Collection 23 - Effie and Alex McPhail Collection

Manitoba Agricultural College, Faculty and Students, 1906 Lake Clementi Cattle at Brandon Experimental Farm Robert Rae Portrait of a Pioneer Couple Brandon Drama Group O'Sullivan Business College, 1904 Brandon College Commercial Class 1908-1909 Portrait of a Woman and Baby Portrait of a Lady
Results 1 to 10 of 37 Show all

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Effie and Alex McPhail Collection

General material designation

  • Graphic material
  • Textual record

Parallel title

Effie McPhail Collection

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description



Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


Physical description area

Physical description

33 photographs
4 newspaper prints
5 prints
5 negatives
26cm of textual records
2 plaques
1 ribbon
1 napkin

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1900-1999; 1887-1989)

Biographical history

Effie Weir (1900-1999), later Effie McPhail, was born in British Colombia to parents Alex Weir and Blanche Rae. The family moved near Brandon, Manitoba in 1903 to farm. After growing up in Brandon, Effie finished Normal School at the age of 16 and became a teacher. She taught in rural Manitoba for five years until marrying Alex McPhail (1897-1989) in 1923. Alex was born and raised on a farm in Forrest, Manitoba, near Brandon. He was the eldest son of Archie and Mary McPhail who came to Manitoba from Ontario. Before his marriage, in addition to farming, Alex was a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the First World War. Alex and Effie had four children: Donna, Ronald, Malcolm, and Archie. They farmed in Forrest, Manitoba until moving to Brandon in 1950. Effie and Alex were both active members of their community. Alex was especially involved in the agricultural community and won many prizes over the years for his livestock. Between 1954 and 1965, he served as manager for the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and the Manitoba Winter Fair. He also served one term as the president of the Canadian Association of Exhibitions. Additionally, Alex was on the Brandon General Hospital board, the Brandon College board, and was a member of the Kiwanis and Shriners clubs. He was also involved in local sports. Both Alex and Effie McPhail were active members of the United Church. Effie was also involved in multiple community organizations. She was a member of the Brandon Council of Women and served as president of the council for three years (1955-1957). In 1960, she served a term as president of the Brandon Liberal Women’s Association. Effie was also an advocate for the preservation of local history. She was part of the Assiniboine Historical Society and the initiative to open the Daly House Museum.

Custodial history

The material in this collection was accumulated by Effie and Alex McPhail who donated it to the Daly House Museum between 1978 and 1995. Items were accessioned between 1978 and 2013. The collection is now held in the Magnacca Research Centre at Daly House. A more detailed archival history for this collection is unknown.

Scope and content

The collection contains material accumulated by Effie and Alex McPhail. It is comprised of three series: Photographs and Prints; Documents; and Miscellaneous Items. Each series is described separately. Individual items are described in detail on the Daly House Museum database.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres