File 1 - Kay Rex: General Information

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Kay Rex: General Information

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  • 1956-1994 (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 appears to have formed one of the research folders used by Kay Rex for the purposes of researching for her book “No Daughter of Mine: The Women and History of the Canadian Women’s Press Club, 1904-1971” (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995).

This folder contains printed materials issued by the C.W.P.C including a flyer (1965?) containing a brief resume of the history of the club, and a booklet entitled “Pathfinders” authored by Miriam Green Ellis and published by the C.W.P.C. This booklet contains biographical information on some of the prominent C.W.P.C members from its earliest days including Emily Murphy, Agnes Maule Macha, Susanna Moodie, Genevieve Lipsell Sinker, Katherine Hale, Kennethe M. Haig, Mae Clendenan, Elizabeth Bailey Price, Irene Moore, Marshall Saunders, Annie E. Mathewson, E. Cora Hind, Violet McNaughton, and Nellie L. McClung. A flyer produced by the Media Club of Canada Inc. and featuring information on this club is also contained in this file. Also included in this file is the Golden Jubilee (1904-1954) publication of “Newspacket”, a C.W.P.C publication. This issue of “Newspacket” serves as a record of the history of the first fifty years of the C.W.P.C.

Other items in this file include articles written by Kay Rex herself, which appeared in two different serials in 1980 and 1990 respectively. The article from 1980 reports on the beginnings of the Newspaper Guild in Canada and was written on the 47th International Convention of this Guild in 1980. The second article from 1990 is from an April issue of “The Byliner” and focuses on Emily Murphy, a journalist and fifth national president of the C.W.P.C who fought for women's rights in Canada.

Also contained in this file is a request for information on C.W.P.C members from anyone who has been associated with the club or has had relatives who were members. Kay Rex placed this request in the May/June 1987 issue of “Content”.

This file also contains articles on prominent C.W.P.C members that appeared in various journals. This includes an article by Robin Rowland from 1978 about Kathleen Blake "Kit 11 Coleman, prominent female journalist with the “Mail and Empire”, the world's first accredited woman war correspondent, and first president of the C.W.P.C. A second article by Barbara Freeman from 1994 focuses on the history of female journalism.

Finally, this file contains a list of individuals who were interviewed by Kay Rex for the purposes of her book on the C.W.P.C published in 1995.

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