MB: living and writing the early days of parks canada

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Explore the items in the MB Williams collection. Ranging from audio interviews, to photos, to personal correspondence.

  • At 176 pages, this is really more of a book than a tourist guidebook; parks commissioner JB Harkin had to defend its size and expense to his superiors. In its production design and its detailed examination of Jasper past and present, it is one of the…

    Published Works

  • The first guidebook under MB Williams' name, the first Parks Branch one of the 1920s, and still one of the loveliest. This is the fourth edition of a guide first published in 1921.

    Published Works

  • The first history of Parks Canada and of the Canadian national parks system was written and published in Great Britain. Williams never mentions her own part in that history.

    Published Works

  • Ottawa Tues. night Dear Mother Out at Miss Lees & having a nice rest. Spent the morning in bed. Yesterday was a hectic day. Finished packing in the morning, went to bank, office [pagebreak] & shopped. In afternoon Alison had a tea & I…

    Correspondence

  • 3270 W. 37th Friday Vancouver BC about 47 Dearest Rufus, It is somewhere between 5 & 6 in the morning but Morpheus seems to be off the job so I’ve had a cup of bedside coffee, very weak —and have had a look at the rose garden —…

    Correspondence

  • Western Union Telegram 1961 Jan 25 PM 12 37 AA086 SYB193 MOB175 MO GA186 15=CNY FD OTTAWA ONT 25 1151AME= W H COURTICE= 1025 SOUTH ATLANTICE AVE DAYTONA BEACH FLO= SHOULD MISS WILLIAMS WHEREABOUTS BE KNOWN PLEASE LET HER KNOW OF MRS HERRIDGES…

    Correspondence

  • Homeland Dear Forever O sunbright land, ‘neath northern skies, Land where hardy men may dwell, How can thy sons who hold thee dear Onehalf thy beauty tell. So rich in pine and leafy wood, In mountain, lake, and river, By mighty oceans triply…

    Miscellaneous

  • I remember, I remember the place where “Parks” was born The dirty wind was where no sun came creeping in at morn Yet 9 never came a wink too soon, nor brought too long a day For working under J.B.H. was less like work than play. There…

    Miscellaneous

  • 222 Clemow Ave Nov 23rd/41. My Dear M.B. What an assignment - to carry coals to Newcastle! I think the best way to answer your letter is to suggest you read a book entitled “Guardians of the Wild”, written by a person named…

    Correspondence

  • Dearest Zöe Come up to the garden, Zo.For the black old winter's gone (we hope)Come up to the garden, Zo,Tho’ the tulips and daffs are done,The mulberry tree is bursting in leaf,The roses are budding beyond belief,The little brown wren…

    Correspondence

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