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Josephine Phelan fonds. - 1922-1980. - 45 cm of textual record and graphic material.

Biographical Sketch

Librarian and writer, Josephine Phelan was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1905. She earned an honours degree in modern history (B.A., 1926) and a M.A. in history from the University of Toronto. She attended the Ontario College of Education, taught high school briefly, and went on to work for a couple of publishing houses in Montreal. She obtained her degree in library science from the University of Toronto in 193l, and embarked on a 12-year career with the Toronto Public Library (1943-1965). While working as a librarian, Phelan began writing stories for young people, scholarly articles and biographical studies. Her first important work of historical fiction The Ardent Exile: The Life and Times of D'Arcy McGee (195l), won a Governor General's Literary Award for creative non-fiction and the University of British Columbia's Medal for Popular Biography. Other publications include The Boy Who Ran Away (1954), and The Bold Heart: The Story of Father Lacombe (1956).

Scope and Content

The Josephine Phelan fonds documents her private life. The fonds includes manuscripts of unpublished novels and short stories, diaries, family photographs, sketch books and correspondence with Norah Story (1902-1978) and Paul Martin (1903- ), among others. There are no manuscripts of her published works or documents concerning her career as a librarian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from the family of Josephine Phelan. [1982-07]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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