Fonds PHO-C81 - Frances McColl fonds

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Frances McColl fonds

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  • [ca.1850]-1960 (Creation)

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3 b&w photographs
1 colour photograph

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Frances McColl was a Home Economics student at the University of Manitoba from 1934 to 1938. Following her graduation, she would spend 36 years as a home economics teacher in British Columbia and Manitoba. After her retirement, Ms. McColl was able to devote more time to researching and documenting her family history and she published two books on the topic. Ebenezer McColl, Friend to the Indians, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Manitoba and Northwest Territories: A Biography, 1835-1902 detailed her grandfather's career. Vignettes of Early Winnipeg featured letters and sketches created by Ms. McColl's mother, Edith Durand McColl, between 1912 and 1926. The sketches and letters were excerpted from Edith's correspondence to her parents at home in Southampton, Pennsylvania.

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These photographs were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Frances McColl in 1984.

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The collection consists of: a small 'ferrotype' portrait bust of a woman (identified as 'Cousin Maria, Mrs. Murphy, Maria Bolart' in a caption verso) encased in a gilt frame and mounted on a carte de visite card, ca.1850 - 1860; a small b&w print of a woman, identified as Edith Durand McColl, wearing an elaborate hat, ca. 1902; a b&w snapshot of Edith D. McColl on board the S.S. Keenora en route to Norway House, ca.1929; and a colour snapshot of a woman modeling a quilted robe (which was given to Ella Beebe McColl by her husband, Ebeneezer McColl around 1880), ca.1968.

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Items remain in the order in which they were originally accessioned.

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No reproduction or publication without the permisison of the Costume Museum of Canada.

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The finding aids for these photographs are the catalogue cards for PHO-C81 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The small portrait bust measures 2 x 2.5 cm in its gilt frame and is mounted on a white card which measures 6 x 10 cm. The small snapshot measures 3.2 x 3.4 cm and shows the head and shoulders only. The snapshot of Edith McColl has been cropped and measures 11.2 x 6 cm. The colour snapshot measures 6.3 x 9 cm.

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