Fonds 17-1997, 03-2003, 15-2003 - Errol Black Collection

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Errol Black Collection

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CA MCK 17-1997, 03-2003, 15-2003

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  • 1930-2002, predominant 1930-1939, 1971-2002 (Creation)

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62 cm textual records
32 photographs, various sizes

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Errol Black was born September 6, 1939, in Brandon, Manitoba son of Thomas Alexander Black, who immigrated to Canada from Limerick, Ireland in 1929, and Robert Jean (nee Groat) Black, a native of Chatham, New Brunswick). Mr. Black attended King George Elementary, Earl Haig Junior High, Brandon Collegiate Institute for Grade 10, and completed high school through correspondence courses for Grades 11 and 12. Errol Black undertook post-secondary education at Brandon College (1963-65), University of Alberta (1965-67), and Warwick University (1975-77). He was a member of Economics Department at Brandon University from 1970-2002. Following retirement he was granted Professor Emeritus status in 2003. Errol Black has published three books and many articles and reports in leading academic journals. He served on the Executive of Brandon University Faculty Association for many years, and was President of the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations for two years. Mr. Black is also member of the Brandon District Labour Council (1978- ), founding member Manitoba branch Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and board member Brandon Regional Health Authority (2000-2006). He was elected to Brandon City Council 1998 and second term 2001. In 1999 he was the federal NDP candidate for Brandon-Souris.

Custodial history

Jim Davis, brother to Communist activist Stanley Forkin, originally owned this collection. Taimi Davis, Jim Davis' wife, mailed the collection from her residence in Ontario to Erroll Black in 1994. Professor Black donated the collection to the McKee Archives.

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This collection consists of twelve of the thirteen issues of the Unemployed Worker, published in Brandon in the 1930's. The Unemployed Worker was the organ of the Brandon Unemployed Workers' Council. This Council, like its counterparts in other communities, was created by Canadian Communist Party militants. The Unemployed Worker covered the activities of the Unemployed Workers' Council, the plight of Brandon's unemployed, efforts by the city's unemployed to improve their lives, and City Council decisions, specifically those regarding relief policy. Collection also contains extensive clippings from Canadian Communist Party publications The Worker and the Daily Clarion from the years 1930-1939; 21 personal and family photographs (b/w 3x5) of the Forkin family of Brandon many of whom were active in the Canadian Communist Party; various historical photographs (b/w 8x10) related to the history of labour in Brandon, Manitoba; personal files containing correspondence, letters and opinion pieces to various newspaper, course outlines, research materials and draft publications, arbitration awards and documents related to Mr. Black?s involvement with the Manitoba Organization of faculty Associations (MOFA). Collection also contains extensive correspondence from former Brandon University Economic Professor Don Wheeler to Errol Black. In addition an important body of correspondence received by Professor Black from Taimi Davis written by Pat Forkin and his wife Phoebe Forkin to family members in Canada during the years 1936-1939 while Pat was Moscow based correspondent for the Canadian Communist Party Clarion. Fonds also contains personal correspondence of Errol Black dating from c. 1970, drafts of papers, newspaper clippings, pamphlets related to labour and labour political matters. Two publications of note: Labour in Brandon published by the Brandon and District Labour Council and a student guide to labour law written by George MacDowell. Collection also includes several documents related to Professor Black's involvement in the provincial Industrial Adjustment Committee.

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Online version of finding aid available at: Errol Black Collection

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