William O. Pruitt:

An Inventory of his papersat the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(2011)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2011)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
William O Pruitt

Title:
William O. Pruitt fonds

Dates:
1945-2009

Quantity:
The fonds consists of 4.4 m. of textual & other material. It includes 2723 slides, 1059 photos, 880 negatives, 7 video cassettes, 25 film reels, 21 35mm. colour reels, 11 commericial film reels, 12 CDS, 8 audio tapes, 151 computer discs, 2 microfilm reels & 37 maps

Identification:
MSS 326 PC 281 TC 155 Mf 32 EL 25 MC 34 A.10-112

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Biography of William O. Pruitt Jr.

William O. Pruitt Jr.was born in Easton, Maryland on September 1, 1922. He served with US Army Medical Corp during World War II. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. The following year he completed an M.A. followed by PHD. from the University of Michigan in 1952After teaching at the University of Alaska, University of Oklahoma, and Memorial University, Dr. Pruitt joined University of Manitoba in 1969 and retired in 1996. He remained a Senior Scholar following his retirement. In 1973 Pruitt launched the Taiga Biological Station a research outpost in the boreal forest often the funding for this endeavour came from his own pocket. He published extensively over a fifty year period (1951-2001). Dr. Pruitt received several awards & honors including the Government of Canada Northern Science Award Centenary Medal in 1989 and Vilhjalmur Stenfansson Award by the University of Manitoba Northern Studies Committee the same year. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alaska in 1993 and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Memorial University in 2001. Dr. Pruitt died on December 7, 2009. * For a more detailed biographical sketch consult his obituary published on December 19, 2009 in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds are divided into 11 series. They include: Articles, book reviews & reports, Organizations, Taiga Biological Station, Correspondence, Research Material, Mould Damaged Journals, Photo Collection (PC 281), Tape Collection (TC 155), Microfilm Collection (Mf. 32), Electronic Records (EL 25) & Maps (MC 34).

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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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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by the Pruitt family in 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

ARTICLES, BOOK REVIEWS & REPORTS [ 1954-1970 ]

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11 Colorado Phenacomys & Pikas a paper delivered at the American Society of Mammologists meeting in Colorado 1954
2 On the Relative Efficiency of Two Kinds of Traps draft paper 1956
3 High Altitude Weasels draft 1957
4 Winter Red Squirrel Activity draft 1957
5 Life Goes On article drafts 1958-1961
6 Snow Bunny draft 1958-1959
7 Ghost of the North draft 1958-1962
8 Tundra Deity draft 1959
9 Book review of Arctic Wild by Lois Crisler 1959
10 Review of Symposium on Censusing Terrestrial Vertebrate Faunal Resource - USSR 1961
11 Arctic Trail article correspondence 1962-1963
12 First All-Union Symposium of Mammals - Moscow State University 1962
13 Arctic Magazine correspondence 1962
14 Review Animals 1963
15 Take 30 scripts for Revolution plus 50 CBC 1969
16 Habitats of Mammals draft ca.1970
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21 Ecological Distribution of the Meadow Vole on the Main Island of Newfoundland - Canadian Field Naturalist 1972
2 Articles about Pruitt in Finnish Magazines 1976-1988
3 Reindeer Snow research 1977-1979
4 Article about Pruitt in MacLean's 1980
5 Articles about Pruitt 1984-2000
6 The Snow Man in En Route 1984
7 Return from the Ashes in Branta the Fort Whyte newsletter 1987
8 Forest Futures in Manitoba - workshop lecture 1989
9 The Northern Environmental Imperative- Conference paper Thunder Bay 1989
10 Pruitt radio talks ca.1990
11 Dr. Snow article about Pruitt in Up Here 2002
12 The Wild Reindeer Workings Groups Meeting of World Wildlife Fund in Finland 1983
13 Environment paper 1995
14 Comments & Critique of " Sustainable Development Act" submitted to Manitoba Environmental Council 1996
15 Habitat Loss in North America draft 1996
16 Report on Wildlife A Manitoba NDP Environmental Task Force Report 1989

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ORGANIZATIONS 2002-2003
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217 The Explorer's Club 2002-2003

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TAIGA BIOLOGICAL STATION 1969-2006
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31 Kevin Campbell's Analysis of the Fort Whyte, Manitoba small mammal population 1969-1989
2 TBS small mammal plots 1977
3 TBS small mammal plots 1977-1999
4 Jim Johnson's field catalogue excerpt - TBS plot trapping 1980-1981
5 Taiga material 1981-2003
6 TBS correspondence 1985-2003
7 Mitch Campbell's field notes TBS Beaver, Summer 1985
8 Effects of Trap type & sex on trapping small mammals 1993
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41 Mammals by species, plot & year 1992
2 TBS small mammal plots 1999
3 TBS small plots 1998-1999
4 Taiga News newsletter 2000-2006
5 TBS small mammal plot trapping 2001-2002
6 TBS mammal plots species richness 1977-2002
7 TBS small mammal study manuscript ca.2002
8 Small mammal charts 1976-2006
9 Small mammal plots 2006

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CORRESPONDENCE 1951-2008
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51 Publisher's correspondence 1951-1956
2 Correspondence 1959-1960
3 Caribou Year article correspondence 1959-1961
4 Defenders of Wildlife correspondence 1961-1965
5 Correspondence 1964-1997
6 Russian correspondence & greeting cards 1965-1984
7 Correspondence 1969-1994
8 Correspondence 1980-1981
9 Correspondence 1981
10 Oakenwald School student thank you notes 1982
11 Pathfinder Press correspondence 1985
12 Canadian Wildlife Sevice correspondence 1957-1958
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61 Peter Armitage correspondence 1989-1990
2 Correspondence 1989-1990
3 Elk noises on Snow Shoal lake 1989
4 Correspondence 1989-2003
5 Dr. E.A. Shvarts 1992
6 Correspondence 1993-1997
7 Correspondence 1994-2005
8 Correspondence 1995
9 Correspondence 2001
10 Silva Ecosystems Consultants 2001
11 Dr. David Henry correspondence 2001
12 Glenn Sanecki correspondence 2003-2004
13 Academy for the Love of Learning 2005-2006
14 Correspondence 2006-2008
15 Northern Science Award 1989

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RESEARCH MATERIAL 1959-2009
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71 Pellet sites in Ogotoruk Valley 1959
2 Project Chariot - Phase III support plan 1960-1961
3 Prairie Living Museum plant families 1971
4 Import requisition papers 1980-1987
5 Classical Glacial - Inter Glacial Sequences in North America & Europe ca.1980
6 The Boreal Forest in Winnipeg Free Press 1980
7 Bulletin the Manitoba Naturalist Society newsletter 1980-1987
8 Newspaper articles 1982-2005
9 API station data 1982-1988
10 Pro-Naturalist articles 1983-2005
11 Snow Caribou Data - Kuhno 1983-1984
12 Snow data 1985-1988
13 "Where Did Odysseus Go? " Ideas broadcast C.B.C radio 1984
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81 James Schaefer's field note book 1986
2 Five-Year report to the Legislature on Wildlife - Manitoba Natural Resources 1987
3 USSR exchange scheme 1989-1990
4 Input to the National Council report on Science & Technology 1987
5 Manitoba NDP task force on the Environment - Report on Water by Dr. Eva Pip 1989
6 Announcement of Pruitt's Northern Science Award 1989
7 Task Force on Environment 1989
8 Wildlife Committee meeting minutes 1989-1990
9 Environmental Impact Assessment of Abitibi Price Inc. - preliminary findings 1990
10 Caribou Commons mailing list ca.1990
11 Wildlife Working Group newsletter 1987
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91 Innu Nation Research Material 1990-1992
2 API station data 1990
3 Andrew Taylor 1991-1993
4 API station data 1991
5 Innu Nation Research Material 1992-1998
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101 API station data 1992
2 Quebec Snow Bibliography ca.1993
3 Northline Newsletter 1993
4 Federal Environmental Assessment Review of Proposal BHP - Diamat Inc. 1995
5 API station data 1994
6 Woodland Caribou in Ontario - W.R. Darby et al. 1995
7 Voisey's Bay 1996 Environmental Baseline Technical Data Report 1996
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111 Voisey's Bay Mine/Mill Project Environmental Impact Statement volumes 1-4 1997
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121 Pine Falls Paper Company - Environmental Impact Study 1998
2 Round Table for Sustainable Development 2000-2001
3 East Side Lake Winnipeg Round Table 2001-2003
4 Silva Ecosystems Consultants 2001-2002
5 Woodlake Environmental Field Station 2002
6 Science Findings newsletter 2005-2009
7 Charles Montgomery Globe & Mail article on Global Warming 2006
8 Speculations on Some Probable Effects of Climate Warning on the Continental Taiga of Canada 2007
9 Rocky Mountain Biological Labratory 2006 Handbook 2006
10 Andrew Taylor fund committee 2007
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12A1 Research recipe cards 1955-1995

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MOULD DAMAGED JOURNALS ca. 1970
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131 2 journals, 1 binder & 1 file foulder - most material successfully photocopied ca.1970
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141 5 journals & 1 folder ca.1970
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151 6 journals ca.1970

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PHOTO COLLECTION 1953-2008
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11 Course material 300 slides 1970-1990
2 Course material 300 slides 1970-1990
3 Course material 175 slides 1970-1990
4 USSR 160 slides 1968
5 Finland 100 slides 1976-1989
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21 TBS 237 slides 1976-1992
2 TBS 280 slides 1976-1992
3 Winnipeg & Manitoba 137 slides 1970-1994
4 Alberta & Saskatchewan 37 slides 1958-1996
5 Ontario, Quebec & Greenland 20 slides 1956-1989
6 Oklahoma & Colorado 19 slides 1962-1964
7 United Kingdom 32 slides 1972-1977
8 Newfoundland 20 slides 1966-1969
9 Sweden & Norway 40 slides 1968-1977
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31 Alaska 160 slides 1953-1963
2 Alaska 300 slides 1954-1963
3 Alaska 86 slides 1954-1993
4 Devon Island & Northwest Territories 39 slides 1958-1970
5 Yukon & NWT. 33 slides 1958-1985
6 Miscellaneous 39 slides 1963-1989
7 Miscellaneous 33 slides 1973
8 Wolf slides from Nancy Alexander 9 slides 1988
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41 Alaska - 43 glass slides 1956-1957
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51 Alaska - 210 2.25 x 2.25 neg. slides & 15 3 x 4 neg. slides 1954-1956
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11 Videocassettes: 1. Arc/Ark Karen Hoeburg 1998. 2.Pelagic Marine Fish, 3-4 First Flights 5 Zoology lecture by Stewart 1973. 6. Zoology lecture by Lindsey 1973 7. unidentified 1973-1998
1 Vario Snow Index paper 16 photos & 21 negs. 1977
2 Photos of snow station sites 1-20 vario subarctic research station, Finland - 24 photos 1977
3 14 Russian postcards & 1 photo 1968
4 TBS winter- 36 photos ca.1980
5 TBS - 25 photos ca. 1978
6 TBS in winter- 29 photos & 7 negs. 1974
7 Subnivean CO2 sampling - 4 photos 1972
8 TBS annual report - 19 photos & 28 negs. 1978
9 Wallace Lake waste & cutting - 8 photos & 4 negatives 1975
10 TBS - 27 photos & 2 negatives 1974-1976
11 TBS annual report - 5 photos & 4 negatives 1985
12 TBS - 10 photos & 6 negatives 1978
13 TBS - 24 photos & 32 negatives 1975-1980
14 TBS study plot - 8 photos 1974
15 TBS annual report - 17 photos & 33 negatives 1983
16 Caribou meetings in Finland - 4 photos 1984
17 TBS - 10 photos 1996
18 Early Wallace Lake 35 photos & 52 negatives [1930-1960]
19 Early Wallace Lake 1932-1965
20 Class field trip Newfoundland - 22 photos 1966
21 Nature Canada article - 10 photos 1975
22 Pruitt photo used in Rick Riewe aticle - 1 photo & 6 negs 1993
23 Wildnerness - 38 photos 1934-1968
24 Humpback whale carcass Newfoundland - 20 photos 1966
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21 African mammal photos found at Memorial University - 9 photos 9 glass negs ca.1920
2 Dolphin photos from North Carolina - 14 photos 1967
3 Muskox femur photos - Devon Island - 5 photos, 13 negatives ca.1970
4 Pruitt's Campbell Outreach Award at Convocation - 6 photos 1988
5 Pruitt portraits - 6 photos, 5 negatives 2003
6 Caribou Symposium - 5 photos, 17 negatives 1991
7 Kamik branch against sky for snow ecology talk - 2 photos, 3 negs ca.1990
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38 Berry caribou sketches for Pruitt stationary - 7 sketches, 3 negs. 1984
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29 Wildlife - 33 photos 1968-1980
10 Newfoundland - 6 photos 1966-1968
11 Wildlife - 26 photos 1956-1996
12 Wildlife - 18 photos 1970-1999
13 TBS - 9 photos 1973-1990
14 Newfoundland - 57 photos, 32 negs. 1965-1983
15 TBS class - 34 photos ca.1975
16 Finland snow transects - 44 photos, 32 negatives 1983-1984
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31 Save the Arctic Refuge - 8 photos ca.1995
2 Russian postcards -17 photos 1968
3 TBS - 8 photos 1973
3A Alaska - 23 photos 1955-1961
4 Richardson ground squirrel carcass -20 photos, 21 negs 1985
5 NRC book chapter - 14 photos & 23 negs 1979
6 Bear weapons - pot & pan - 7 photos, 8 negatives ca. 1980
7 Subarctic Spruce - 4 photos & 13 8x 10 negs. 1954-1956
8 Russian wilderness & wildlife - 60 photos ca.1965
9 Finland vario snow stations - 23 photos & 24 negs. ca.1980
10 Russia - 6 photos 1968
11 Kuusi TBS dog - 9 photos 1995-2001
12 Pruitt & family - 1 proof sheet (12) & 28 photos 1960-1992
13 Large wildlife - 5 photos 1968-1973
14 TBS - 5 photos ca.1973
15 Miscellaneous - 27 photos 1945-1975
16 Aerial photos - 6 photos, 2 negs 1969-1979
17 Small mammals Newfoundland - 8 photos, 2 negs 4x5 1972
18 Grain form snow density - 4 photos, 2 negs, 1970
19 20 Boreal Ecology figures & photos 1969
20 Small Mammal Footprints 1979
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41 Framed material 6 documents & 25 photos 1960-2003
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11 Large wilderness negative - 1 8x10 ca.1960
2 Lantern slides - 3 negatives 1954
3 Wildlife negatives - 1 5x5 neg, 13 5x4 negs. ca.1970
4 Vegetation 6 5x7 negs ca.1970
5 University of Alaska 44 4x5 negs. ca.1960
6 Black footed ferret - 11 negs ca.1975
7 Pruitt with toboggan North Sask - 2 negs 1957-1958
8 How animals survive winter in North America- 6 negs ca.1975
9 Devon Island - 10 negs ca.1970
10 Miscellaneous - 135 negatives ca.1935
11 Berry drawings Taiga profile & dog team - 5 negs. ca.1975
12 Caribou tracks - 6 negs ca.1970
13 Snowmobile effects on API station - 3 negs ca.1985
14 Otter Falls NWT - 3 negs ca.1960
15 Darby's Woodland Caribou book - 2 negs. ca.1980
16 Unidentified 164 negs 1984-1986
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21 Alaska -128 negatives 1954-1955
2 Winnipeg Art Gallery - 12 4x5 negatives 1994
3 Acthrionomys in Pukak - 5 negs. ca.1960
4 Kumak trail - 5 negatives ca.1960
5 Arctic Hare report - 9 negs. 1969
6 Black spruce bog - 1 neg 1985
7 Arboreal lichens - 1 neg. 1985
8 Unidentified neg ca.1985
9 wilderness - 2 4 X 5 negs. 1983
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11 4 reel to reel films out takes for the NFB film Caribou Year 1970
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21 4 reel to reel films nos 1-4 of Caribou Year 1970
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31 4 reel to reel films nos.5-7 Caribou Year & Boreal Ecology Production 9 1970
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41 5 reel to reel films - 1 out take from Caribou Year 4 unidentified 1970
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51 4 large reel to reel films Boreal Ecology 1970
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61 4 large reel to reel films Boreal Ecology 1970
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71 Alaska - 15 colour 35mm. reels 1954-1960
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81 Alaska - 11 colour 35 mm reels 1954-1960
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91 9 Commericial film reels Ruusia grade 5 geography class [1950-1960]
2 Live the World W Live In reel IX the desert reel X the Arctic Tundra 1954
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11 CD 1. 11 colour slides of Pukak, Quali & Kamik 2. Cycle 2 practice closed 3. Manitoba map TBS ca.1975
2 East Side Lake Winipeg Planning Initiative Maps 2004
3 Pruitt 51 illustrations for Taiga Station Book ca.1990
4 Pruitt photos 2 CDS 2002
5 Landtype Associations of the Northern Region 1997
6 The Red River Flood of 1997 1997
7 Fish & dog photos 1999-2000
8 Rick's lecture & thesis power point 2CDs 2003
9 Winter 43 shots 2003

