George Shepherd Library
The George Shepherd Library of the Western Development Museum is named
after George Shepherd, a pioneer homesteader who was also the curator of the
museum for more than 20 years.
Our main focus is to provide research services to the four Western Development Museum (WDM) branches: Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, and Yorkton. Our department also answers public inquiries.
The George Shepherd Library was created because there was a growing need to preserve the rapidly disappearing historical materials that focus on Saskatchewan agricultural and pioneer history. When artifacts were donated to the Museum, they were often accompanied by an operator’s manual or a handbook; these resources eventually began to accumulate. The collected materials were then organized, catalogued and placed in the library.
Today, the library contains over 3,200 reference books, more than 300 journal titles with 27 active subscriptions, 6,000 photographs, slides and negatives, over 20,000 agricultural manuals, parts lists, promotional materials, and mail order catalogues as well as other print material of research value. The collection is non-circulating, but is open to the public for research purposes.
We have a large collection of catalogues--Eaton's, Marshall-Wells, and Ashdowns - full of information on clothes, toys, tools and equipment. We also have brochures on Saskatchewan tourist attractions and literature extolling the province's possibilities. These are only a few of the resources in our Library. Contact us with your question; we may have the answer.
History Online is a project of the
George Shepherd was made curator of the fledgling Western Development Museum, housed in a re-assembled Second World War hangar on 11th Street West in 1953. “I was offered the post of Curator of the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon. ...I think I would probably have paid my new employers to let me work there” he wrote in West of Yesterday (page 144).
As curator of the Western Development Museum for more than 20 years, Dr.
George Shepherd safeguarded the history he lived and helped to create and
share the stories of Saskatchewan’s past with visitors from around the
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