Stobie Family fonds:

An Inventory of its Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
(August 20, 2003)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. G. Stubbs (August 20, 2003)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 159 (A. 98-51) converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

William and Margaret Stobie

Stobie Family fonds


1.38 m. of textual records


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Biography of William and Margaret Stobie

William Stobie was born June 1st, 1911 in London, England. He obtained a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and briefly did graduate work at the University of Illinois before returning to the University of Toronto to continue course work for a Ph.D. in English. In 1938, William married Margaret Roseborough, also a Ph.D. in English. That year he obtained an appointment to the faculty of De Pauw University in Greencastle, Indiania. The couple next moved to Missouri where William taught at the University of Missouri and Margaret taught at the Christian College for women. In 1944 they embarked on a two-year stint at Cornell University. In 1946 both Margaret and William joined the English Department of the University of Manitoba as assistant professors. William's area of expertise was Nineteenth-Century English writers. He participated in a lecture for University on Air in 1947 on the poet Frank Scott. William was the President of the Winnipeg Little Theatre Group in 1955-1958. William was active in the University unions and was President of the staff association of UMSU during the Harry Crowe affair. William sat on several university committees including the University College Building Committee. He attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1954 and full professor in 1967. He was the director of Summer and Evening session from 1965-1976. William Stobie retired in 1976 after 30 years with the English Department.

Dr. Margaret (Peg) Roseborough was born in Vermillion, Alberta on February 26th, 1909. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1930. Margaret was awarded an IODE Overseas Fellowship and did an Honours Degree in English at King's College University of London in 1932. She returned to Canada completing an M.A. in 1934, and a Ph.D. in 1937, at the University of Toronto. The following year she published An Outline of Middle English Grammar with MacMillan's, and taught at Victoria College. In 1938, she married William Stobie. The couple moved to De Pauw University in Indiania in 1938. From there, they moved to Missouri where Margaret returned to teaching at Christian College a Women's Instution. William and Margaret Stobie taught at Cornell University for two years from 1944-1946 before joining the English department at the University of Manitoba. Margaret was forced to retire from teaching with the inception of the nepotism law in 1950. She spent the next several years acting, producing and directing local theatre as well as working for the CBC in various dramatic roles and as a book reviewer on Critically Speaking. In 1958 she took an appointment at United College, but resigned in protest over the dismissal of Harry Crowe at the end of the year. In 1959 she was hired by St. John's College. From 1962-1965 she was on the executive of the College's Chapter of CAUT. In 1966 she attained the rank of full professor. Two years later she became a member of Senate and in 1971 she was appointed to the Research Grants Committee and Research Board. Margaret was the first women appointed to the academic panel of the Canada Council and was a board member of the Associations of Universities and Colleges of Canada. She wrote two more books A Critical Study of Frederick Philip Grove , Twayne Publisher (1973), and The Other Side of the Rebellion (1986). She was appointed to Professor Emeritus in 1975. Margaret Stobie died July 15, 1990. The University of Manitoba holds a lecture in Dr. Stobie's memory.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The fonds is separated into seven series. The first pertains to Margaret Stobie's research with the Bunji dialect (1965-1969) The second concerns the North Studies Project (1965-1977). William Stobie held a two year term as president of the Winnipeg Little Theatre Co. and Margaret acted, directed and produced plays for the company. The third series related to the theatre company and includes it's merging with Theatre 77 to create the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1950-1982). The fourth series deals with William Stobie's involvement with the University of Manitoba's academic unions (1949-1976). The fifth series relates to William Stobie's committee work while at the University of Manitoba (1948-1975). The sixth series contains information on Professor Harry Crowe's dismissal from United College (1958-1959). Theatre, ballet and concert program make up the final series. (1936-1979).

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 7 series

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Restrictions on Access

Two letters are restricted everything else is open to the public.

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Related Papers

Other accruals include Margaret Stobie's Bunji Language interview tapes and transcripts Tc 24, A.80-17, Stobie's interview tapes regarding Frederick Philip Grove Tc 2, A.82-42 and Mss.13, Pc 109 the textual records and photographs for Stobie's Grove research. Mss 159 (A.98-51) pertains to Margaret Stobie's research with the Bunji dialect (1965-1969), the North Studies Project (1965-1977), the creation of the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1950-1982), and William Stobie's involvement with the University of Manitoba's academic unions (1949-1976). Mss 159, Pc 177 (A.03-92, A.04-94) consists primarily of Margaret Stobie's research and publication drafts, publications, and early photographs of the Stobies. Mss 159, Pc 177, Tc (A.08-20) consists primarily of William Stobie's academic writings, personal correspondence, and Margaret Stobie's research and drafts for her books.

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Other Finding Aids

Margaret Stobie fonds - Mss 13, Tc 2 (A.82-42), Tc 24 (A.80-17), Pc 109.

Stobie Family fonds - Mss 159, Pc 177, Tc 136 (A.03-92, A.04-94, A.08-20).

