A Guide to the Study of Manitoba Local History

Gerald Friesen (Author), Barry Potyondi (Author)


Local history buffs, students, teachers, and armchair historians will find a wealth of information and practical advice in this guide to the study of local history. The authors explore some of the most fruitful areas of research in such themes as the environment, population, transportation and communication, agriculture, politics, social and family life. In five appendices they provide more detailed information for the determined researcher. Specific advice is given on compiling a community archive or data base, and on publishing a local history. An extensive bibliography and a guide to local archives complete the book.

About the Authors

Gerald Friesen taught Canadian history at the University of Manitoba from 1970–2011. He has written several books, including The Canadian Prairies: A History and Citizens and Nation, and is co-author of Immigrants in Prairie Cities. Former president of the Canadian Historical Association, he was an advisor on CBC-Radio Canada’s television series Canada: A People’s History. He lives in Winnipeg.

Barry Potyondi is Director of Research, Great Plains Research Consultants

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Environment
3. Population Studies
4. Transportation and Communications
5. Agriculture
6. Business
7. Federal and Provincial Politics
8. Local Government
9. Social Studies
10. Education
11. Religion
12. Other Professions: Law, Medicine, and Social Services
13. Special Themes in Manitoba Historical Studies
14. Writing a Book on Local History in Manitoba

1. An Introduction to the Study of Land and Settlement Records
2. Agricultural Capability Ratings
3. Land Records as Source of Historical Information
4. Manitoba Directories
5. Selected Archives, Libraries, and Information Services