File 4 - Craig, Estelle : Centennial Project

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Craig, Estelle : Centennial Project

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  • 1967 (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 1967. Additionally, this file includes agendas and minutes of various Centennial Project Committee meetings, Progress Reports (in the form of lists of additional invitation acceptances by foreign journalists), Centennial Project Reports (including the Annual Report), and a Treasurer's Report. This file also includes a Report on Resolutions passed at the Triennial meeting of the C.W.P.C in Vancouver that were approved by the Toronto Branch and were then submitted to the national for consideration. Also contained among these file materials are guest lists for the Centennial Project, biographies of visiting journalists, and a Centennial Project questionnaire and draft letter to be sent to the visiting journalists. Materials also include a preliminary program for the seminar event (June 19-21, 1967), a day-by-day program of all events to be scheduled for the visitors in Toronto, and a bus schedule for the Toronto event. This file also includes an article that appeared in the serial "Citizen" in June 1967 focusing on the Centennial Project of the C.W.P.C.

Correspondence in this file includes both letters and internal C.W.P.C memos. A large amount of correspondence in this file includes letters exchanged between the Centennial Project Chairman, Estelle Craig, and the National President, Elva Fletcher. This correspondence relates to final organizational matters that need to be attended to in the run-up to the club's centennial event in June and July of 1967 including transportation of invitees to Canada, insurance for the visiting journalists, the program of events in Toronto, and other matters. Elva Fletcher keeps Estelle Craig and Phyl Woods (Transportation Chairman) abreast of acceptances of invitations by journalists and of their travel arrangements. Other items of correspondence include letters exchanged between members of the National Project Committee and members of the Toronto Branch of the C.W.P.C Project Committee regarding planning and organizational details for the centennial event. This file also includes some correspondence with the individual branches of the C.W.P.C including the Ottawa Branch who are responsible for organizing programs of events in their areas for the visiting journalists. Other letters contained in this file pertain to the reservation of accommodations for the visiting journalists in Canada, and the reservation of the Museum Theatre in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for one evening during the centennial event.

Finally, this file contains correspondence sent to C.W.P.C members from the Centennial Project Committee. This includes letters informing members of the impending centennial event and enclosing registration forms for the seminar. Also among the materials in this file is a form letter sent to C.W.P.C members regarding the upcoming centennial event and appealing for volunteers for the committees that need help in the organization of the Toronto seminar.

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