoba is the official government archive of the province of Manitoba and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archive has the records of this fur trading company that was so pivitol to the development of Manitoba.
Archives of Manitoba and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
200 Vaughan Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 1T5
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069
- Manitoba Legislative Library
- Manitoba’s Legislative Library was established in 1870, the year that the province entered Confederation. Collections include material on history, public administration, economics, biography and the political and social sciences. Other collection highlights include Manitoba government publications from the earliest days of the province, a rare book collection housed in a climate-controlled vault, and Manitoba newspapers dating from 1859. Since 1919, the library has received copies of all books and serials published in the Province.
Manitoba Legislative Library
Main Floor, 200 Vaughan Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 1T5
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069
- Historic Resources Branch
- Municipalities, Municipal Heritage Advisory Committees (MHACs) or other community heritage organizations doing history research can contact the for advice on research methods and sources. The branch has pamphlets, brochures and reports on individuals, events, buildings and other sites on Manitoba’s history. It also has some unpublished and out-of-print Historic Resources Branch research reports, which can be viewed by appointment at the branch office.
Historic Resources Branch
Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069
Books and Publications
There are many books available on Manitoba history. These are just a few of them. Most of these sources are available at your local public or school library, university libraries and the Legislative Library of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
- The Canadian Prairies: A History by Gerald Friesen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984 reprinted in 2004. Print.
- Significant information on and analysis of Manitoba’s history
- The Centennial History of Manitoba by James A. Jackson. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd. and the Manitoba Historical Society, 1970. Print.
- An academic standard on Manitoba’s history, though it is several decades old. Soon to be available on the Manitoba Historical Society website.
- The Dictionary of Canadian Biography edited by Réal Bélanger and John English. 12 vols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2005. Print.
- Biographies of notable people in Canada from the years 1000 to 1930. These and more are available online at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography website.
- Encyclopedia of Manitoba edited by Ingeborg Boyens. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Great Plains Publications, 2007. 850 pages. English. Print.
- All aspects of Manitoba’s history, arts, politics, geography, business and sports are explored in almost 2000 entries, each written and researched by expert Manitobans.
- A History of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia by Norma Hall with Clifford P. Hall and Erin Verrier. Manitoba: Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Manitoba, 2010. Print.
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- Original research about the little-known Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia government headed by Louis Riel, which functioned from March 9 to June 24, 1870.
- Manitoba: A History by William L. Morton. Toronto:University of Toronto Press, 1957, second-edition printed 1967. 547 pages. English. Print.
- An academic standard on Manitoba’s history, though it is several decades old.
- Manitoba 125: A History (in three volumes) by Greg Shilliday, editor. Vol. 1 Rupert’s Land to Riel, vol 2 Gateway to the West, vol 3 Decades of Diversity. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Great Plains Publications Ltd., 1993, 1994, 1995. Print
- Written in accessible, non-academic style.
- Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba: A Dictionary of Manitoba Biography from the Earliest Times to 1920 compiled by the Manitoba Library Association. Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1971. English. Print.
- Biographies of people in Manitoba from all walks of life up to 1920. This book is available online on the Manitoba Historical Society website at http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/pioneers.shtml
St. Clements Area Websites
- R.M. of St. Clements at http://www.rmofstclements.com/
- City of Selkirk at http://www.cityofselkirk.com/
- R.M. of St. Andrews at http://www.rmofstandrews.com/
- St. Andrews Heritage Centre at http://standrewsmuseum.weebly.com/
- Marine Museum at http://www.marinemuseum.ca/
- Red River Ancestry.ca at http://www.redriverancestry.ca/
- Association for Manitoba Museums at http://www.museumsmanitoba.com/
- Heritage Manitoba at http://www.heritagemanitoba.ca/
- Your one-stop source for information, resources and advice on the development of a strong, effective and sustainable community heritage venture.
- Heritage Winnipeg at http://www.heritagewinnipeg.com
- Historic Resources Branch (HRB) at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/hrb/
- The provincial government’s Historic Resources Branch features primary research; archeological sites, artifacts and excavation; building conservation; community heritage; heritage designation; planning and more.
