Morton, Arthur Silver National Historic Person

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Plaque photo © Parks Canada Agency
Plaque photo
© Parks Canada Agency
Morton, Arthur Silver © Saskatchewan Archives Board S-B858Plaque photo © Parks Canada Agency
Address : University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1952-05-27
Life Date: 1870 to 1945

Other Name(s):
  • Morton, Arthur Silver  (Designation Name)

Importance: Historian, teacher, first Provincial Archivist of Saskatchewan


Existing plaque: wall inside Murray Building, University of Saskatchewan Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Born in Trinidad, Arthur Silver Morton was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh and Berlin. He served for several years as a Presbyterian minister, lectured on church history in Halifax and Toronto, was head of the department of history and chief librarian at the University of Saskatchewan (1914 - 1940) and provincial archivist of Saskatchewan (1938 - 1945). His monumental study of the fur trade, History of the Canadian West to 1870-71, is the most important of his many publications. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1932 and awarded the Tyrrell Medal in 1941.