Series 8 - Alumnae Association files

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Alumnae Association files

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CA ON00131 00079-8

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  • 1868-1943 (Creation)
    Alumnae Association of the Wesleyan Ladies' College

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5 folders of textual materials ; 161 pages
1 object (medal) ; 8.5cm x 8.5cm

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The Alumnae Association of the Wesleyan Ladies' College, established in June 1868, supported the continued intellectual engagement of graduates of Wesleyan Ladies' College. Their motto was "Vita sine literis mors est" (Life without literature is death). The Alumnae Association's Literary Club was primarily composed of Wesleyan alumnae, but accepted some non-alumnae as well as daughters and grand-daughters of original graduate-members, and continued to do so after the college ceased to exist. The Literary Club, sometimes referred to as the Ladies' Literary Club or Hamilton Ladies Literary Club, was also affiliated with the Royal Society of Canada. The club met on a biweekly basis from October to May, and held an annual meeting in June. In the 1957-1958 season, they started to meet once a month. The Literary Club remained active until ca.1966.

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Series contains materials related to the Alumnae Association, including constitution, bylaws, and rules of order (1877) ; annual reports ; lectures and programs ; invitations to at-homes, levees and receptions ; Literary Club materials ; Membership materials ; Mrs. Ewing's cooking school programs ; badges, diplomas and awards (including copies of a diploma awarded to Hester Ann Rogers Horner in 1958, prior to incorporation, as well as original diplomas awarded to Matilda Meharry in 1871 and Lillie Hardy in 1887) ; as well as a manuscript book, which contains lists of music pupils and concert programs.

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The series contains a Governor General's Prize medal, an award given annually by the college to the student with the best examination results in English Literature. The medal, made of silver and dated 1888, belonged to student, Ethel Lazier. This medal was donated to Hamilton Public Library, Local History and Archives (previously known as Special Collections) by Ethel Lazier's daughter, Betty Mullin, in 1975. Mullin was an employee of the Hamilton Public Library.

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