Elsie Pomeroy fonds
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- Pomeroy, Elsie May
1.44 m of textual records and graphic materials
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Elsie May Pomeroy was born in Fullarton, Ontario in 1886, the daughter of Richard H. Pomeroy (1859-1944) and Susan (Davis) (1860-?). She had a long career as a teacher in St. Thomas and Toronto secondary schools, being employed by the Toronto Board of Education from 1914 until her retirement in 1949. She also briefly worked as an exchange teacher in London, England following the First World War. She was a member of the Women Teachers Federations of Toronto and Ontario, the Federation of Women Teachers Association of Ontario, and the Toronto Local Council of Women, and wrote and published several articles on education, educators, and lesser known Canadian authors (many of whom were women). She was close friends with poet Sir Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943) and published Sir Charles G.D. Roberts: A Biography in 1943. The two met in 1926, when Roberts convinced Pomeroy to join the Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors Association, of which he was president. Pomeroy herself would go on to serve as the branch’s president between 1947 and 1950. Pomeroy was a great admirer of Roberts’ work and was chosen by Roberts himself to write his biography. She continued to write articles and give talks about him well after his death in 1943. Pomeroy also wrote biographical works and essays on G.B. Lancaster (Edith Joan Lyttleton) (1948), Mary Electa Adams (1949), Arthur Stringer (1962), and Archibald Lampman (1964), all of whom feature prominently in her records. Elsie Pomeroy died in Newmarket, Ontario in 1968.
Fonds was donated to Mount Allison University between 1950 and 1977. Records were received on an on-going basis from Pomeroy and, following her death in 1968, from her estate.
Records belonging to Marshall Saunders, Mary Electa Adams, and Blanche Hume (accession no. 5901) were given to Pomeroy before she donated them to the archives.
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Fonds consists mainly of records created and accumulated by Pomeroy as biographer and friend of author and poet Charles G.D. Roberts. Records document Roberts’ work, including his interests in the Tantramar area of New Brunswick, where he spent the majority of his childhood, and his relationship with Pomeroy. They also shed light on Pomeroy’s activities as collector and interpreter of Canadian literature mainly between 1920-1950. Records related to Bliss Carman, Arthur Stringer, Marshall Saunders, Mary Electa Adams, Isabella Crawford, Dorothy Leisner Roberts, Annie Charlotte Dalton, G.B. Lancaster are also included. Files contain correspondence; published and unpublished poetry and prose by various authors; scrapbooks; photographs; postcards; and clippings.
The majority of the fonds is in good condition. Due to the acidity of the paper, newspaper clippings found in scrapbooks are flaking and tearing. Some of the scrapbooks themselves (binding, covers, etc.) have suffered damage due to improper storage. They should be handled with care.
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Donated by Elsie Pomeroy, between 1950 and 1977
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• Sir Charles G.D. Roberts fonds at the University of New Brunswick Archives (MG L10)
• Roberts family photograph collection at the University of New Brunswick Archives
• The Collected Poems of Sir Charles G.D. Roberts at the University of New Brunswick Archives & Special Collections (MG L24)
• Lloyd Roberts family fonds at the University of New Brunswick Archives (MG L5)
• Isabel St. John Bliss Collection at the University of New Brunswick (MG L32)
• Bliss Carman collection at the New Brunswick Museum
• Arthur Stringer collection at the McMaster University Archives (RC0719)
No further accruals are expected.
Internal reference no: Accession 5001