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Margaret Stobie Bunji Transcipts 1965-1969

11 Bunji Linguistics interview transcripts 1# 1965
2 Bunji Linguistics interview transcripts 2# 1965
3 Bunji Linguistics interviews transcripts 3# 1965
4 Bunji Linguistics interviews transcripts 4# 1965
5 Study of Linguistic Scottish\Bunji 1967-1969

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Northern Studies Project 1965-1977
16 Notes & correspondence 1965
7 Red River Dialect notes 1968
8 Northern Studies information 1968-1977

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Winnipeg Little Theatre Company 1950-1982
21 Little London Theatre material - advice on how to start a Community Theatre 1950
2 Winnipeg Little Theatre Co. correspondence 1951-1955
3 Annotated copies of several plays [1952-1957]
4 Financial statements 1952-1954
5 Correspondence 1953-1955
6 Notes 1953-1954
31 Finances 1954-1959
2 William Stobie theatre correspondence 1954-1959
3 Notes 1955-1956
4 Newspaper reviews 1955
5 Correspondence 1955-1956
6 Board meeting minutes & budget 1955-1958
41 Correspondence 1956-1959
2 Newsclippings 1956-1982
3 Notes Re: annual meetings 1956-1957
4 Board meeting minutes 1956-1959
5 Manitoba Theatre Centre - reports, by-laws 1958-1960
6 Manitoba Theatre Centre - minutes & budget 1959-1960

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University of Manitoba Academic Unions 1949-1976
51 American Association of University Professors - University of Manitoba Chapter 1949-1953
2 AASUM\CAUT correspondence & reports 1949-1960
3 AASUM executive committee meeting minutes 1952-1953
4 AASUM executive meeting minutes 1952-1953
61 AASUM memorandum & notes 1952-1953
2 AASUM 1952-1964
3 AASUM 1953-1960
4 AASUM\CAUT 1954-1964
6 CAUT income tax guide 1955
7 AASUM Pensions Committee 1955-1957
8 AASUM academic load committee 1958
9 AASUM - staff representation on the Board of Governors 1958-1959
71 AASUM tenure committee 1959
2 AASUM 1962
3 AASUM - Material on University Government 1964-1968
4 UMFA 1965-1976
5 AASUM agendas 1965-1968
6 AASUM 1966-1967
81 AASUM government 1968-1969
2 AASUM minutes 1968-1971
3 UMFA 1971

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William Stobie's University Committee Work 1948-1975
84 Space Utilization at University of Manitoba minutes & reports 1948-1960
5 Records of Planning of University College - includes plans 1962-1965
6 Committee Planning New Arts College 1953-1958
7 University of Manitoba correspondence 1956-1958
91 Committee Planning New Arts College - minutes 1958-1961
2 Committee on the Founding of New Arts College 1959
3 New Arts College - teaching areas 1960-1961
4 Programme of Requirements for the Proposed New Arts Building 1960
5 Committee on Planning New Arts College 1960
6 Committee on the Founding of a New Arts College (University College) 1961
7 Committee on Planning new arts college (includes blueprints) 1962
8 New Arts College correspondence 1964-1965
9 Notes on Building at the University [ca.1965]
10 Annual reports to the President Re: Summer Session 1968-1975

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The Harry Crowe Case 1958-1959
101 Report of CAUT Committee on the Dismissal of Harry Crowe 1958
2C Letter to Stobie outlining CAUT's responsibilty in the Crowe Affair 1958
3 Crowe case correspondence 1958-1959
4 Crowe case evidence documents 1958
5 Crowe case press clippings 1958
6 Margaret Stobie's contract with and subsequent letter of resignation from United College 1958-1959
7C CAUT reports & correspondence Re: Crowe Case 1958

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Theatre, Ballet and Concert Programs 1936-1979
111 Winnipeg Little Theatre and Shoestring Theatre programs 1936-1958
2 Play bills and advertising for WLT 1952-1958
3 University of Manitoba Stage & Glee Club programs 1952-1968
4 The Actor's Guild programs 1952-1953
5 Celebrity Concerts (Canada) Ltd. - programs 1952-1962
6 Children's Theatre programs 1953-1957
7 Drama Festival programs - Manitoba Region 1953-1958
8 Winnipeg Press Club Theatre, Jewish Women's Musical Club, Kelvin High School Variety Night 1954-1956
9 Winnipeg Summer Theatre Association 1956
10 The First Quarter Century of the Manitoba Drama League, Irene Craig 1956
11 Le Cercle Moliere & La Jeune Scene programs 1957
12 Theatre 77 programs 1957-1958
13 Manitoba Theatre Centre programs 1958-1964
14 Interlake Theatre Festival 1979
15 Royal Winnipeg Ballet programs 1949-1956
16 Sadler Walls Ballet program 1951
17 The Poetry Society of Winnipeg programs 1946
18 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra program 1955

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