Call Number: Mss 115, Pc 115
Title: Mary Lile Benham fonds.
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
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of typescripts of most of her unpublished works.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
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room.