- Hudson’s Bay Company Archives at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/index.html
- Jewish Heritage Centre at http://www.jhcwc.org/
- Manitoba Archaeological Society at http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/anthropology/manarchnet/mas/
- Manitoba Archives at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/index.html
- Manitoba Genealogical Society at http://www.mbgenealogy.com/
- Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/hrb/plaques/plaq0754.html
- Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) at http://www.mhs.mb.ca/
- This is a very large and comprehensive website featuring all aspects Manitoba history.
- Manitobia: Life and Times at http://manitobia.ca/
- Search or browse over 35 historical Manitoba newspapers to learn about Manitoba’s history.This website is an initiative of the Manitoba Library Consortium to collect historical documents online to be accessed free of charge.
- Provincial Heritage Sites at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/hrb/prov/index.html
- Provisional Government of Assiniboia at http://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/
- The website’s purpose is to “acknowledge the contribution of original North American peoples to the creation of Manitoba”. It provides a chronology of events from the year 1390 leading up to the Riel Resistance, culminating in the creation of Manitoba in 1870. Includes a list of the people of Assiniboia. Based on “A History of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia” by Norma Hall, published by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the province of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Métis Federation.
- St. Boniface Historical Society/Centre du patrimoine at http://shsb.mb.ca/en
- Travel Manitoba at http://www.travelmanitoba.com
- Some Manitoba heritage sites profiled and promoted here
- Ukrainian Settlers in Manitoba, our roots website at http://www.ourroots.ca/toc.aspx?id=2618&;amp;qryID=8839193a-1f05-4a5b-bb7e-fef0bf9d7c0b
- A book of interviews with Ukrainian settlers by Micheal Ewanchuk
- Archives Canada at http://www.archivescanada.ca/
- The Canadian Encyclopedia published by Historica Canada at http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/
- Features over 35,000 articles in English and French and over 6000 interactive maps, graphs, photographs and animations. Updated daily
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography – Library and Archives Canada at http://www.biographi.ca/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=3mqi6j5uegl8ec9vsqrb51vj73
- Features over 8500 biographies of people who played a role in the formation of Canada. Includes those who died between the years 1000 and 1930, as well as a few from pre-1000 and over 70 from post-1930. New biographies added regularly. Available in English and French.
- Our Roots at http://www.ourroots.ca/index.aspx?qryID=8f8320cb-e81b-4763-8cd2-a54373b0e584
- Has 222 books about Manitoba history to read online
- Parks Canada at http://www.pc.gc.ca/index.aspx
- Peel’s Prairie Provinces at http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html
- A resource dedicated to assisting scholars, students, and researchers of all types in their exploration of western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies.
International Heritage Websites
- Steamboats on the Red at http://steamboatsonthered.com/
First Nations and Métis
- Site Review: St. Peter’s and the Interpretation of the Agriculture of Manitoba’s Aboriginal People by Sarah Carter, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba. Originally published in Manitoba History, Number 18, Autumn 1989, now available on the Manitoba Historical Society’s website.
- A examination of First Nation agriculture in Manitoba
- Aboriginal Languages, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs at http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/abedu/languages.html
- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs at http://www.manitobachiefs.com/
- First Nations in Manitoba, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada at http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100020400/1100100020404
- Features original Indian treaties and related historical information.
- The Heritage of Métis Language in Western Canada at http://www.ameriquefrancaise.org/en/article-532/The_Heritage_of_M%C3%A9tis_Language_in_Western_Canada.html
- Louis Riel Institute at http://louisrielinstitute.com/index.php
- Features extensive information on Métis knowledge, culture and heritage.
- Métis Culture and Heritage Resource Centre at http://www.metisresourcecentre.mb.ca/index.php
- The Manitoba Metis Culture and Heritage Resource Centre (MCHRC) website is a rich source of history, culture, language and biographical information.
- Peguis First Nation at http://www.peguisfirstnation.ca/
- See Provisional Government of Assiniboia listing under Manitoba Websites
- Treaty Relations Committee of Manitoba at http://www.trcm.ca target=”_blank”
Religion and Churches
- Catholic Online (Saints and Angels) at http://www.catholic.org
- History of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry at http://www.whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk/foundry.htm
- John Taylor & Co. (Loughborough Bell Foundry) at http://www.taylorbells.co.uk/
- Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery at http://www.kildonanpresbyteriancemetery.com/
- Little Britain United Church at http://littlebritainunitedchurch.ca/
- New Advent (Catholic Encyclopedia) at: http://www.newadvent.org