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Blanchard, James J. 1948-

Blanchard, James J. 1948-
(J. Blanchard)


Born June 27, 1948, in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada; son of Alvin Gourlay (an office manager) and Mabel (a homemaker; maiden name, Burnett) Blanchard; children: Grace Pilar, Jessica Lois, Benjamin David. Ethnicity: "English and Scots." Education: Brandon University, B.A.; University of Western Ontario, M.L.S.; University of Manitoba, M.A. Politics: Liberal. Religion: "Humanistic Jew."


Home—186 Home St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 1X1, Canada. Office—Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. E-mail—[email protected]


Writer. Winnipeg Public Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, librarian, 1981-82; Canadian Grain Commission, Winnipeg, librarian, 1982-88; Manitoba Department of Culture, Winnipeg, director of public library services, 1988-92; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, reference librarian, 1992—.


Manitoba Library Association (president, 1984-85, 1993-94), Manitoba Historical Society (president, 2001-03).


Margaret McWilliams Award for popular history; J. Kemp Award for heritage volunteerism.


(As J. Blanchard) A History of the Canadian Grain Commission, 1912-1987, Supply and Services Canada (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1987.

1000 Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical and Scientific Society and the History of Western Canada, University of Manitoba Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), 2002.

Winnipeg 1912: A Year in the Life of a City, University of Manitoba Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), 2005.

Contributor to books, including Readings in Canadian Library History, Canadian Library Association (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1987; Manitoba: A Colour Guidebook, edited by Marilyn Morton, Formac Publishing (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1995; and Manitoba Premiers, Canadian Plains Research Institute (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada), 2005. Contributor to periodicals, including Prairie Forum, Manitoba History, and Canadian Library Journal.

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