"Founded in 1877, just seven years after the birth of the province itself, the University of Manitoba has been inextricably bound with the history and life of Manitoba and western Canada. Begun as a federation of small colleges whose roots lay in the Red River Settlement, over the next 100 years the U of M grew to become the home of internationally recognized teaching and scholarship. Its research achievements have changed the lives of people throughout the world, while its students have reflected the full diversity and energy of Manitoba itself." "Beginning with the university's early roots, award-winning historian J.M. Bumsted follows the many challenges and triumphs experienced by the institution and its people. He captures the spirit of U of M students and faculty with anecdotes, memorabilia, and excerpts from student newspapers and yearbooks. Richly illustrated with more than 200 photographs of people, places and events, The University of Manitoba vividly chronicles over a century in the history of western Canada's first university."--Jacket.