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CLAY, CHARLES, 1906-1980

Charles Clay fonds. - 1953-1967. - 12 cm of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Journalist, author and publisher, Charles Clay was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1906. He received his B.A. in 1935 from Wesley College, University of Manitoba. He worked his way through university by reporting for the Winnipeg Tribune, and later by editorial writing for the Winnipeg Free Press where he was literary editor from 1931 to 1941. During these ten years, Clay also wrote adventure and historical novels for boys. His first published volume, Swampy Cree Legends (1938), is a translation of tales in the oral tradition of the Swampy Cree northern Manitoba Native people. Unable to join the Canadian Air Force in 1940, he undertook various publicity assignments for the federal government, free-lanced on war topics for numerous Canadian and American journals and published a weekly syndicated column called the Listening Post which kept readers informed of Canada's war work. Clay was Secretary of the Canadian Authors Association and editor of the periodical the Canadian Author, from 1942 to 1946. From 1952 to 1956, Clay produced Teen-age Book Parade, a weekly radio program intended to stimulate interest in reading among teens.

Scope and Content

The Charles Clay fonds includes correspondence, clippings, typescripts for the radio broadcasts of Teen-age Book Parade, book lists, biographical and subject files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Charles Clay in 1967. [1967-01]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: preliminary inventory available.

Associated Material: Charles Clay fonds (MUS39) in the Music Manuscript Collection (National Library of Canada); Charles Clay fonds (MG30 D30) in the Manuscript Division (National Archives of Canada).

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