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Margaret Cowie fonds
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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- Cowie, Margaret C.
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145 items 2 photographs
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Born in 1886 in Simcoe County, Ontario, Margaret C. Cowie began teaching in Aberdeen Public School, located at 901 Barclay Avenue in Vancouver in November 1914. Moved to Nightingale Public School in February, 1934, was superannuated in 1946, but continued at Nightingale as a substitute until June 1948. During her career as a Grade 5-6 teacher she was instrumental in developing a Canadian Literature library within her school. She passed away in 1961.
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The fonds consists of 141 letters written by 83 Canadian authors who received letters from the school requesting their books, a photograph, and a letter relating to their literary career. The photographs, with two exceptions, were not retained with letters and the books were placed in the school library; but the letters, many with their envelopes addressed to Miss Margaret Cowie, were passed by Margaret Cowie to a friend and eventually donated to the UBC Library. The correspondents include Marius Barbeau, Frank Burnett, Bliss Carman, Mazo de la Roche, Francis Dickie, Hubert Evans, Nellie McClung, L.M. Montgomery Macdonald, Isabel E. MacKay, Charles Mair, Emily Murphy, Charles G.D. Roberts, Constance Skinner, Robert Stead, and A.M. Stephen. Most of the letters were written between 1925 and 1928.
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Donated by Sheila E. Evans, July 24, 2002.
The letters arrived in a small wooden box and in no particular order. They were arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.
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There will probably be no further accruals.
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- Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969 (Subject)
- Burnett, Frank (Subject)
- Carman, Bliss (Subject)
- de la Roche, Mazo (Subject)
- Dickie, Francis Joseph (Subject)
- Evans, Hubert Reginald (Subject)
- McClung, Nellie L. (Subject)
- Montgomery, L.M. (Lucy Maud) (Subject)
- Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone (Subject)
- Murphy, Emily Ferguson (Subject)
- Roberts, Charles George Douglas, Sir (Subject)
- Skinner, Constance Lindsay (Subject)
- Stead, Robert J.C. (Subject)
- Stephen, A.M. (Alexander Maitland) (Subject)