File 3 - Correspondence.

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  • 1912, 1921-1929 (Creation)
    Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone

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Isabel Ecclestone Mackay (nee Macpherson), author, was born in Woodstock, Ontario on November 25, 1875. Isabel was educated at the Woodstock Collegiate Institute and began writing for the Woodstock Daily Express at the age of 15. In 1895 Isabel married Peter J. Mackay and in 1909 they moved to Vancouver where Isabel wrote all of her major works.

All together she published six novels, four collections of poems and five plays as well as over 300 poems and short stories in various publications. Many of Isabel's plays were staged in Canada and the United States. Isabel was also the first president of the Canadian Women's Press Club and president of the British Columbia Section of the Canadian Authors' Association. Her play "Treasure" won the open, all Canadian I.O.D.E. contest in 1926. Isabel died August 15, 1928.

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File consists of nine items of correspondence and four greeting cards to and from Isabel Mackay. Correspondents include:

  • Brady, W.J. - McClelland and Stewart Ltd. (July 5, 1921);
  • Brock, Mrs. (n.d.);
  • Bliss, Carmen (November 17, 1926);
  • Johnson, Pauline [December 11, 1912];
  • MacTavish, Newton;
  • Moore, Leonard - Christy & Moore Ltd. (June 25, 1928);
  • Roberts, Charles (December 31, 1926);
  • Robinson, Edgar - Vancouver Public Library (November 26, 1926); and
  • Willison, Marjory (December 8, 1929).

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MacTavish correspondence donated in 2019.


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Johnson letter dated with thanks to Carole Gerson and Alix Shield based on reference to "A Romance of Yesterday," an article by Mackay about Johnson, published in the Saturday, November 30, 1912 edition of the Toronto Globe and Johnson's reference to Christmas being two weeks away. The letter was written less than three months before Johnson's death from cancer.

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20191025: Revised correspondents list and dates. Added contextual information about Johnson letter. - DR

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