Collection RBSC-ARC-1758 - Mavis Hall collection

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Mavis Hall collection

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24 cm of textual records and other material

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Margery Olive McCuaig (nee Scott) was born in Winnipeg on June 24, 1915. Margery, also known as Peggy, was a University of British Columbia chemistry and biology graduate (BSc'36) and was an active member of science clubs, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Phrateres, and the grass hockey team.
After graduating, McCuaig became a teacher in the Richmond School District in British Columbia. She married Milburn McCuaig and had a daughter, Mavis Jean Hall (nee McCuaig), BSc'65. Margery McCuaig had the opportunity to travel to Japan in the summer of 1939 and collected a variety of printed and photographic material. She traveled to Japan again, as well as Korea, in 1962 to revisit the cities and families that she had encountered on her 1939 trip. McCuaig kept the memorabilia from both trips until her death in Vancouver, British Columbia in December, 1992.

Custodial history

The Mavis Hall collection remained in the custody of Margery McCuaig until her death. The collection was passed on to her daughter, Mavis Hall, who with her husband Thomas Matthew Hall, gathered and sorted the items.

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The Mavis Hall collection comprises of a variety of printed and photographic materials collected by Margery McCuaig, Hall’s mother, during a trip to Japan, sponsored by the Japanese Tourism Ministry and the Japanese Government Railways, from July-August, 1939.

The collection contains commercially-produced slides, postcards and souvenir photographs, as well as Board of Tourism publications, prints, and a few personal items and memorabilia of McCuaig, such as a passport, scrapbook, and autograph book. McCuaig also collected ephemera from the time she spent on the cruise ship, including daily ship menus, news bulletins, travel brochures, and entertainment programmes, that exhibit her experiences onboard.

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All items are in very good to fine condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

The collection was acquired by the University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections from the donor, Thomas Matthew Hall, on March 15, 2016.


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Material is primarily in English and Japanese, with some written in Chinese characters.

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The collection is named after the donor’s wife, Mavis Hall, although the collection is undoubtedly her mother’s. Hall received her BSc in chemistry from UBC in 1965. She was fluent in both French and German and was a life-long sister of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. The collection is named after Hall in memoriam after her passing in 2015 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

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Books that are a part of the Mavis Hall collection have been removed and are are catalogued separately.

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Includes 10 cm of ephemera, 151 colour slides (35 mm), 2 cm of textual records, and 1 scrapbook.

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Finding aid prepared by Andréa Tarnawsky (October 2016).

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