Fonds Mss 54, Pc 72 (A.82-16) - Arnold O. Brigden fonds

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Arnold O. Brigden fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 54, Pc 72 (A.82-16)

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  • 1906-1972 (Creation)

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0.13 m of textual records and other material.

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Arnold Brigden was born in England in 1886. His father was a Methodist minister. Bridgen came to Canada in 1903 to live in Toronto with his uncle, Frederick Brigden, who taught him the craft of wood-engraving and the emerging craft of photo-engraving. In 1908 he returned to England briefly, and in 1910 came to New York to work for Gills, a large graphic arts firm. He remained there until 1914 when he was persuaded to move to Winnipeg by his family to take over the Winnipeg branch of the family business, Brigden's Limited, a Toronto-based printing firm. He managed Brigden's from 1914 until his retirement in 1956. Under his management, Brigden's of Winnipeg became a successful centre for graphic arts in western Canada. Brigden was an active supporter of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Winnipeg School of Art.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Helen Coy in 1982.

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The fonds consists of letters from Brigden's family in England and Toronto. Most of the letters were written during the Edwardian era and during the First World War. Two written records were produced by Brigden himself. One is a brief postcard (c.1956) and the other is his travel diary Holiday Jaunts, which gives daily descriptions of holiday activities at Bear River, Nova Scotia, in 1906; Port Sydney, Muskoka in 1907; and Felkstone, England where Brigden visited his sister, Kathleen, for a weekend in 1909. This collection also contains thirteen dry pale negatives taken in 1908, eleven glass slides of flowers and the Canadian Rockies, and 42 black and white photographs taken in 1936 of Wisley Gardens and of the funeral of King George V.

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  • English

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below:
MSS 54, PC 72 (A.82-16) .

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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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