File 5 - Canadian Women's Press Club Triennial Conference, June 20-24, 1949

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Canadian Women's Press Club Triennial Conference, June 20-24, 1949

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  • 1949 (Creation)
    Women's Press Club of Toronto

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5 photographs : b&w

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The Canadian Women's Press Club was founded in 1904 by a group of Canadian woman reporters returning from a complimentary trip to the St. Louis Exposition. The club was suggested by George Henry Ham, the CPR's publicity director, and the first president was Kathleen Blake "Kit" Coleman. The Toronto Branch was founded in 1909, one of 15 regional branches organized over the years. Established as a "craft club" to help and promote its members in the profession of journalism, the Club remained active until the 1990's, counting as members most Canadian women journalists of note. In 1971 the Canadian Women's Press Club became the Media Club of Canada, and the Toronto Branch of the Club became the Media Club of Canada, Toronto Branch. In 1976 the Toronto Branch became an autonomous group under the name Toronto Women's Press Club, later changed to the Women's Press Club of Toronto. The Toronto Branch ceased in 199? and the Media Club of Canada suspended operations in 199?

By the 1980's the Women's Press Club of Toronto had launched a history project and put Kay Rex, a long-time member, in charge of collecting materials and writing a history of the Canadian Women's Press Club to 1971. Her book No Daughter of Mine: The Women and History of the Canadian Women's Press Club, 1904-1971 was published in 1995 by the University of Toronto Press.

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Scrapbook compiled by Sybil Watts Smith relating to the C.W.P.C Triennial Conference that took place in Vancouver from June 20-24, 1949. This scrapbook contains predominantly newsclippings and b&w photographs. It also contains the souvenir program produced/or this triennial conference, as well as the programs/menus for the dinners hosted for the C.W.P.C delegates in Vancouver by Eaton's, by the “Vancouver Sun” and by the Province Ontario. Also included in this file are maps of the Vancouver area, a guidebook to Vancouver, and ephemera. Other materials include a ribbon, which was most likely worn by C.W.P.C members on board the H.M.C.S. Crescent, the ship that brought conference delegates from Vancouver to Victoria.

The photographs depict sites in Vancouver, Victoria, as well as other places in B.C. and in Alberta that the conference delegates saw on their travels through Western Canada. Also shown here are photographs taken on board the H.M.C.S Crescent.

The clippings report on the events which constituted the Triennial Conference of the C.W.P.C. in Vancouver including the presentations given by various speakers, discussions about the C.W.P.C 's Memorial Award open to women journalists in all fields of writing, the Oriental Sun dinner, and the trip made by conference delegates to Victoria on the H.M.C.S Crescent.

The scrapbook also includes articles on prominent women journalists who attended the conference including Isabel Dingman, the only woman journalism instructor at the time, and Annie Mathewson, women's editor of The Gleaner, who received a scroll at the conference in recognition of half a century in the Fourth Estate.

Also among these clippings is an article on Marie Holmes editor of Chatelaine Magazine and Director of the Chatelaine Institute. This scrapbook also contains a column written by Eva-Lis Wuorio, Maclean's Magazine writer, in the New Westerner. She attended the conference also and in this column writes about her impressions of the West Coast comparing it to East Coast Canada.

Other articles that appeared in the local newspapers during the conference focus on the impressions made by the visiting women journalists including male reporters' views on the visitors.

Loose items contained in this scrapbook include a letter written by Sybil Watts Smith, the compiler of this scrapbook, to Kay Rex, on Feb. 24, 1993 stating that enclosed are two packages containing negatives that Kay Rex requested. These include three negatives of Clarice Tapson from about 1950 and 9 negatives from the C.W.P.C Triennial Conference on the West Coast in 1949.

Also includes five b&w photographs taken at a C.W.P.C conference in Ottawa in 1947. Individuals are identified in all photographs.

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