RBCM Archives

Series MS-0010 - Nellie McClung papers

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Nellie McClung papers

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  • 1894-1950 (Creation)
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    McClung, Nellie L., 1873-1951

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7.3 m of textual records, 165 photographs, 3 reels of microfilm : negative ; 35 mm

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McClung, Nellie L., 1873-1951

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Nellie McClung was born in Ontario and grew up in Wawanesa, Manitoba. She began her teaching career at the age of 16 in Manitou, Manitoba. In 1896 she married a pharmacist, Robert Wesley McClung. In 1908 her first novel was published. After moving to Winnipeg in 1911, Nellie McClung became active in various organizations. She became a vigourous campaigner for social reform and women's rights. She served as MLA in the Alberta legislature from 1921 to 1926. In 1933, the McClung family moved to Victoria, B.C., and from 1936 to 1942, she served as the first woman member of the CBC Board of Governors. In 1938, she represented Canada as a delegate to the League of Nations.

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Correspondence, newspaper clippings, handwritten and typescript copies of published and unpublished works, notes for speeches and scrapbooks. Photograph album has been transferred to Visual Records (accession 198307-1). Microfilm (neg.) 1895-1947 35mm 3 reels [A01964-A01966] Nellie Letitia (Mooney) McClung was born in Chatsworth, Ontario on October 20, 1873. Her family moved to Wawanesa, Manitoba in 1880 and upon graduation from the Winnipeg Normal School at the age of 16, Miss Mooney began her teaching career at Manitou, Manitoba. In 1896 she married Robert Wesley McClung, a pharmacist in Manitou. In 1908, her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, was published. Other novels, essays, short stories, and sketches soon followed and continued to appear into her seventieth year. The McClung's moved to Winnipeg in 1911 when Mr. McClung took up work with an insurance company. Nellie became active in various organizations, including the Canadian Women's Press Club and the Winnipeg Political Equality League. Her activities in temperance and women's suffrage leagues continued when they moved to Edmonton in 1914 where she campaigned vigorously for social reform and women's rights. She served in the Alberta Legislature with the Liberals from 1921 to 1926. After her political defeat she fought to establish Canadian women's rights to seats in the Senate. In 1933 the McClung family moved to Victoria. From 1936 to 1942 she served as the first woman member of the CBC Board of Governors. In 1938 she represented Canada as a delegate to the League of Nations. She died in 1951 at the age of 77. The fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, handwritten and typescript copies of published and unpublished works, notes for speeches, scrapbooks and a photograph album. Photograph album transferred to Visual Records, accession 198307-001. The oversized address presented to the McClungs by the citizens of Manitou (vol. 63) was found in a drawer 2008 and has been added to MS-0010. The records were presented to the BC Archives by Mr. R.W. McClung in November, 1953. Chronological item list of box 10 and an alphabetical list of correspondents created by the University Women's Club in 1990, available in the hard copy finding aid in the reference room. The original manuscripts (the first rough drafts) of the McClung fonds are contained in nine boxes. The articles and novels are written in scribblers. Where a title has been placed at the start of a composition, this has been noted in the list below. Each scribbler has been examined but the list of titles is not necessarily comprehensive. Scrapbooks (Volumes 27-57) are available on microfilm reels A01964-A01966. Source: MS Finding Aids Presented by R.W. McClung, 1953. Finding aid: file list, item list of correspondence 1894-1911.

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Presented to the BC Archives by R.W. McClung in November, 1953.

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Accession number(s): MS-0010; 198307-001; 2015.49

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  • Box: A01964
  • Box: A01965
  • Box: A01966