MSS SC 55
Title: Florence Nightingale Sherk fonds
Extent: 4 cm of textual records
Biographical Sketch: Florence Nightingale Sherk
was born in 1865. Sherk became well known as a "woman journalist"
in Winnipeg often publishing under the pseudonym "Gay Page." In
1919 she published a collection of her poetry entitled The workshops
and other poems. With compilation by "Gay Page." Sherk also
published biographical articles of Donald Ross for the Smithsonian
Institute and The Beaver magazine. In 1930 Sherk published
a series of articles entitled "Real Letters from Red River" in the
Manitoba Free Press. In her series Sherk excerpted letters
sent to the Ross's that discussed aspects of Manitoba history. Sherk
utilized the Donald Ross letters, then held by Donald Ross's granddaughter,
Mrs. George A. Graham of Fort William, Ontario. Sherk died in 1930
shortly after the publication of the series.
Custodial History: The custodial history of this
fonds prior to coming to the University of Manitoba Archives &
Special Collections is unavailable. This fonds was also at one point
entitled Winnipeg Free Press "Real Letters from Red River"
but was renamed the Florence Nightingale Sterk fonds to reflect
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of two folders.
Folder 1 contains letters to Sherk relating to her research on prominent
Hudson Bay company fur traders Bernard Rogan Ross and Donald Ross,
notably with a view to the publication of the letters to and from
Donald Ross; included is a fragment of a holograph letter to Ross
from Sir James Douglas. Folder 2 contains pages from the Manitoba
Free Press (15 March - 21 June 1930) carrying 7 articles "Real
letters from "Red River"", compiled by Sherk from the Ross correspondence.
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: Open to all researchers.
Finding Aid: Printed finding aid is available.