Fonds 70-1997 & 9-2001 - John Langston Tyman fonds

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John Langston Tyman fonds

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CA MCK 70-1997 & 9-2001

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  • 1875-1931 (Creation)

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3 m textual records
100 photographs and drawings
19 books and pamphlets

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John Tyman was born in Kent County, England. He served briefly with the British army, and then attended Oxford University. He came to Canada first in the summer of 1957 to work for a short time, returning to England in the fall. In 1959 he returned to study at McGill University, and obtained a M.A. in 1961. In 1962 he moved to Brandon to establish a Geography department at Brandon College (later to be Brandon University). Tyman served as a professor and, for a short time, as Dean of Science. In 1970 he obtained a Ph.D. from Oxford University. In 1976, Dr. Tyman left Brandon University and moved to Australia. In Australia he taught at Mount Gravatt College in Brisbane. Tyman retired in 1994. He continues to reside in Australia.

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The Tyman fonds remained in the possession of the Geography Department at Brandon University following Dr. Tyman's departure to Australia in 1976. With Dr. Tyman's approval the records were transferred to the McKee Archives in May, 2001.

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This fonds contains a copy of "By Section, Township & Range: Studies in Prairie Settlement", by John Langton Tyman. This publication was based on Tyman's doctoral thesis, (which is also included in this fonds)completed in 1970 and titled "The Disposition of Farm Lands in Western Manitoba, 1870 - 1930: Studies in Prairie Settlement." Fonds also includes extensive research materials compiled by Dr. Tyman on prairie settlement. They include: copies of the Annual Report of the Department of the Interior; documents relating to C.P.R. land sales (c.1870-1900); personal accounts and local histories of municipalities in southern Manitoba such as Shoal Lake, Justice, and local C.P.R. lines; the Canadian Homestead Settlement Co.; The Free Land Homestead Co,; the Canadian Northwest Lands Co.; the N.W.H.B., C.N.R., Lake Manitoba Railway & Canal Co.; land grants given to Veterans; Wellams and Dominion Steamship Co.; maps of southern Manitoba RM's; Sowden and Co. (a land settlement company); corespondance to a Rev. L.O. Armstrong in Emerson (c. 1885); legislation; agricultural progress; history of school lands; correspondance to and from J. Tyman (c.1960); the settlement of Icelandic, Hungarian, and Scandinavian immigrants; a plethora of maps both relating to prairie settlement and to world geography; a manuscript by William Pearce (1925); a transcript titled "Patterns of Settlement"; 5 roles of microfilm containing maps and copies of some publications acquired by Dr. Tyman; a number of books and c.1900 publications to do with prairie settlement; maps by township and range of the prairies; 100 photos and drawings all c.1880 to 1900; extensive township summaries; and extensive land disposal records as recorded by the Lands Department, including the names of settlers.

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Associated material: Many documents in this collection were copied from originals at the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary, Alberta.

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