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TAPE COLLECTION TC 155 1986
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11 1. Red squirrel recordings, 2. Valerius Geist Wolinsky Workshop 1986, 3.TBS significance of frog voices 4-8 stenorette magazines 1986

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MICROFILM COLLECTION MF 32 1974
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11 1.W.R. Taylor PHD. Noturus Catfishes 1974 2. Archibald O'neill "the Energetics of Shallow Snowpacks" PHD thesis U.of Saskatchewan 1974

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ELECTRONIC RECORDS 1988-1996
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11 Mitchell Campbell's Caribou Research Churchill - 15 5.25 inch discs 1988-1996
2 Michigan Morphometrics Workshop - 9 5.25 inch discs ca. 1985
3 Seal River Project - 2 5.25 inch discs ca. 1985
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21 Caribou Common Project - 22 3.25 discs 1995
2 Animal Protocol forms - 27 3.25 discs 1994-1997
3 Rivermap - 15 3.25 discs ca.1990
4 Windows on Russia - 6 3.25 discs ca. 1990
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55 Fish Course- 12 3.25 discs 1991-1994
6 Miscellaneous -43 3.25 discs [1985-2000]

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MAPS (MC 34) 1911-2000
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11. 3 TBS animal tracks maps 1977-1978 2. 12 Canadian Climate maps 1967 3. 5 Manitoba/Ontario maps ca.1980 4. Boreal Ecology Lab exercises 1972 5. 4 Manitoba Pool Elevator maps ca. 2000 6. 5 Maps of Alaska 1911-1967 7. 3 Arctic Maps 1954-1960 8. 2 Maps of Colorado 9. 2 Maps of Pembina Valley in Manitoba 1911-2000

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