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Collection c00004 - Morris Block collection

Western Cake and Pie Co carriage Crane and David (Western Cake and Pie Co) storefront Men lounging in field near car Cars hauling gravel material at Union Stock Yards Men in front of CNR engine Men at Union Stock Yards Work being done at Union Stock Yards Cars hauling gravel material at Union Stock Yards Men posing for photo Rail track at Union Stock Yards Man sitting inside City pipeline Work being done at Union Stock Yards Work being done at Union Stock Yards Work being done at Union Stock Yards Wall at Union Stock Yards Grain elevator at Union Stock Yards Trench for City pipeline Wall at Union Stock Yards Work being done at Union Stock Yards Work being done at Union Stock Yards
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Morris Block collection

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  • 1876-1970 (Creation)
  • [196-?]-[before 1998] (Creation)
    Block, Morris
    Block brought these records together to create this collection.

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205 photographs. - 10 maps and/or plans. - 34 postcards. - 7 drawings. - 11 pamphlets and/or publications. - various ephemera.

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Morris Block was born in Winnipeg on December 24, 1929. He was educated in Winnipeg where he earned two undergraduate degrees at the University of Manitoba (Science and Engineering) and graduated at the top of his Civil Engineering class in 1955. In 1958, he started the engineering firm M. Block & Associates. His interests included the history of Winnipeg and Manitoba and he collected a wide variety of materials relating to these two themes.

Shortly after graduation, Morris Block married Clara. They had six children. Morris Block died in December of 1998.

Custodial history

The collection was gifted to the City of Winnipeg Archives in 2005 by Clara Block. Individual items were acquired by Morris Block over a period of time and through contacts with dealers and other collectors. Many items in the collection were originally framed. Frames were removed to facilitate transport, archival description and storage at the City of Winnipeg Archives. The collection was retrieved from the family cottage at Gimli, Manitoba in July of 2005 where it was on display. Block also collected material relating to the University of Manitoba. These items were gifted to the Archives and Special Collections program at the University of Manitoba.

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The collection consists of material relating to Winnipeg and includes vintage photographs of local businesses, buildings and civic government employees, works and operations; stereoscopic views published by the T. Eaton Co. Limited, the Keystone View Company and Underwood & Underwood, Publishers; postcards of Winnipeg published by Henry Kalen Ltd., and Alex Wilson Publications Limited; line drawings and sketches extracted from various publications; maps and plans of the City of Winnipeg; publications including telephone directories for the City of Winnipeg and Report on a Future Water Supply for the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1897; ephemera including letterhead of local businesses, stock certificates, invoices, property tax receipts and statements, philatelic items (souvenir stamps created for civic events); miscellaneous artifacts including a souvenir ashtray, pin, sterling silver spoon, and coins.

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Researchers are responsible for observing Canadian copyright regulations.

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File List available in Research Room.

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Accession Number: 2005/A019. No further accruals are expected.

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