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Martha Louise Black fonds

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Martha Louise Black fonds

Title Notes 


Title based on provenance of the fonds.

Level of Description 



Dates of Creation 


1898-1975, 1986

Physical Description 


406 photographs
0.20 m of textual records
1 audio reel : (0:14:56) : 19 cm/sec (Scotch)
1 microfilm reel

Scope and Content 


The fonds consists of material created and collected by Martha Black.

Glass lantern slides (308) with scenes of the Yukon were used by Martha Black in slideshows she presented to the public, often when travelling outside the Yukon. The slides are described in the Photograph Collection series (82/294). A photograph album contains family photographs and Dawson City scenes. There are also 19 loose photographs of the Blacks and their friends (82/218).

Also included is Martha Black's typescript of her book "My Seventy Years", correspondence, her House of Commons diary, speech notes, postcards and calling cards (82/218).

The audio reel consists of Florence Whyard interviewing Martha Black in 1956 for CBC's Trans-Canada Matinee (82/218).

There is also an original drawing, and two colour "Artistic Botanical Studies of Real Pressed Flowers" drawn by Martha Black and printed in postcard format (80/158).

The microfilm is of a scrapbook she created of the Blacks' overseas experiences during World War I (82/234).

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


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Black, Martha Louise Munger Purdy, 1866-1957
Whyard, Flo, 1917-2012

Custodial History 


The Whitehorse Chapter of the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire (IODE) were custodians of the glass lantern slides. They donated the slides to the Yukon Archives in 1982 (82/294).
Florence Whyard donated the textual material, the photograph album, her sound recordings with Martha Black, and the accompanying booklets in 1977 (82/218).
Janet Ireland donated postcards and the original drawing by Martha Black in 1980 (80/158).
The microfilm copy of the original scrapbook was received from Public Archives of Canada in 1986 (82/234).

Restrictions on Access 


If the taped interview is quoted, credit should be given to Florence Whyard and the CBC. There are no donor-imposed restrictions on the remaining material. General copyright or institutional or legal restrictions may apply.



The original scrapbook was donated to the Yukon Archives in 1982 and returned to MacBride Museum in 2008 (82/234). In 1986 the scrapbook was sent to the Public Archives of Canada to be microfilmed as the original was very fragile and it had national significance.

Published booklets written by Martha Black titled "Klondike Days", "Two Royal Elizabeths", and "The Birth of the Empire" were transferred to the Yukon Archives Library.

The postcards are stored with the textual records.

Physical Description Notes 


Includes 308 glass lantern slides; 1 album containing 73 photographs; and 19 b&w prints.

Availability of Other Formats 


Audio cassette listening copy of the sound recording was made in 1989.

The sound recording was digitized as a Production Master for access in 2008.

Finding Aid 


In 1983 Yukon Archives produced a Bibliography of Sources for Martha Louise Black.

A typed list of the material donated by Florence Whyard is available.

Inventory of the photographs for 82/294 is available (Inventory #25).

Related Material 


See also the George Black fonds with films and photographs, and the Roy S. Minter fonds, 92/15, with George Black photograph albums.

The John (Jack) E. and Rilla Hay Pickering fonds (81/110) contains a photograph album put together by Martha Black and given to Angus McIntyre.

Two accessions contain original artwork by Martha Black. Accession 97/51 has nine dried floral arrangements with water colour sketches (Original Art 54-62). The Frederick and Sybel Collins collection has three pastel paintings of wildflowers (82/440, Original Art 63-65).



80/158, 82/218, 82/234, 82/294

Specific Location 


3239-3546 (82/294) : Catalogued photographs and Z/2/6-7 glass plate negative storage
PHO 16 (82/218) : Photographs
MSS 41 (82/218) : Textual records
MSS 41A (82/218) : Textual records
MSS 123 (80/158) : Textual records
MF 62 (82/234) : Microfilm
O-11 (80/158) : Original art
SR 55 (1) (82/218) : Sound recordings

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