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Margaret Robinson Montgomery Larnder fonds

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Textual record
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Fonds consists of the following series: Labrador climate and geography; Baffin Island espedition; ice conditions; Northern transportation; hydrography and Arctic exploration history and reference files [...]
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Margaret Montgomery was born in Winnipeg and studied History and French at the University of Manitoba and in Paris, 1932-1934. She taught for a number of years, before coming to Ottawa in 1941 to work for the Civil Service Commission and subsequently in personnel selection for the Canadian Army. After the war she went to McGill University to study Geography with a special emphasis on the Arctic. Her thesis, 'The Climate of Labrador and Its Effect on Settlement' was a pioneering work on this region of Canada. She received her M.A. from McGill in 1949. Margaret Montgomery did work for the Defence Research Board studying ice conditions in Hudson Bay by using RCAF reconnaissance aircraft. In 1950, she took part in a non-government expedition to Baffin Island where she studied its climate. After spending a year at McMaster University, she worked for the Department of National Defence becoming involved in operation research. In 1955, while in Washington, Margaret married Harold Larnder, a Canadian government operational research officer. As a result of marrying another government official, she lost her job. From then onwards she worked on contract for the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys on a variety of projects. Mrs. Larnder wrote the chapter on ice for 'History, Science & Hudson Bay' (1968). She did a variety of editing work as well [...]
30cm of textual records, 179 photographs : b&w, 68 maps
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Library and Archives Canada
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