Fonds UW 86.003, 88.036, 88.057, 94.001, 95.013, 96.006, 97.023, 99.024, 00.017, 00.023, 00.059, 00.092, 00.096, 02.014, 02.015, 03.013, 06.008, 06.009, 07.003, 08.008, 08.011, 10.005, 10.006, 10.007, 11.004, 11.012, 12.006, 13.011, IN-15, SC-7, SC-8 - Delza Longman fonds

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Delza Longman fonds

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CA UWA UW 86.003, 88.036, 88.057, 94.001, 95.013, 96.006, 97.023, 99.024, 00.017, 00.023, 00.059, 00.092, 00.096, 02.014, 02.015, 03.013, 06.008, 06.009, 07.003, 08.008, 08.011, 10.005, 10.006, 10.007, 11.004, 11.012, 12.006, 13.011, IN-15, SC-7, SC-8

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2.2 m of textual records and other materials
Note: includes photographs, audio recordings, objects, and rug hookings

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Delza (Lakey) Longman was born in 1917 in Reach Township, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto and Case Western Reserve University. She moved to Winnipeg in 1944 and taught Latin and English at United College (University of Winnipeg). She married Alf Longman in 1948. She was involved with the Alumni Association. In 1982, Delza began working with the University of Winnipeg Library to arrange and describe the historic records which she and her husband had collected during their careers with the University. She received the University of Winnipeg Alumni Council's first Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990. Delza passed away in 2021.

Custodial history

The records in this fonds were collected by Delza Longman from a variety of sources, including mostly faculty, alumni, and students at the University of Winnipeg whom she knew. Some of the records were collected by her husband Alf Longman which Delza retained after his death in 1984. A portion of the records were a part of Delza’s initial donation to and work with the University of Winnipeg Library and the unofficial beginning of the Archives starting in 1982. Delza kept the other records in her residence and brought them to the Archives periodically while organizing or downsizing.

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Fonds illustrates both Alf and Delza Longman’s ongoing relationship with the University of Winnipeg and its community of faculty, staff, and alumni, particularly Delza’s volunteer work with the Alumni Association. Fonds also reflects their personal lives and interests, particularly Canadian history and travel. Some of the records date from Alf’s early years at Wesley College in the 1910s and onward, and range to Delza’s final donation in 2013, but the majority of the material was generated in the 1960s-1990s when Delza was most active with the Alumni Association.

Fonds is arranged in the order of individual donations from Delza over the years and retains its original order with minimal intervention wherever possible. The records in the fonds include sound recordings of lectures, literature reviews, and interviews; correspondence; scrapbooks; newspaper clippings; photographs; essays; awards; some published items; and ephemera from the University and its historic colleges as well as historical Canadian or Manitoban events. Includes also two of Delza’s rug hookings.

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Audio recordings in this fonds were not listened to at time of processing

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The accessions in this fonds were agglomerated out of primarily unprocessed records, but include material already processed under the Archives' original categorization system in the 1980s and 1990s (i.e. IN-15, SC-7, and SC-8).

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Entry created -- 25 January 2023 -- Daniel Matthes

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