William G. Leitch:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Wendy Prystenski
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba
(October 2014)

Finding aid encoded by Tyyne Petrowski (October 2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
William G. Leitch

Title:
William G. Leitch fonds

Dates:
1938-2008

Quantity:
0. 19 m textual records, 5 photographs

Identification:
MSS 433 (A13-31)

English

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Biography of William G. Leitch

William Graeme Leitch was born 28 September 1914 to Jim and Ethel Leitch of Winnipeg. William Leitch was a Boy Scout during his youth and in 1930 was a member of the team that won the Wallace Nesbitt Junior Championship First Aid Competition. He attended Wesley College prior to entering the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1938 with a B.Sc. degree in zoology and geology. On 27 November 1939 he married Inez Isabel Fines, and in 1947 they had one daughter, Janet.

In 1939, he enlisted in the RCAF as a pilot officer, Spending most of the war with the Easter Air Command in Canada’s maritime region. He retired in 1945 with the rank of squadron leader. Following the war, Leitch began graduate studies in wildlife management University of Toronto, then returned to Winnipeg to continue his studies at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1952 with a Master of Science degree in wildlife ecology.

Leitch first joined Ducks Unlimited in 1939 as a field biologist following graduation from the University of Manitoba. After the war, he re-joined the company and in 1951 was appointed Chief Biologist, a position he held for 26 years until his retirement in 1977. Leitch was also one of the founding members of the Winnipeg Skeet Club, serving as its president in 1966, and was the Manitoba Skeet Champion in 1963 and the 410 Gauge Champion in 1969. William Leitch passed away on 2 January 2009.

Leitch’s published works include: Ducks and Men: Forty Years of Co-operation in Conservation (1978), Fireside Waterfowler: Fundamentals of Duck and Goose Ecology (1987), and numerous technical and professional papers. Recognitions for his work included the Province of Manitoba’s Professional Wildlife Conservation Award and the establishment of the William G. Leitch Habitat Project in the Couteau Hills of Saskatchewan by Ducks Unlimited (Canada).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains publications, research, and documentation by William G. Leitch, as well as a small collection of Ducks Unlimited annual reports and magazines.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in 2 series: 1 -Writing and Documentation, containing the research, publications, and collected documents of William G. Leitch, and 2 - Ducks Unlimited Publications, comprised of the Ducks Unlimited annual reports and magazines contained in the fonds.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Custodial History

Materials donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Janet Beaton, daughter of William Leitch, in 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Writing and Documentation [ 1938-2008 ]
BoxFolder
11 Bound thesis - Ecology of Nesting Waterfowlin the Missouri Coteau of Southern Saskatchewan April 1952
2 U of M Bachelor of Science letter & negative copy of degree; Statement of M. S. thesis approval 1938; 1952
3 Photograph of W. G. Leitch [between 1950 and 1970]
4 Documents about Leitch; research materials 1946-2008
5 W. G. Leitch retirement celebration invitation 2002
6 "Ducks and Men" Ducks Unlimited history book - news and correspondence (4 photographs) 1978-1979
7 Project Jaeger documentation - wetland and prairie reclaimation 1997
8 Papers and Publications by W. G. Leitch (I) 1940-1986
9 Papers and Publications by W. G. Leitch (II) 1957-1991
10 Papers and Publications by W. G. Leitch (III) 1978-1995

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Ducks Unlimited Publications 1968-1979
BoxFolder
21 Preservation of Wetland Habitat 1974
2 Ducks and Men order form and Sterling Lyon's remarks 1979
3 Ducks Unlimited (Canada) Annual Report 1972
4 Ducks Unlimited (Canada) Annual Report 1974
5 Ducks Unlimited (Canada) Annual Report 1975
6 Ducks Unlimited (Canada) Annual Report 1976
7 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXI Number 2 1968
8 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXIII Number 3 1970
9 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXIII Number 4 1970
10 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXIV Number 2 1971
11 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXIV Number 3 1971
12 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXV Number 2 1972
13 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXV Number 3 1972
14 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXVI Number 2 1973
15 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXVI Number 3 1973
16 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXVI Number 5 1973
17 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXVII Number 1 1973
18 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXVIII Number 3 1974
19 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXVIII Number 6 1974
20 Wildlife Originals and Sporting Prints -Wild Wings Inc. 1975
21 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXIX Number 5 1975
22 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXX Number 3 1976
23 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XXXX Number 6 1976
24 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XLII Number 2 1978
24 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XLII Number 6 1978
25 Ducks Unlimited magazine, Volume XLIII Number 1 1979

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