Research Sources

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
    • This local archive is closed to the public, but you can speak to the archivist.
    • Contact information:
      City of Selkirk, 200 Eaton Ave
      Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A 0W6
      Phone: (204) 785-4900
  • 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.
    • Contact information:
      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.
    • Contact information:
      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.
    • Contact information:
      Archives of Manitoba and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
      200 Vaughan Street
      Winnipeg MB R3C 1T5
      Phone: 945-3971
      Toll free: 1-800-282-8069
      Fax: 204-948-2008
  • 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.
    • Contact information:
      Manitoba Legislative Library
      Main Floor, 200 Vaughan Street
      Winnipeg MB R3C 1T5
      Phone: 204-945-4330
      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.
    • Contact information:
      Historic Resources Branch
      Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
      Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3
      Phone: 204-945-2118
      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.

There are many older and out of print books available on the Manitoba Historical Society website, Our Roots website, and Peel’s Prairie Provinces website.

  • 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.
  • The Dictionary of Canadian Biography edited by Réal Bélanger and John English. 12 vols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2005. Print.
  • 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.
    Download (28 pages, 0.2 MB PDF)

    • 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.


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