Nan Shipley:

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

Inventory prepared by Vladimira Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2006)

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2006)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Nan Shipley

Title:
Nan Shipley fonds

Dates:
1979-1990

Quantity:
36 cm of textual material

Identification:
Mss 21 (A.05-82)

English

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Biography of Nan Shipley

Nancy Evelyn Shipley (nee Somerville) was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 6, 1902. In 1920’s she moved to Winnipeg and married George Shipley. Nan Shipley published fourteen books and numerous short stories and articles. Her first book Anna and the Indians (1955) had been reprinted many times. Among her better known publications are Frances and the Crees (1957); The Railway Builders (1965); The James Evan Story (1966); and Churchill: Canada’s Northern Gateway (1974). As a big supporter of Aboriginal and Metis culture, she organized Manitoba’s first Indian handicrafts sales centre (1959) and focused her writing on Indian and Metis women. In 1965 Shipley was elected Woman of the Year by the Women’s Advertising and Sales Club of Winnipeg. She also hosted weekly television program (1974-75) at CKND Winnipeg. Nan Shipley passed away on January 23, 1990.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The accession (A.05-82) consists of Nan Shipley’s unpublished autobiography Most of it was fun; unpublished manuscript Women of Fort Albany, correspondence, and numerous short stories and articles.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into eight series:

  • 1. Correspondence
  • 2. Autobiography
  • 3. Articles
  • 4. Short Stories Collection
  • 5. Women of Fort Albany,
  • 6. Andrew Taylor
  • 7. Kerby Brothers
  • 8. Louise Marshall's Autobiography

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Judith I. Leyshon in 2005.

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Other Finding Aids

Mss 21, PC 21 (A.79-14)

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, [ 1979-90 ]
BoxFolder
11 University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, 1979-80

Correspondence re: Accession (A.79-14)

2 Correspondence - General, 1979-1990

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Autobiography, 1981-1985
BoxFolder
13 Auto-bio, 1982
  • 25 pages - autobiography intended for family members only
  • Most of it was fun (unpublished manuscript) - autobiography; excerpts, notes
4 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1985

pages 1-100

5 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1985

pages 101-276

6 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, ca 1981

pages 1-99 (1st draft)

7 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, ca 1981

includes copy of Dr. Orok's letter to N. Shipley from March 28, 1955

pages 100-201, 214-216, 263-264 (1st draft)

8 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1981

pages 1-81 (2nd draft)

9 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1981

pages 82 -228 (2nd draft)

BoxFolder
21 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1981

Chapter 12

2 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1982

pages 1-92 (Chapter 1-10)

3 Most of it was fun - autobiography by Nan Shipley, 1982

pages 93-119

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Articles
BoxFolder
24

  • Bride's gift
  • My mother's evil eye
  • How I came to write "The Governor's Girls"
  • Ice-Pan
  • Feminine finale
  • South Main
  • Writer responsibility
  • Chores after four
  • Christmas caller
  • Admission 25 cents
  • Jetto and his family
  • Summer storm
  • Bulldozer blitz
  • Sleeping prairie
  • Trip to Thompson
  • How the Mounties crossed the Red
  • My sister, Iris Allan
  • Tell me a story

5

  • Poles apart
  • Local talent
  • Most costly crime
  • Unbelievable age of evolution
  • Invisible place
  • Four crosses
  • Taboo! (incomplete, p.1-14)
  • Paddy and Punch
  • Riding the rails
  • Manitobans build Russian railroad by E.J. Casey (as told to Nan Shipley)

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Short Stories Collection
BoxFolder
26

  • Queen's Bouquet
  • Peace Roses
  • Proud Sword
  • Acceptance
  • Wings of the Wind
  • By the Trail-Marker
  • Bus-Fare for Janey

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Women of Fort Albany, 1989-1990
BoxFolder
31 Women of Fort Albany, Sample sheets for editor (Chapter 1), [ 1989 ]
2 Women of Fort Albany, [ 1989 ]

Chapter 2 -25

3 Women of Fort Albany, 1990

rewritten January 1990

4 Women of Fort Albany

excerpts, notes, corrections

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Andrew Taylor, 1989
BoxFolder
35

  • Nan Shirley's correspondence to publishers, March 9 - September 15, 1989
  • Commander of Tarabin by N. Shipley
  • Poles apart by N. Shipley
  • Andrew Taylor's correspondence (biography)
  • Arctic Blue Books: British Parliamentary Papers on Exploration in the Canadian North (reprinted from Arctic Bibliography vo. VIII) by A. Taylor

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Kerby Brothers, 1990
BoxFolder
36

  • Nan Shirley's correspondence to publishers, October 28, 1987 - January 15, 1990
  • Judy Leyshon's correspondence to publishers, April 29 - July 2, 1990
  • William Kerby's War by N. Shipley
  • Introduction by N. Shipley
  • Kerby Brothers by N. Shipley
  • Blood-Stained Red Sash by N. Shipley
  • Kerby Brothers of 1812 by N. Shipley
  • How the West Was Saved by N. Shipley
  • Kerby Brothers in 1812 by N. Shipley
  • Three Brothers Go to War - article by N. Shipley in Military History journal, August 1990.

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Louise Marshall's Autobiography
BoxFolder
37 Thank God for Lemonade, January 1987

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