About This Site


The purpose of this site is to improve access to materials relating to the Northwest Resistance of 1885 held by the Special Collections Department of the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and the University of Saskatchewan Archives. It contains a searchable database of bibliographic records. A number of the items have been digitized (such as photographs) and transcriptions of others are available as HTML documents. These images and texts are appended to the appropriate records in the database.

The majority of the material held by the University relating to the Resistance comes from the following collections:

The Adam Shortt Library of Canadiana:
The core of this collection was purchased by the University from Adam Shortt, noted academic and civil servant, in 1918. Until his death in 1931, Dr. Shortt continued to donate additional material, notably Sandford Fleming's personal library. Considerable material was also collected by historians A.S. Morton and Edmund Oliver. The collection includes material on the history of Western Canada, Arctic exploration, and native peoples. Particular emphasis is on prairie Canada. The collection is strong in early editions on exploration and travel in the Arctic and the Prairies, the fur trade, and the railways in the West. Early and rare Canadiana also forms part of the collection. Recent collecting has focused on social history, especially labour and women's history, and native studies. The collection is composed of approximately 20,000 volumes.

Canadiana Pamphlet Collection:
This collection of approximately 10,000 items includes material relating to Canadian political parties, labour, women, native peoples, and general Canadiana. Not limited to pamphleture, the collection includes posters, illustrations, and other ephemera.

Morton Manuscript Collection:
This manuscript collection was largely compiled by Arthur Silver Morton, a professor of history and the first librarian at the University. Composed of original manuscripts, transcripts, and photographs, the strength of the collection is early Western Canadian and Saskatchewan history.

Jean E. Murray Fonds (University Archives MG 61):
The personal papers of a history professor, the fonds includes a number of original items relating to the resistance..

All University Archives and Special Collections materials must be used in the reading room. It is located at:
Room 301
Murray Building (Main Library)
3 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5A4

Hours of Operation:
8:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00 to 4:30pm. Monday to Friday (except when the Unviversity is closed).

Enquiries can be directed to:

Telephone: (306) 966-6027
Fax: (306) 966-6040 [Attn: Special Collections]
E-mail: Special Collections


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