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- Women's Press Club of Toronto
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- 1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm
- 1 photograph : col. 13 x 18 cm
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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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Original copy of constitution and bylaws, 1953; correspondence; drafts [by Kay Rex?]; ephemera; membership lists; news clippings; notes; reminiscences; reports; and photographs. Also in the file are the Senate Bill S-8, Act to Incorporate Canadian Women's press Club, 1958; issues of Open Line; a list of memorial award winners; a branch member directories, 1966-1967, 1967-1968, 1969-1970, undated; a copy of Pathfinders by Miriam Green Ellis, and a photocopy of Then We Were Four: The Story of the Toronto Women's Press Club by Byrne Hope Sanders.
Includes biographical material about members and women journalists including: Marjorie Wilkins Campbell, Dora Conover, Zora McMillan Cherry, Virginia Etherington, Agnes MacPhail, and Anne Merrill.
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Directories include a note indicating they are for the convenience of club members only and are not to be circulated outside of the club.