Fonds Mss 289, PC 140 (A.99-33) - Pugh Family fonds

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Pugh Family fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 289, PC 140 (A.99-33)

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104 glass plate negatives: black & white and hand coloured -- 6 deagurreotypes --2200 negatives: black & white --134 colored slides -- 2844 photographs: black & white and colour -- 109 lantern slides: black and white and hand coloured.
5.25m of textual records.
2 cloth masons aprons in black leather bags.

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Margaret Pugh was born in Winnipeg in 1917. As a young girl, Margaret attended Rupert's Land Ladies College, the forerunner of Balmoral Hall. After secondary school, Margaret embarked on a university career. She attended the Manitoba Agricultural College through the late-1930s and received a degree in Home Economics in 1938.

With these credentials, Margaret worked as a dietetic intern at hospitals in Toronto and Montreal. Her last tenure as an intern took place in Winnipeg at the Deer Lodge Veterans' Hospital. It was at Deer Lodge that Margaret found permanent employment. She began her career there as a member of the dietary staff. Eventually she worked her way up the scales of management and enjoyed the position of Assistant Dietary Supervisor. She reached the pinnacle of her career when she achieved the office of Director of Dietary Services. She remained at her post until her retirement in 1978.

While working at the Veteran's hospital, Margaret devoted her free time to both professional and personal development. Consequently, Margaret was an active executive member of the Canadian and Manitoban branches of dietetic associations. She was also involved in a number of different artistic and cultural organizations.

Margaret Pugh researched the history of the various branches of her family. Pugh's maternal grandmother, Margaret Pawling, numbered among her ancestors United Empire Loyalists who settled in the Port Dalhousie region of Ontario, and Matilda Secord, a cousin of the famous Laura. Margaret Pugh's maternal grandfather, Frederick Wilson, was the son of Katherine Isabella Stewart and Dr. Robert Wilson, who served with the British Army in India before coming to Canada in 1848/49. Isabella Stewart's parents had preceded her to Canada and had settled near Stamford, Ontario. Margaret Pugh's father, Frederick, married Charlotte Wilson (daughter of Margaret Pawling and Katherine Isabella and Robert's son Frederick Wilson) in 1910. For many years Frederick Pugh worked as a buyer for Eatons.

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Material donated to the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Manitoba in 1999 by Margaret Pugh's estate.

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The collection was created by Margaret Pugh who organized and preserved the family's history. The fonds consists of materials from four families linked to the Pugh Family: Broderick, Wilson, Stewart and Pawling. The fonds includes a large amount of correspondance and other textual material dating back to the mid 19th century up to 1998. A large quantity of Postcards from the late 1800s to the post-war period make up the niche portion of the collection. Margaret's father, Frederick Pugh, worked in the Research Bureau of the T.E. Eaton Company through the early 1900s until 1938, included in the collection is correspondance between him and executives of the company. Also contained in the collection are textual records of Margaret's career at Deer Lodge Hospital. These records provide some insight into the administrative activities of the dietary department at the veteran's institution. In addition, Margaret's collection of cookbooks and recipes provide a comprehensive insight into gendered domestic consumption and advertising in the post-war period. Overall, the records provide a vivid illustration of the activities of a family clan that lived in Southern Ontario during the 19th century and Winnipeg during and after the Edwardian period.

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University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

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Created 2012 by Graham Stinett.

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