Skapti Arason:

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

Inventory prepared by Brett Lougheed
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
(June 2006)

Finding aid encoded by Brett Lougheed (June 2006)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2

Creator:
Skapti Arason

Title:
Skapti Arason fonds

Dates:
ca. 1900

Quantity:
0.5 cm of textual records

Identification:
MSS SC 154 (A.96-43)

English

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Biography of Skapti Arason

Skapti Arason was born in Iceland in 1850 and in 1874 immigrated to Quebec, with 360 other Icelanders, on a ship operated by the Allen ship lines. After arriving in Quebec, Arason proceeded on to Toronto with the majority of the other Icelanders. In 1875, Arason was sent by the Canadian government to scout out settlement prospects in the new province of Manitoba. It is believed that Arason was one of the first Icelanders to visit Manitoba. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, Arason and three other Icelanders traveled up the Red River and onto the western shore of Lake Winnipeg before choosing to begin a settlement near present day Gimli. In 1881, due to repeated crop failure, Arason left the settlement on the Interlake and resettled on a homestead near what would become the town of Glenboro. Arason farmed in the Glenboro area until his death in 1903.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of a copy of a memoir by Skapti Arason, one of the first Icelandic settlers to Manitoba. The seven-page memoir tells of Skapti's immigration to Canada, his subsequent travels to Manitoba, the settling of the Icelandic community on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg and the founding of the town of Glenboro. It is believed that this memoir has been translated, as the Icelandic version of the same memoir can be found in the Icelandic Department of the University of Manitoba. It is not known who translated the memoir.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Herman Arason, Skapti Arason's grandson, in 1996.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Skapti Arason fonds, [ ca. 1900 ]
BoxFolder
11 Memoir, ca. 1900

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