Blanchard, Jim 1948–

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Blanchard, Jim 1948–

PERSONAL: Born June 27, 1948, in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada; son of A.G. (a bookkeeper) and Mabel Lois (a homemaker; maiden name, Burnett) Blanchard; married Maria Foss, 1974 (marriage ended, 1982); married, 1985; wife's name, Laurie (divorced, 2002); children: Grace Pilar, Jessica, Benjamin. Ethnicity: "Scottish/English." Education: Brandon University, B.A., 1969; University of Manitoba, M.A., 1976; University of Western Ontario, M.L.S., 1977. Politics: "Liberal." Religion: "Secular humanist Judaism."

ADDRESSES: Home—186 Home St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 1X1, Canada. Office—Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Canadian Grain Commission, Winnipeg, Manitoba, librarian, 1982–87, acting corporate secretary, 1987–88; Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Citizenship, director of Public Library Services branch, 1988–91; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, head of reference services at Elizabeth Dafoe Library, 1992–. Bookmates Family Literacy Program, board chair, 1992–96; Dalnavert Museum, cochair of management committee, 2004–

MEMBER: Manitoba Library Association (president, 1986–87, 1993–94), Manitoba Historical Society (chair of Margaret McWilliams Medal Committee, 1993–96; president, 2000–02).


A History of the Canadian Grain Commission, 1912–1987, Supply and Services Canada (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1987.

(Editor) A Thousand 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: The Story of a Year, University of Manitoba Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), 2005.

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

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on the home front in Winnipeg during World War I.

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