Suzanne Muir fonds
Call Number: Mss 196, Pc 184 (A.97-60)

Title: Suzanne Muir fonds.

Dates: 1920-1980.

Extent: 0.25 m of textual records. -- 11 photographs.

Biographical sketch: Suzanne Muir was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 26, 1891. She was the eldest daughter and the second of five children of Matthew McLeod Muir and Sarah Muir (nee Frayer). Suzanne and her widowed mother emigrated to Canada in 1921 or 1922. A sister, Emma Kathryn, emigrated at a later date. Sarah Muir died in Winnipeg in January 1930. Suzanne and her sister sold the family home on Lindsay Street in 1932 and moved into Fairmont Apartments at 52 Edmonton Street. The sisters both worked as legal secretaries. Suzanne and Kathryn Muir had become active in the Spiritualist Church following the death of their mother. In 1937, they met the Reverend William Robertson Wood, a United Church minister. For ten years, Reverend Wood and his wife sat weekly at the Muir sisters' apartment in a rescue circle. The purpose of a rescue circle was to release earth bound spirits to leave the mortal realm. Suzanne Muir was a bi-monthly lecturer at the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church/Winnipeg Psychic Society from 1962 to 1990. In 1997, Muir died at the age of 105.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Suzanne Muir's nephew, Matthew Muir, of Glasgow, Scotland in 1997. The material had been stored at the farm of his sister-in-law, Kathleen Forrester, in Emerson, Manitoba. The initial donation consisted of 240 books that have been distributed throughout the library. Any duplicates were given to the Survival Research Institute.

Scope and content: The fonds is divided into three series. A single article about Suzanne Muir, her sister and Reverend Wood comprises the biographical series. The second series contains lectures that Suzanne Muir gave at the Spiritualist Church that congregated at the International Odd Fellows Hall. The third series is comprised of newspaper clippings and published articles that Muir used for research purposes.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: An online finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 196, PC 184 (A.97-60).