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Waugh family fonds


Dates of Creation 




Physical Description 


63 cm of textual records including photographs
938 photographs: prints
8 scrapbooks including photographs
1 volume
1 poster
1 map
3 drawings


Scope and Content 


Fonds consists mainly of records created by Richard Deans Waugh, and three of his children, Richard Douglas Waugh, Alexander Logan Waugh and Margaret Esther Waugh Faessler. There are also records of Richard Douglas' grandchildren. Records include correspondence and speeches by Richard Deans Waugh, as well as scrapbooks and albums relating to Richard Deans Waugh, and his wife Harriet Lilly Waugh, their children. Records also document Richard Deans Waugh's career including his involvement in the Greater Winnipeg Water District Project and as a commissioner in the Saar Valley. Records also include letters written by Alex Waugh to his parents and siblings during the First World War, three notebooks, and items returned to his parents following his death, and correspondence and photographs by his father regarding the location and marking of Alex Waugh's grave.

Records also include scrapbook albums created by Douglas Waugh between 1916 and 1938 documenting his life, his marriage and family, his parents and siblings, the Robert Logan family and the Red River Settlement. These albums contain photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, and maps and notations by Douglas Waugh. Scrapbooks document the Waugh's homes, their family life, work, travels, and First World War Service. Also includes a scrapbook album created by Douglas Waugh about his brother Alex's life from childhood until his death in 1917. This scrapbook contains typed copies of most of Alex Waugh's letters, extracts from his diaries, his commission, maps, photographs and newspaper articles. Records also include a collection of photographs created by Douglas Waugh along with an accompanying index. Many of the prints relate to photographs used in Douglas Waugh's scrapbooks.

Fonds also includes records which document Margaret Waugh's nursing career and her service as a nurse in South Africa during the Second World War. These include a scrapbook compiled by her niece, Patricia Waugh (daugher of Heber Waugh), which contains correspondence, postcards and memorabilia. Records also include photographs, and airgraph letters sent by Margaret Waugh to her family from South Africa. The scrapbook and letters document Margaret Waugh's journey to South Africa, her experiences working in hospitals in Zonderwater, Kimberley and Cape Town, as well as her frienships and leisure activities.

Records also include family history correspondence and a family Bible and family photographs of the Waugh, Logan and Ross families.


Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


Richard Deans Waugh (1868-1938) was a businessman, served as mayor of Winnipeg in 1912, 1915-1916 and was chairmain of the Greater Winnipeg Water District Commission from 1916 until 1920.

Richard Douglas Waugh (1893-1938) served in the First World War with the Fort Garry Horse and the Lord Strathcona's Horse and later worked for the Greater Winnipeg Water District and the Canadian National Railway.

Alexander Logan Waugh (1895-1917) served in France during the First World War and was killed in action near Gouzeaucourt on 1 December 1917.

Margaret Esther Waugh Faessler (1908-1991) was one of 82 Canadian nurses who travelled to South Africa during the Second World War to serve in the South African Military Nursing Service.

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Waugh, Richard Deans

Waugh, Richard Douglas

Waugh, Alexander Logan

Faessler, Margaret Esther Waugh


Restrictions on Access 


There are no restrictions on access to these records.


Terms For Use and Reproduction 


Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation. Permission may be required for any form of publication or exhibition where records are not in the public domain.


Custodial History 


Records were donated to the Archives of Manitoba by Miss A. N. Taylor in 1961, Mrs. Oliver Waugh in 1968, 1971 and 1973, Elizabeth D. Pace in 1977 and 2014, Richard Douglas Waugh and Elizabeth Pace in 2003, and Alex R. Waugh in 1989, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021.




Most of the letters in the Margaret Waugh scrapbook were inside envelopes glued into the scrapbook but were making the pages too heavy and damaging the scrapbook so they have been numbered and put in folders. Envelopes have also been numbered so letters and envelopes can be matched.




Some of these records were previously described as the Richard Deans Waugh fonds and the Alexander Logan Waugh fonds.

Douglas Waugh's indexed photograph collection consisted of envelopes of nitrate negatives and prints. Many of the prints were used in the scrapbooks he created. Prints that were not used in the scrapbooks were stored in the envelopes along with the nitrate negatives. When the records were processed, the prints were removed, rehoused and identifying information was transcribed from the envelopes. The nitrate negatives and envelopes were destroyed.


Former Codes 


MG14 B4


How to proceed

Records must be consulted in Archives Research Room. Consult listings database to find location codes.

This material is not available for microfilm loan.

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