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Call Number: Mss 115, Pc 115

Title: Mary Lile Benham fonds.

Dates: 1929-1990.

Extent: 1.3 m of textual records. -- 21 photographs.

Biographical sketch: 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Scope and content: The Mary Benham fonds consists of typescripts of most of her unpublished works.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.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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


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