Peter G. Rattray Collection

Call Number: Mss 302, Pc 253, Mc 26 (A. 09-03)

Title: Peter G. Rattray Collection.

Dates: 1893-2003.

Extent: 0.1 m of textual records.  -- 100 photographs. -- 6 maps.

Biographical sketch: Peter George Rattray was born in Winnipeg in 1928.  Following his grandfather, Alexander B. Rattray, Peter Rattray’s career also focused on property management and real estate in Winnipeg.  Later in life, Peter Rattray was the president of the C.H. Enderton and Company Limited in the last twenty years of its existence.  Peter Rattray passed away in June 2004.

Born in 1861 in Lafeyette, Indiana, Charles Henry Enderton went on to graduate with a law degree from De Pauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  In 1890, Enderton moved to Winnipeg and worked to bring The Real Estate Exchange (later The Real Estate Board) into being.  With equal effort, he founded C.H. Enderton and Company Limited.  Early in the twentieth century C.H. Enderton and Company Limited was a successful real estate brokerage located on Portage Avenue that dealt mostly with property in downtown Winnipeg and was a land agent for the Manitoba and North West Land Corporation.  It was also renowned for its development of lots 900 and a portion of 910 into the Crescentwood area in Winnipeg.  This area became the exclusive residence for the city’s elite and wealthy.  As a testament to his success, Charles Enderton was reported to have been worth 1.2 million dollars at his death in 1920.

Custodial history: The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections acquired the Peter G. Rattray Collection in 2009 from his wife, Shirley Rattray.

Scope and content: The Peter G. Rattray Collection contains real estate records and maps used by the Manitoba and North West Land Corporation, C.H. Enderton and Company Limited, and Fairbanks-Rattray Limited from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The Collection also contains many photographs detailing the growth of Winnipeg’s downtown, especially Portage Avenue, Main Street and the Exchange District from the 1920s into the 1930s.  Also included are printed postcards depicting the Winnipeg General Strike and photographs of notable downtown buildings destroyed by fire.  This addition compliments the Winnipeg history materials currently at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Associated materials: The Archives of Manitoba retains original L.B. Foote photographs of Winnipeg buildings.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: An on-line finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 302, PC 253, MC 26 (A.09-03).

We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Archival Fund in the creation of this finding aid.