File 3 - Craig, Estelle : Centennial Project

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Craig, Estelle : Centennial Project

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  • 1966 (Creation)
    Women's Press Club of Toronto

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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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This is one of three folders (see files 2-4) which belonged to Estelle Craig, Project Chairman of the Centennial Project of the Canadian Women's Press Club (C.W.P.C). This file contains correspondence dated 1966. Also contained in this file is the C.W.P.C Feasibility Report that was compiled for the Centennial Commission in 1966. Other materials included in this file include a proposed program of events for the centennial project, minutes of meetings of various Centennial Project Committee meetings, which took place in 1966, C.W.P.C Centennial Project Progress Reports, a Centennial Project Annual Report, and a Treasurer's Report. Additionally this file contains lists of names of foreign journalists who have accepted invitations to date, and lists of names added to the invitation list. This file also contains press releases on the Centennial Project for the club's newsletter “Newspacket” and for other Canadian press publications, and an article by Helen Palmer on the Centennial Project that appeared in the “Toronto Daily” on April 28, 1967.

Correspondence in this file includes letters and internal C.W.P.C memos. Much of this correspondence was conducted between members of the Centennial Project's National Executive Committee members. This National Executive was established in April 1966. The President of the Executive was the C.W.P.C. National President, Elva Fletcher. Other key members whose correspondence is contained in this file include Helen Marsh, the Co-coordinating National Chairman, Estelle Craig, the Project Chairman, Jo Carson, the Project Vice-Chairman, Lyn Harrington, the Secretary, and Margaret Cragg, the Program Committee Chairman. The subject areas covered in this correspondence include forthcoming and previous meetings of the Executive, measures to be undertaken to publicize the project, developments regarding the program of events for the project, and matters regarding issuing of invitations to this event. Another subject covered includes the communications made by the Project Committee with the Centennial Commission regarding government support for this project.

This file also contains some correspondence received from the Information Division of the Department of External Affairs regarding progress made in contacting foreign journalists through the Canadian Embassies and Consulates abroad.

Finally, this file includes a letter of invitation to the Secretary of State, Judy LaMarsh from Elva Fletcher inviting her to address the first formal dinner at the centennial event on June 19, 1967. A letter of acceptance from Ms. LaMarsh is also contained in this file.

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