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Margaret Konantz fonds
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- Konantz, Margaret
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1.4 m of textual records.
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Margaret McTavish Rogers was born in Winnipeg in 1899. Her father, Robert Arthur Rogers, opened the Crescent Creamery Company, which he operated until his death. Her mother, Edith McTavish Rogers, was the first woman to be elected to the Provincial Legislative Assembly in 1920. Margaret Rogers attended Bishop Strachan School and Havergal College. In 1922, she married Gordon Konantz. Margaret Konantz held many offices with many different volunteer organizations. She traveled extensively, especially after the loss of her husband, and gradually became more and more involved in international organizations. She devoted herself to the United Nations in the interest of international peace and became National Vice-Chairman for the Canadian Committee of UNICEF from 1959 to 1965. In 1963, she was appointed to the 18th General Assembly of the United Nations Third Committee on Social, Economic, and Humanitarian Problems. In 1965, she was elected National Chairman. Margaret Konantz was also the first female Member of Parliament from Manitoba.
The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1978 by Mr. Gordon E. Konantz.
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The fonds consists of diaries, correspondence, speeches, news clippings, photographs, household records, and scrapbooks. Each of the diaries contain information on different trips and events. The outgoing correspondence is mostly directed to her family and friends. The incoming correspondence, mainly originating from her associates at the United Nations, consists primarily of comments and inquiries about her travels abroad. There is a large and diverse collection of memoranda, newsletters and reports from the Women's Volunteer Service and UNICEF. There are several United Nations reports on various international topics such as apartheid, troubles in Rhodesia, and the Nobel Peace Prize. The five scrapbooks range in date from 1922 to 1961 and deal with her early life, the Women's Volunteer Service, the United Nations, and assorted memorabilia. The fonds also includes over 300 photographs.
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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below: MSS 1, PC 1 (A.78-24, A.78-37).
Ken Tacium fonds (Margaret Konantz Research Paper) (MSS SC 78).
Digitized Material: Canadian Wartime Experience.
No further accruals are expected.