Title: Bernard M. Rasch fonds.
Extent: 0.48 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Ontario architect Bernard M. Rasch obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba's School of Architecture. Following graduation, he relocated to the Toronto area and, since 1973, has been a partner in several firms. He most recently retired from Area Architects Rasch Eckler Associates Ltd. His career highlights include receiving the Canadian Architect Design Award in 1976, his first overseas work on a shopping centre in China in 1983, holding the position of the President of the Ontario Association of Architects in both 1983 and 2000, as well as publishing in many design journals, both Canadian and American. His firm, Area Architects Rasch Eckler Associates Ltd., received the City of Toronto Business Recognition Award in 1999. He has also been a long time donor to The Winnipeg Foundation. Throughout his life, Rasch collected books and other materials on UFO sightings, paranormal phenomena, and occult societies.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated by Bernard M. Rasch to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2004. 502 books pertaining to paranormal activity were also donated at this time. These books have been separated from the textual records and will be incorporated into the rare book collection.
Scope and content: The fonds contains various newsletters, pamphlets, and publications on UFOs, occult societies, psychics, and natural healers. It also contains Rasch's scrapbook of the Monarchy, as well as Margaret Hamilton's newspaper articles about her father, well known paranormal investigator, Dr. T.G. Hamilton.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
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