R. A. Storch:

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

Inventory prepared by Merridy Peters and Tyyne Petrowski.
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba
(April-May 1950)

Finding aid encoded by Merridy Peters and Tyyne Petrowski (March 2013; May 2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
R. A. Storch

Title:
R. A. Storch Fonds

Dates:
April-May 1950

Quantity:
257 photographs; 0.01 m textual records; 6 film reels; 8 35 mm negative rolls

Identification:
PC 334 (A13-23)

English

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Biography of R. A. Storch

Rudolph Alexander Storch was born in [1903 or 1904]. He attended Lord Selkirk School, followed by St. John's Technical School and completed his Senior Matriculation in 1921. In 1927 he received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He belonged to the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada, and did a lecture on "Problems Involved in Travelling Through Outer Space" in 1944. In 1946 he became vice president of the society. Storch taught at Cecil Rhodes School, St. John's High School (then St. John's Technical High School), as well as Elmwood High School in Winnipeg. There is currently an award named after him at Elmwood High School. He was briefly vice-principal of King Edward School in 1953, then transferred to Earl Grey School as vice-principal in 1954. Storch died on January 14, 1988 at the age of 84.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Two of the films (one black & white, one colour) feature the visit of King George VI of England and Queen Elizabeth to Winnipeg during their Royal Tour of Canada in May 1939, mainly showing people preparing for the Queen & King to drive by in their car and the related festivities. School groups of children are shown, including some from what appear to be Somerset School and Cecil Rhodes School. There is a duplicate of the colour film. The other three films (two black & white, one colour) mainly feature student track and field competitions. The colour reel includes a ceremony on the steps of Cecil Rhodes School with boys in blue cadet caps, girls singing, and an unidentified military dignitary. The track meets appear to include students from Cecil Rhodes School, Daniel McIntyre School, and likely other schools. Two of the films show the former Osborne street stadium, while the other appears to be at either a school or community sports field.

The photographs document water levels of Winnipeg flood from April - May 1950; a small group of unlabelled photos depict a family of three, possibly of Storch, and scenes around a dam (possibly in Pinawa).

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series: photographic collection and film collection. The photographs have been retained in chronological order, and the films have been placed together in one box.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

Photographs purchased from Peter's Auction Sales Ltd. on 27 February 2013. Films purchased from the same source 30 April 2013. Negatives for photographs and flood-waters document provided at time of film purchase.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Photograph Collection [ April-May 1950 ]
BoxFolder
11 Flood Pictures: 1-3 to 1-38; 2-1 to 2-33 April 21-April 29 1950
2 Flood Pictures: 3-1A to 3-38; 4-1 to 4-37 April 30-May 5 1950
3 Flood Pictures: 5-4 to 5-37; 6-A to 6-35 May 6-May 7 1950
4 Flood Pictures: 7-1A to 7-37; Untitled Pictures May 7-May 10 1950
5 List of Floodwater Heights by Date and Time (assumed) [1950]

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Film Collection [193-]-[1950]
BoxFolder
21 People preparing for arrival of King & Queen in Winnipeg May 1939

black & white film reel

2 King & Queen's arrival in Winnipeg and people on parade route May 1939

colour film reel

3 Student track meet at former Osborne street stadium in Winnipeg [193-?]

black & white film reel

4 Student track meet at unidentified community field or school property [193-?]

black & white film reel

5 School ceremony (with cadets?) and student track meet at former Osborne street stadium [193-?]

colour film reel

6 Duplicate of King & Queen's arrival in Winnipeg May 1939

colour film reel

7 Empty film box with notes; contact for R. A. Storch at Cecil Rhodes School [193-?]
8 Empty film box with R. A. Storch's address and postage stamp 1955 (stamp)
9 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "3" [1950]
10 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "4" [1950]
11 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "7" [1950]
12 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "8" [1950]
13 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "9" [1950]
14 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "10" [1950]
15 Negatives for flood photographs - metal canister marked "11" [1950]
16 Negatives for flood photographs - uncased roll of film [1950]

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