William Norrie

An Inventory of his papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2014)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Bill Norrie

Bill Norrie fonds


.6 m of textual records including 61 photos

MSS 412 A. 13-101


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Biography of Bill Norrie

Bill Norrie was born in Winnipeg on January 21, 1929. He was the recipient of an Isbister Scholarship & graduated with a B.A. from United College in 1950. He was the President of the University of Manitoba Students Union while a law student in 1952. In 1953 he was awarded a Rhodes Schoarship & studied at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his law degree & joined the firm of Tupper & Adams in 1955. He joined former classmates Scott Wright & Charles Huband in the firm Richardson, Taylor, Huband, Wright & Norrie where he practised until becoming Deputy Secretary of the Law Society in 1975.

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Norrie began a long career in civic politics with his election to the Winnipeg School Board in 1964. He was elected to Winnipeg City Council in 1971. In 1979 he became the mayor of Winnipeg a position he held until 1992. He helped to negotiate the agreement to establish the Forks & the North Portage Partnership. He was a strong proponent of multiculturism & forged strong ties within the etnic communities. Upon leaving Municipal politics Norrie twice acted as Chairman of the United Way campaign. He was the Honorary Consul to Japan for eight years. He was the Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 2001-2009. Norrie died on July 6, 2012. For a more indepth biogrphical sketch consult Norrie's obituary on-line in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds are separated into 4 series. They include University of Manitoba material, Organizations & boards, University of Winnipeg material & photograph collection

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use

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Detailed Description of the Collection


11 Norrie - Honorary Degree includes Convocation Address 1993
2 Homecoming 1999
3 Homecoming 2000
4 Campus Plan Summary ca.2001
5 Correspondence 2002
6 Correspondence 2003
7 IS Book 2003-2004
8 Aboriginal Focus Programs 2003
9 Annual report 2003-2004
10 Buildings on Strengths - fall report 2004
11 William Norrie Center 2009
12 St. Boniface Convocation 2007
13 Faculty of Medicine - Spring Convocation 2009
14 Board of Governors Certificate of Appreciation 2009
15 Bill & Helen Norrie Bursary correspondence 2009-2010
16 Chancellor Emeritus at the Convocation 2010
17 Norrie Chancelor Emeritus 2010

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21 Shaping the Future of Health Research & Economic Development in Western Canada - Winnipeg Workshop 2001
2 Monarchist League, Commonwealth, Intrepid Society 1996-2001
3 Acres International - Board of Directors 2003
4 Acres Manitoba/Mid-WestBusinss Unit Plan 2001
5 Acres Board of Directors 2000-2001

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31 Norrie B.A. 1950
2 United College 1950 Reunion 2001
3 United College grads farewell (includes 10 photos) 1950
4 University of Winnipeg -LLD 1981
5 University of Winnipeg Chancellors Forum & Publications 1993-2000

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PHOTOGRAPHS, 2004-2011
41 Convocation photos (13 photos) 2004
2 Convocation photos (11 photos) 2005
3 Convocation photos (10 photos) 2008
4 Convocation photos (13 photos) 2011
5 Norrie meeting Emperor of Japan (2 photos) 2009
6 William Norrie Centre opening (2 photos) 2005
7 Norrie in Chacellor's robes 2010
51 Oversize photo Norrie used for Chancellor portrait 2010

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