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Eira 'Babs' Friesen fonds

Media Type: 
Textual record
Graphic material
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
MSS 229
STEM Field: 
The fonds consists of both published and unpublished textual material including a scrapbook containing documents relating to 'Babs' Friesen's interactions with the University of Manitoba from 1937 to 1958. Types of documents in the scrapbook include clippings from university and local newspapers, invitations and programs from university events, and class photographs. The fonds also contains University of Manitoba Telephone Directories for 1937-1938 and 1938-1939. The fonds also contains a program from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Science 1904-1979 celebration. A photo album probably created in approximately 1929 by 'Babs' Friesen is also part of the fonds. The album contains photographs taken at locations throughout the United Kingdom and Manitoba.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Eira Charles, now known as 'Babs' Friesen, was the daughter of Major John Leslie Charles and Helena Violet (nee Hamilton). Her brother John Hamilton Charles was killed in action with the RCAF in 1942. 'Babs' Friesen attended the University of Manitoba from approximately 1937 to 1938. In 1938, she was elected Lady Stick for the University of Manitoba Science Students Association. In 1938, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. Following her graduation, 'Babs' Friesen continued to be involved with the university through various alumni organizations and events.
1937-1979, predominant 1937-1958
0.04 m of textual records, 1 album : ca. 210 photographs
Hosting Institution: 
University of Manitoba
Collection Contact: 
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