Cairine Reay Wilson fonds [multiple media]

  • Record Information – Brief
    Hierarchical level:
    R5278-0-4-E, MG27-IIIC6
    Accession number:
    923042 CA
    Type of material:
    Textual material, Photographs, Art, Architectural and technical drawings, Objects (including medals and pins), Sound recordings
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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    • Cairine Reay Wilson fonds
      Cairine Reay Wilson fonds
  • Fonds includes:
    27 lower level description(s)
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    Place of creation:
    1.195 m of textual records.
    14 audio discs (1 h, 39 min).
    47 photographs b&w.
    ca. 11 medals silver.
    ca. 2 pins silver.
    10 prints.
    4 architectural drawings blueprints.
    1 painting oil 96.7 x 76.5 cm stretcher.
    1 album (25 photos.).
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    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of textual records, 1859-1962: correspondence and diaries, speeches and articles, certificates, invitations, memos and notes, pamphlets, clippings and scrapbooks, family papers. The fonds also contains photographs. One album, 1941, of 25 photographs and newspaper clippings describes the 1941 Canadian National Exhibition and International Day in Toronto. In addition, there are 37 photographs, n.d., that depict buildings mainly in Montreal including Christ Church Cathedral and McGill College. There are also 10 photographs, n.d., of various places in Alberta and British Columbia; a Sioux Chief; the Croartyshire after her collison with the S.S. Burgogne off Sable Island, N.S.; and an Indian Salvation Army meeting, Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Fonds also contains sound recordings of International Day at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, 2 September 1941, dedicated to and recorded by the International Business Machines Co. Ltd. Speeches are by Mr. John Millar, Mayor F.J. Conboy, Mr. Walter D. Jones, Dr. James T. Shotwell, Mrs. August Belmont, Mr. T.J. Watson, and the Honorable Cairine Wilson. Musical selections are by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and songs by Miss Lily Pons and Mr. Lawrence Tibbet. The fonds includes medals and pins, 1929-1953, predominant 1935-1937, that were awarded to Senator Cairene Wilson. The fonds contains prints relating to Senator Wilson's career including depictions of Senate Speaker Thomas Vien, autographed; Elisabeth Smeelie (?), signed; Ernest Lapointe by Ch. Maillard; Zoé Laurier. These were found in the textual records: Vol. 2 file 7 Manor House. The fonds also consists of blueprints, n.d., prepared by J.W. Ames, architect, Boston, Mass., of alterations to a barn and garage for Norman Wilson, Esq., Rockliffe, Ontario. These were found in the textual records: Vol. 2 file 7 Manor House. In addition, the fonds contains a portrait, ca. 1930, of the Hon. Cairine Wilson, seated, in oil, by the artist George Horne Russell (1866-1933).
    Additional name(s):
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Wilson, Cairine Reay Mackay, 1885-1962: Cairine Reay Wilson, senator, was born in 1885 at Montreal, Que., daughter of the Honourable Robert Mackay, Montreal businessman and Liberal Senator (1901-1916), and Jane Baptist. Her father was a partner of Mackay Bros. Wholesale Drygoods Merchants. Grandfather George Baptist was a pioneer lumberman at Trois-Rivières. In 1909, Cairine Reay Mackay married Norman F. Wilson, a lumber merchant, and former MP for Russell County, Ont. (1904-1908). Cairine Reay Wilson took an active interest in the Liberal Party and in numerous philanthropic organizations, and in 1930 William Lyon Mackenzie King appointed her Canada's first woman Senator. Senator Wilson was the first Chairman of Canada's National Committee on Refugees and Victims of Political Persecution, first and only President of the League of Nations in Canada, first woman delegate to the United Nations Assembly, and first honorary life member of the Canadian Association for Adult Education. Senator Wilson was for many years President of the Princess Alice Foundation for the Training and Development of Youth Leaders, and Honorary President of the Save the Children Fund. She was also associated with the Ottawa Welfare Bureau, the Ottawa Y.W.C.A., the Victorian Order of Nurses, the National Federation of Liberal Women and the Canadian Welfare Council. For her important work on behalf of refugee children, which included establishing liaison between the Canadian Welfare Council and the National Committee on Refugees, Senator Wilson was created a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the Government of France. She was a Dame of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and received honorary degrees from both Queen's and Acadia Universities. See also: The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, 1968.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records (Electronic) Finding aid. MSS0431 (90 90: Open)

    Medals, pins: (Electronic) Description; on line; item level.

    Medals, pins: (Paper) Medal inventory numbers: 5724, 5726, 5728, 5729, 5731, 5739, 5742 to 5746, 5749, 5754.

    Blueprints (923042 CA): (Paper) List; CA accession file; item level.

    Sound recordings: (Electronic) See MISACS for item-level descriptions.

    Architectural, technical drawings (Other) Please consult lower level descriptions. 923042. (90 90: Open)

    (Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90 90: Open)

    (Electronic) Les documents décrits ont été complètement ou en partie numérisés et sont disponibles à l'adresse suivante : (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Received in 1962 from the Wilson family and in 1986 from Cairine Wilson through Valerie Knowles of Ottawa, Ont.
    16 files containing oversize materials have been placed in horizontal storage.
    The portrait of the Hon. Cairine Wilson (accession 1997-212 DAP) was probably commissioned on the occasion of Senator Wilson's appointment to the senate in 1930. It was not accessioned when it first came into the National Archives. It apparently hung in the Minto Room for several years, and was only documented when it was photographed in 1953.
    Availability of other formats note:
    Textual records: The originals have been microfilmed and withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use microfilm reels, H-2299 to H-2305. Portrait painting (accession 1997-212 DAP): Copy negative available.
    Subject heading:
    Other system control no.:
    Related control no.:
    1955-043 NPC
    1955-043 PIC
    1962-0071 MISA
    1962-008 MED
    1962-071 NPC
    1997-212 DAP
    923042 CA
    Former archival reference no.:
    Other accession no.:
    923042 CA
  • Conditions of access:
    Terms of use:
    Photographs (description 156527): No donor restrictions. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.
    Sound recordings Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the donor. Copyright has expired.
    Medals, pins: No donor restrictions. Copyright: Various. Credit: National Archives of Canada / Accession 1962-008 (MED).
    Blueprints (923042 CA): To be determined.
    Portrait painting (accession 1997-212 DAP): No donor restrictions. Copyright: Expired. Crown copyright on reproductions. Credit: National Archives of Canada. Documents must be consulted under close supervision for conservation reasons.
    Textual records: The originals have been microfilmed and withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use microfilm reels, H-2299 to H-2305.
    Architectural, technical drawings: No restrictions. Credit Library and Archives Canada.

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