Fonds 15.002, 16.008 - A. Lee Gibson fonds

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A. Lee Gibson fonds

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CA UWA 15.002, 16.008

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  • 1950-1954, 1977-1979, 2003-2004, 2014-2016 (Creation)
    Gibson, A. Lee

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0.09 m of textual records
18 photographs: 8 b&w, 10 colour
3 ribbons
2 pins

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April Lee Gibson (nee Patterson) attended Central School and Transcona Collegiate from 1939 to 1950. She went on to study at United College in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1950 to 1954, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1954 and a B. Paed from the University of Manitoba in 1955. Gibson was a teacher in Norwood/St. Vital from 1955 to 1958. Gibson met Ronald Dale Gibson during her time at United College. They were married in 1956 at the United College Chapel and divorced in 1991.

Prior to their divorce, the Gibsons co-authored the books Substantial Justice: Law and Lawyers in Manitoba, 1670-1970 (1972), and, together with author Cameron Harvey, Attorney for the Frontier: Enos Stutsman (1983). Gibson also published the book A Proud Heritage: the First Hundred Years of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, 1879-1979 (1993), six bios in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, two bios in the Canadian Encyclopedia, and various other articles.

In the late 1970s, Gibson was actively involved in the University of Winnipeg's Entrance Scholarship Programme that raised funds from United College alumni donations to provide scholarships for incoming students. Gibson was also involved in organizing reunions for the United College's graduating class of 1954 in 1979, 2004, and 2014. She was a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission from 1984 until it disbanded in 1987. She has volunteered at the River Heights Junior High School Library, Manitoba Museum, Archives of Western Canadian Legal History, and Archives of Manitoba, where she also worked on several term contracts.

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The fonds was donated to the University of Winnipeg Archives by A. Lee Gibson in 2015 and 2016.

Scope and content

The fonds reflects Gibson's involvement in United College as a student and an alumna. The 2015 accession consists of a songbook written by Gibson's 1954 classmate, Gilbert Munroe. The 2016 accession consists of publications, pamphlets, a script, letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, maps of the University of Winnipeg campus, and pins. The fonds include correspondence and financial records with the University of Winnipeg pertinent to the activities of the Entrance Scholarship Program. Photographs consist of Lee Gibson's time as a student at United College and as an alumna.

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  • English

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Copyright resides with the University of Winnipeg.

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Created by Jason Carrie on 17 February 2017.
Revised by Brett Lougheed on 17 April 2017.

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  • English

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