Fonds 19 - Barbara J. Wilkes fonds

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Barbara J. Wilkes fonds

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  • 1903 - 1992 (Creation)
    Wilkes, Barbara J.

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12.5 cm Textual Records. – 24 black and white photographs. – 2 plans.

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Barbara J. Wilkes worked for the Sovereign Life Assurance Company of Canada in Calgary. The company was incorporated by a special Act of the Parliament of Canada in 1902 and commenced business out of Toronto in 1903. The head office was moved to Winnipeg in February of 1912. Prominent local businessman W. Sanford Evans served as president from 1933 until 1948. In 1957, the company moved into a new purpose-designed head office building on the corner of Smith and Broadway in Winnipeg (287 Broadway). By 1970, the head office was no longer in Winnipeg and the building on Broadway had been sold.

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The records were given to the City of Winnipeg Archives in 2006 by Barbara J. Wilkes. The records were kept for research purposes by Ms. Wilkes and were released to her custody when the company was liquidated circa the 1990’s.

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The fonds consists of a small sample of records typically created and administered by an insurance company in the early years of the twentieth century. Of note are copies of the architectural plans for the company’s head office in Winnipeg, and a guest book from the November 1, 1957 Open House, complete with photographs of the facility, equipment and staff.

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There are no restrictions on access to these records. Researchers are responsible for observing Canadian copyright regulations.

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File list available in Research Room.

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No further accruals are expected.

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• Title based on provenance.

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• Accession number: 2006/A006.

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• Instrument of Gift: May 5, 2005.

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