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Elaine M. Catley fonds.
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- Catley, Elaine Maud
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13 cm of textual records. - 1 photograph
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Elaine Maud Clark was born November 14, 1889 in Bath, England, daughter of Frederick Charles and Annie Matilda (Whittington) Clark. Educated in private schools in Guildford, Surrey, Elaine married Sydney Charles William Catley in December 29, 1915. After he served in the Imperial Forces for four years they settled in Calgary, Alberta, in 1920, where they raised four children.
Elaine began writing verse when just thirteen, and won three prizes from John O'London's Weekly. In Canada her poetry and journalism regularly appeared in the Calgary Herald and other papers. Active in the Canadian Authors Association and the Canadian Women's Press Club, she included Nellie McClung, Laura Goodman Salverson, W.T. Allison and John W. Garvin among her friends. Her six volumes of verse span a career of 58 years. Elaine died in Calgary July 29, 1984.
Six volumes of verse have been catalogued in the University of Waterloo Library's catalogue. Call numbers F6826 through F6831.
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Correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of poetry and prose , clippings of published work and reviews. Correspondents include Nellie McClung (2 letters), Laura Goodman Salverson (1 letter) and Charles G.D. Roberts (1 letter).
Immediate source of acquisition
The collection, books and archives, was purchased from Christie, Mason & Woods (Canada) Ltd. with Montreal Book Auctions Lt. Sale of Works of Art and Literature, Calgary, Sept. 28, 1970, where it had been placed for sale by Mrs. Catley. (See Montreal Book Auction Records 1967-1971, p. 272.)
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Copyright University of Waterloo Library.
Papers related to Elaine Catley are also available at the Glenbow Archives as part of the Elaine Catley fonds.
Blue pen annotations by Catley appear through out.