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Martha Louise Black fonds

Black, Martha Louise, 1866-1957.
Martha Louise Black fonds. - 1923-1965.

4 cm. of textual records.

7 photographs.

Mrs. Black was born in Chicago Feb. 24, 1866. She was educated at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame. She married George Black Aug. 1, 1904. George Black was Governor of the Yukon and they lived there for 54 years. In 1921 her husband was elected to the House of Commons and was later Speaker of the House from 1930-1935. Mrs. Black supported the IODE and organized 3 of its chapters. She also gave her support to the Victorian Order of Nurses. In 1917 she was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, England. She was elected to the House of Commons in 1935. Her book My Seventy Years was published in 1938. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1946 for her cultural and social contributions to the Yukon. She died in Whitehorse Oct. 31, 1957.

These documents may have originally belonged, at least partially, to Elizabeth Smith Shortt, and were probably donated to the National Council of Women of Canada prior to 1967 in response to their effort to collect the papers of Canadian Women.

The fonds consists of correspondence, published articles, clippings and photographs, and includes My Seventy Years published in parts. The correspondence is largely addressed to Elizabeth Smith Shortt.

Title from content of the fonds.

Donated by the National Council of Women of Canada in 1967 as part of the Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women.

Additional correspondence with both Martha and George Black is located in the Elizabeth Smith Shortt fonds.

Call number: WA19

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