Fonds 96-006 - Mary Louise Northway fonds

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Mary Louise Northway fonds

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  • 1930-1995 (Creation)
    Northway, Mary Louise

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6.5 cm of textual records.
4 photographs.

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Dr. Mary Louise Northway, born in 1909, was the daughter of A. Garfield Northway and Mary McKellar and the granddaughter of John Northway, founder of the Northway Company Limited and John Northway and Son Limited.

Mary was educated in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto, (B.A. 1933, M.A. 1934, and Ph.D. 1938). Mary did her graduate work at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Northway taught psychology at the University of Toronto from 1934 to 1968, and the last fifteen years of her tenure were as Supervisor of Research at the Institute of Child Study. She also earned international recognition as a pioneer in the field of Sociometry. From 1950 to 1963, she was the president of the Northway Company Limited.

Among the many honours bestowed upon Dr. Northway were: Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camping Association, and an Honorary Degree from Trent University in 1979. Throughout her life, Mary was involved in camping and she believed in the value of Canadian summer camping and tripping. She was the program director of Glen Bernard Camp from 1930 to 1939 and, with Flora Morrison, was co-director of a girls' camp called Windy Pine Point, from 1941 to 1950.

Dr. Mary L. Northway died in 1987. In her will she left to Trent University its largest private benefaction to be known as the Northway Bequest in memory of her father, Garfield Northway. This bequest provided permanent support towards a number of areas: Trent University Archives, Bata Library, and the Canadian Studies Department.

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The fonds was in the custody of Margaret Van Every before it was donated, via Professor Tom Whillans of Trent University, to the Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence from Mary Northway to Mally Gibson, and between Mary Northway and Margaret Van Every. There are also papers and booklets written by Mary Northway as well as miscellaneous newspaper clippings and photographs.

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The fonds was donated by Margaret Van Every.


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For related records see the Northway family fonds (80-022, 86-009, 90-016) and Northway Company Ltd fonds (70-003). Related records can also be found in the Canadian Camping Association fonds, Society of Camp Directors fonds, and Ontario Camping Association fonds.


99-1006 is an addition to the fonds.

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1: Correspondence: Mary Northway to Mally Gibson 1930-1931 (also includes Mary's correspondence sent in "Bulletin" form)

2: Correspondence: Mary Northway and Margaret Van Every 1981 (includes Flora M. Morrison estate document dated March 1981)

3: Papers, booklets, etc. written by Mary Northway: - Conversations at Caledon: Some Reminiscences of the Blatz Era / Dorothy Millichamp with Mary L. Northway, 1977 - William Emet Blatz 1895-1964 / M.L.N., Jan. 1965 - A Bibliography of Sociometric Studies, 1957 - Sociometric Testing / M.L.N. & Lindsay Weld, 1966

  • Faster, Faster

  • The Sociometry of Society: Some Facts and Fancies - Camping was Always an Adventure

  • Nominigan: The Early Years, 1970 (autographed)

  • Mary's Party (autographed)

  • It's Fun to Cook Out / Mary L. Northway and Flora M. Morrison

  • Our Train: By One Who Loves It (original manuscript plus published article), 1934

  • Psychology for Camp Counsellors, June 1937

  • Mary S. Edgar 1889-1973

  • So Went the Summer (3 parts: parts 1 & 3 are published copies, and part 2 is typescript), 1945

  • Echoes and Reflections of Flora M. Morrison 1912-1981 (note inside cover written by Mary to Mally, 1984; two photographs stapled inside back cover, one of Flora and ?, 1972, and one of an Algonquin Park Picnic with Mary W., Flora, Mary N. and Betty W., c1930; also inserted is newspaper article regarding the Morrison Choral Fund, 1983)

  • A Light for Your Camp: Nora Bailey, 1910-1951

4: Newspaper clippings and articles 1970- 1995 (includes obituaries of Marion (Mally) Gibson 1995, and of Mary Northway 1987)

5: Miscellaneous:

  • Rosedale Heights letterhead

  • Trent University convocation program, June 1 1979 (Mary received her Doctor of Letters from Trent) - inserted loosely are invitations from Trent relating to convocation, some of which are to Margot Thompson

  • calendar for 1937 with photo of several women on front (Mally Gibson is the 3rd person from the left)

  • Balhen Chipnor Gang field day program

  • paper entitled Peru: A Paradise or a Problem (Stenographic report of speech delivered in Classy Hall - Hiram Falls

  • Nov. 31, 1932) by Theophilus Prune

  • one typescript and one handwritten copy (unidentified photo of man in formal clothing attached)

  • Glen Bernard Camp Alumnae list, Dec. 1981

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