Fonds RBSC-ARC-1533 - Irene Simmons Stephen fonds

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Irene Simmons Stephen fonds

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169.3 cm of textual records and other materials

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Born May 18, 1897 in Ottawa, Irene Simmons Phelan moved to Vancouver as a child and lived in British Columbia for the rest of her life, with the exception of two years spent in England. Her written work appeared in various magazines and newspapers over the course of her career, but her greatest professional focus was as a radio reporter and producer. She wrote and worked under the name Pamela Stephen. Her show "Indian Trails" was aired across the country and her show "Story Time" was sponsored by the British Columbia Parent Teachers' Federation and featured on on radio station CKMO in Vancouver (ca. 1948-1950). Her book of short stories "Winged Canoes at Nootka and Other Stories of the Evergreen Coast" was published in 1955. First Nations and British Columbia history were two of her primary interests as a writer and educator. She also wrote some radio plays and even took an interest in television writing later in her life. Stephen died in 1968.

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The fonds consists of drafts, research notes, galley proofs, and other materials related to Stephen's book "Winged Canoes at Nootka and Other Stories of the Evergreen Coast," as well as typed transcripts from her radio programs "Indian Trails," "Story Time," and other pieces of reporting. The fonds also includes creative writing drafts - short stories, radio dramas, and plays adapted for radio - and research related to an unpublished book about Alberta. Personal files include photographs, correspondence, and historical family records dating back to the 19th century. Materials related to Stephen's involvement with the Canadian Women's Press Club and the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Authors Association are also part of this fonds.

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Handwritten list available which offers an item-level description of the fonds, however, this list does not correspond to the collection's physical or intellectual arrangement.

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Fonds contains 169.3 cm of textual records, 28 photographs, and 13 b&w negatives

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Description updated by James Goldie, April 2019.

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