Series 2 - Correspondence

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CA ON00131 00079-2

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  • 1941-1965 (Creation)
    Waldon, Freda F.

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3 folders of textual materials ; 148 pages

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Freda Farrell Waldon was born August 29, 1898 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her family moved to Hamilton, Ontario about a year later, and she remained there for the majority of her life. Waldon attended Central Public School and Hamilton Collegiate Institute. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (1919), then went on to complete her M.A. in English at Columbia University (1931). Waldon attended the School of Librarianship at the University of London before becoming Chief Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library, a position which she held from 1940 to 1963. Waldon developed an interest in the Wesleyan Ladies' College, located on King Street East in Hamilton, Ontario, due in part to the fact that her mother, Lillie Hardy, was a graduate (1887). In 1952, Waldon sent a letter to the Toronto periodical Saturday Night, with a request to its readers for all available information on the College, including recollections, reminiscences and information from former students and teachers. Waldon also searched among her own papers and brought together a great deal of material on the College, its staff and students.

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Series consists of Freda F. Waldon's correspondence regarding Wesleyan Ladies' College, including a letter published in Saturday Night newspaper requesting information about Wesleyan from graduates and descendant of graduates. Correspondents include : Professor R.C. Archibald, Mount Allison Memorial Library, Sackville, N.B ; Annie E. Barker, Toronto ; Mrs. R.L. Charles, Toronto ; Dr. William Colgate, Toronto ; Mamie L. Cunningham, Toronto ; Mrs. W.S. Dingman, Toronto ; Mrs. L.C. Harvey, Brownsville ; Col. G.W.F. Johnston, Montreal ; Helen E. Nelles, Niagara Falls, Ontario ; Elsie Pomeroy, Toronto ; Mrs. F.G. Purchase, Beamsville ; Rev. F.L. Barber, Victoria University, Toronto ; Professor C.B. Sissons, Victoria University, Toronto ; Mr. Douglas G. Townsend, Hamilton ; Mrs. D.G. Williams, Aurora ; and Mrs. E.N. Wright, Port Arthur. A few newspaper clippings about the college, its students and the Senior Literary Society accompany the correspondence.

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  • Box: Correspondence