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Stephen Adolph Magnacca Fonds
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CA DHM 1982.4.0
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1882-1980; predominately 1955-1975 (Creation)
- Magnacca, Stephen Adolph
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4.25 m of textual records, 338 photographs, 1 architectural drawing, 16 certificates, 150 books,
2 scrapbooks, 2 magazines, 2 souvenir programs, 5 maps, 6 foreign calendars, 1 audio tape.
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Stephan Adolph Magnacca was born on 10 December 1902 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He joined the Winnipeg Highland Cadets in 1914 and the Winnipeg Light Infantry in 1917. He received the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June 1923. In 1933, Magnacca was promoted to the rank of Major. He married Grace Rosina Jones in 1923. Stephen and Grace Magnacca had two children, a daughter Patricia and a son Allan. The family lived in Winnipeg until the 1940s when Magnacca military service took them to Brandon, Manitoba.
After he left military service, Magnacca started and was president of the Magnacca Real Estate Agencies in Brandon, Manitoba. He remained interested in military matters and was made an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 26th Field Artillery Regiment in 1956. Eleven years later he was bestowed the rank of Honorary Colonel.
Magnacca was elected as Mayor of Brandon from 1961-1969. During this time period Magnacca was instrumental in the building of the Keystone Agricultural Center, the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, the Brandon Airport Terminal, a new Civic Administration Center and many infrastructure upgrades within the City.
Magnacca was an active community member. He was involved with the Brandon Lion Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 3, Brandon Progressive Conservative Association and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He was also active in preserving the community's heritage as president of the Assiniboine Historical Society and the Brandon Museum Inc. between 1973 and 1980. During this time, Magnacca was instrumental in the establishment of the Daly House Museum in 1976.
In recognition of his community service, Magnacca was awarded the Manitoba Golden Boy Award in 1969, the Order of Canada in 1973 and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.
On 4 August 1980 at the age of seventy-seven, Stephen A. Magnacca passed away. After his death the archives at Daly House Museum was renamed the Magnacca Research Center in his honour.
In 1982 the estate of Stephen A. Magnacca was donated by his wife Grace Magnacca to Daly House Museum.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence with politicians, reports, newspaper clippings and photographs from Mayor Magnacca's term in office and his other community activities. It includes Westman Community History Books and various artifacts.
The fond is divided up into the following series:
- Mayoral Papers
- Community Organizations
- Historical Interests
- Personal Papers
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The collection is under the standard policy issued by the directors of the Daly House Museum. No materials are to leave the Museum premises without authority of the Board of Directors. Reprints and photocopies will be made available upon request.
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While the information in the collection was gathered from the 1960s's to 1980, the age of the papers in the collection varies from the early 1880s up to 1980. Most of the materials were collected by Mr. Magnacca, although there are few collections and items which were given to Mr. Magnacca for his use.
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