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David Turnbull fonds

David Turnbull fonds

Call Number: Mss 186, Pc 178 (A.04-15, A.04-116)

Title: David Turnbull fonds.

Dates: 1904-1995, predominant 1928-1931.

Extent: 0.4 m of textual records and other material.

Biographical sketch: David McIntosh Turnbull was born in Winnipeg in 1906. He was the son of Janet (McIntosh) and William Turnbull, a graduate of the school of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1904. David attended the University of Manitoba from 1924 to 1928 where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. In his final year, he was the Senior Stick for the Faculty of Arts and was awarded the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford. At Oxford, he obtained a Bachelor and Masters of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1931. During his time at Oxford University he was accepted as a member of the University Ice Hockey Team in 1928 and played for the team at the Spengler Cup in 1928 and 1929.
Turnbull returned to Winnipeg, but soon relocated to Toronto, in 1932, where prospects were believed to be better. That year, he joined Manufacturers Life, but two years later he was hired by the firm Woods, Gordon and Co. as a time-study man. Employed within the firm’s work measurement services department, Turnbull was primarily concerned with time and motion, marketing, supervisory training, and organizational studies. In 1952, he opened the firm’s Montreal office where he was to remain in charge for the next twelve years. Upon his mandatory retirement as a partner in 1964, he moved to the Toronto office to assist the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine in its expansion project. He fully retired in 1972 to pursue his own interests until his death on December 26th, 1995.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Ian Turnbull in two accessions in 2004 (A.04-15, A.04-116).

Scope and content: This fonds deals primarily with David Turnbull’s experience as a Rhodes Scholar from 1928 to 1931.  The fonds consists of three series and a photograph collection. The series include correspondence, biographical material, and a scrapbook. The majority of the fonds consists of letters written by David Turnbull to his mother, which have been collected in the form of a journal. In addition, two photo albums consisting of 772 black and white photographs take up a large part of the collection. In addition to these photo albums, the photograph collection also includes 4 additional photographs, 1 negative, and a scrapbook. 

Source of supplied title: Title based on content of fonds.

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 186, PC 178 (A.04-15, A.04-116).