File 63 - Toronto Women's Press Club.

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Toronto Women's Press Club.

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6 photographs : b&w and col. ; 9 x 13 and smaller

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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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Scrapbook of news clippings, ephemera and photographs collected by the Toronto branch of the Media Club of Canada regarding their activities and members from 1975-1979. Included are news clippings regarding the Club's name change and affiliation with the Press Club, a cancelled debate between Eleanor Pelrine and Marshall McLuhan about abortion, the donation of the Club's archives to the Public Archives of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada), and the state of the Parti Quebecois. Also included is biographical information regarding Jean Hibbert, Lotta Dempsey, Helen Hogg, Beth Nealson, Estelle Craig, Helen Wood, Amalia Lindal, Susan Sommers, Edna Jacques, Mona Clarke and Jo Carson. Photos consist of headshot portraits of Helen Wood and Amalia Lindal, and photographs taken at an dinner part in honour of the publication of Edna Jacques' Up Hill All the Way.

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  • Fragile due to the deterioration of tape used to adhere clippings to scrapbook pages

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