William O. Pruitt, Jr. fonds
Call Number: Mss 326,  Pc 281, Tc 155, Mf 32, El 25, Mc 34 (A.10-03, A.10-93, A.10-112)

Title: William O. Pruitt, Jr. fonds.

Dates: 1911-2009.

Extent: 21.35 m of textual records and other material.

Biographical sketch: William O. Pruitt, Jr .was born in Easton, Maryland on September 1, 1922. He served with the U.S. Army Medical Corp during World War II. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1947. The following year he completed an M.A. followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1952.  After teaching at the University of Alaska, University of Oklahoma, and Memorial University, Dr. Pruitt joined the 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 endeavor came from his own pocket.  He published extensively over a fifty year period (1951-2001). Dr. Pruitt received several awards and honors including the Government of Canada Northern Science Award Centenary Medal in 1989 and the Vilhjalmur Stenfansson Award by the University of Manitoba Northern Studies Committee the same year. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Alaska in 1993 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree 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.
Custodial history: The fonds was originally donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Pruitt family in 2010.

Scope and content: The original accrual (A.10-03) is divided into 13 series: They include biographical information and awards, field trip diaries, articles, conference papers and reports, conferences, Taiga Biological Station, TBS small mammal plots, organizations, student notes, Memorial University, University of Manitoba, teaching material, correspondence, and research material.  The second accrual (A.10-93) consists of 8 series. They include articles, manuscripts, book reviews, and reports; Pruitt’s student notes and dissertation; Taiga Biological Station; correspondence; organizations; class projects; research material; and photograph collection.  The third accrual (A.10-112) consists of 11 series. They include articles, book reviews and reports, organizations, Taiga Biological Station, correspondence, research material, mould damaged journals, photo collection, tape collection, microfilm collection, electronic records, and map collection.

In total, the photograph collection consists of 11,866 slides, 1060 photographs, 880 negatives, 7 video cassettes, 25 film reels, 21 35 mm colour reels, and 11 commercial films.  The tape collection consists of 8 audio-cassettes and 12 compact discs.  The microfilm collection consists of 2 microfilm reels.  The electronic records collection consists of 151 computer diskettes.  The map collection consists of 37 maps.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: Additional accruals are expected.

Finding aid: On-line finding aids are available at the links below:

MSS 326 (A.10-03) 

MSS 326, PC 281 (A.10-93) 

MSS 326, PC 281, TC 155, MF 32, EL 25, MC 34 (A.10-112).