Collection Mss Sc 162 - Machray Defalcation Scandal Collection

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Machray Defalcation Scandal Collection

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CA UMASC Mss Sc 162

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  • 1932-1933 (Creation)
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    Machray, John A.
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    Winnipeg (Man.)

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0.15 m of textual records.

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John A. Machray was born in 1865 and was a prominent Winnipeg lawyer who was appointed Bursar of the University of Manitoba in 1919. In 1932, he was accused of defalcating over $900,000 of university endowment funds. In a much publicized trial, he pled down to a count of defalcating $500,000. Due to his age and ill health, Machray was sentenced to only 7 years in prison. He died in 1933.

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The fonds was originally classified as UA SC 30 but was reclassified in 2005 as MSS SC 162 to more accurately reflect its provenance.

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The fonds consists of two scrapbooks detailing University of Manitoba Bursar John A. Machray's embezzlement of $900,000 of the University's endowment fund. Each scrapbook contains articles about the scandal from the Winnipeg Tribune and the Manitoba Free Press.

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