Fonds MSS 115 - Mary Lile Benham fonds

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Mary Lile Benham fonds

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  • 1929-1990 (Creation)

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1.3 m of textual records.
17 photographs.
2 slides.
2 negatives.

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Biographical history

Mary Lile Love Benham was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1935. She was the grand-daughter of Edward L. Drewry who founded the first brewery in Winnipeg and was an early City of Winnipeg Councillor. Benham was a writer for most of her life. She received her first cheque from Chatelaine for a poem she had written at age fifteen. She also published in university student newspapers. Upon graduation she did freelance radio work. She co-authored Winnipeg (1974), and wrote Manitoba Club: 1874-1974 (1974), Nellie McClung (1975), Paul Kane (1977), La Verendrye (1980), and Once More Unto the Breach (1982). Other writings include puppet plays, short stories, articles, book reviews, and poems published in several popular magazines. She served as Director of the Canadian Writers' Foundation and was awarded "Woman of the Year" by the YWCA in 1984.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Hugh Avery Benham in 1991.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of typescripts of most of Mary Benham's unpublished works. Many of the manuscripts are accompanied by research notes and correspondence. Also included are sketches, plays, agreements, presentations, poems, a scrapbook, published articles, news clippings, and memorabilia. The photograph collection consists of 17 photographs, 2 slides, and 2 negatives.

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  • English

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There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room.

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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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Photograph Collection

PC 115

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  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0001
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0002
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0003
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0004
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0005
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0006
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0007
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0008
  • Box: A1991-004, Box 0009
  • Folder: A1991-004, File 0001 PC
  • Folder: A1991-004, File 0002 PC
  • Folder: A1991-004, File 0003 PC