Fonds SCA29-WA16 - Claire Wallace fonds.

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Claire Wallace fonds.

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7.9 m of textual records

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Claire Wallace was a Canadian radio broadcaster and journalist, and one of the first women to broadcast nationally over the CBC. Born in Orangeville, Ont., she attended Branksome Hall and initially worked for The Toronto Star writing a column titled "Over the Teacups" which parlayed into, as radio show on station CFRB Toronto in 1935, called "Teatime topics." She joined CBC in 1936 and by 1942 she was hosting the thrice weekly show "They Tell Me." She married James C. Stutt in the same year. In 1946 she won the Beaver Award from Broadcaster Magazine as Canada's top woman commentator. Beginning in the 1940's she also became an advocate for women's rights, and could lay to claim to many "first woman to..." titles. In 1952 Claire returned to broadcasting on CFRB where should would continue for many years while writing books such as "Mind Your Manners", an etiquette guide, which was published in 1953. For several years, beginning in 1955, she ran the Claire Wallace Travel Bureau in Toronto taking tourists to such locations as China and Russia. Claire was also a member of many organizations including the Canadian Women's Press Club and the Heliconian Club for artists and worked actively to raise money for several charities. Claire died in 1968 in Toronto.

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Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Claire Wallace. Includes scrapbooks which contain radio scripts, correspondence, clippings and other material relating to her career as a broadcaster and also to her travel bureau.

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Donated by the estate of Claire Wallace in 1968.


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