Former Selkirk College librarian John Mansbridge’s legacy lives on in the Minto Room

“The man who named Selkirk College and amassed a large Kootenaiana collection for its library has died at 83.

John Mansbridge came to the college in 1965 from Moose Jaw and spent more than three decades as its librarian. When he arrived, however, the institute was using the provisional name West Kootenay Regional College.

. . . Mansbridge also began collecting historical material related to the Kootenays, or by Kootenay writers, which “wasn’t a problem, because there wasn’t very much.” This eventually led to a dedicated space for the local collection, known as the Minto Room after the sternwheeler that plied the Arrow Lakes.

Mansbridge received a phone call in 1976 from historian and writer Bruce Ramsey, who found the ship’s old name board in the East Kootenay. It was installed above the door to its namesake room, where it remains [today].”

See the full article from the Castlegar News here:

Former Selkirk College librarian John Mansbridge’s legacy lives on in the Minto Room

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