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Gilean Douglas Fonds Subseries
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Consists of three subgroups as originally organized by Douglas : Mountain Articles (arranged alphabetically by title), Coast Articles, and Other Articles (both groups arranged by subject, then alphabetically by titles). Most of the articles date from the late 1940s through the 1980s.

Christmas Letters

From 1952 to 1991 Douglas printed a 2 to 4 page Christmas Letter which she sent to over 200 friends and correspondents. Series consists of printed copies of these letters; some are carbon typescripts.

Coast Book Files

Series consists of both manuscripts (final and working copies) and research material (notes, correspondence , photos and clippings) for a book Douglas was working on in her final years .

Correspondence Series : World War I

These letters, grouped together by Douglas, are from soldiers stationed in England and France in World War I. Some were personal acquaintances, other correspondences were initiated as a result of lists in newspapers of soldiers seeking correspondents. Most letters are together with their envelopes.

Correspondence Series: 1925-1929

These letters, from a myriad of boyfriends, were kept together as a group by Douglas and attest to her lively social life during the period from her return to Toronto in 1925 after the breakdown of her first marriage until her second marriage in 1929.

"Nature Rambles"

Series consists of articles written for a regular column "Nature Rambles" in the Victoria Times-Colonist "Islander", filed chronologically, by month (original order).

Personal photographs

This grouping of photographs is composed of the personal photographs of Douglas which are not found in albums. Most of the pictures were taken by Douglas ; some by parents or friends . The organization is roughly chronological, with some subject groupings, and follows the original ordering of the pictures. Duplicates have been removed. The photos are still for the most part in the original envelopes in which Douglas kept them ; quotation marks indicate Douglas' notation. Some envelopes contain both prints and negatives. All are black and white prints unless otherwise noted.

Photo albums

These albums include albums of Douglas' photographs dating from the early 1920s to the mid 1940s, as well as a family album and several albums of other people's photographs dating from 1916 to the 1930s.

Photogtaphs used for Illustration

This group is comprised of photographs Douglas used to illustrate magazine and newspaper articles (primarily those articles written in the 1950s and 1960s). They are from various sources, including Douglas' own photos, prints obtained from archives and commercial source, and from correspondents. Some have typed captions attached with tape. All are black & white prints unless otherwise noted. Douglas' original groupings have been maintained; the photos are still for the most part in the original envelopes in which Douglas kept them.


Series consists copies of published poems, drafts, manuscripts and unfinished poems. Original order (filed alphabetically by title) has been kept, with poems found elsewhere in Douglas' papers added in appropriate place. Order of poems kept in other groupings has been maintained.

Sequel to "The Protected Place".

This series contains material for a book Douglas was working on in her final years, to be constructed from Times-Colonist columns along the lines of "The Protected Place" . It includes copies of columns selected for use, typed excerpts from columns and a working copy of "The Protected Place".