Miriam Green Ellis, Champion of the West
This catalogue introduces the work of pioneer woman journalist of Western Canada, Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964). By sampling the rich diversity of the Collection (published newspaper articles, photographs, coloured glass slides, manuscripts, diaries, and letters) she bequeathed to the University of Alberta, Miriam Green Ellis: Champion of the West invites you to see the way we were as Westerners almost a century ago. The Collection's cultural and ethnographic documents are unparalleled. Her journey by river steamer from Edmonton to Aklavik in 1922, along with the diary, travelogue, photo album, and coloured slides which launched and illustrated her subsequent "Land of the Midnight Sun" lectures, also secured her position as Western Editor for the Family Herald and Weekly Star. MGE's journalism steered clear of the women's page and society columns. The agricultural beat was her livelihood, and the West remained her emotional home.
Patricia Demers, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, has received numerous awards for her research and teaching. The author or editor of fifteen books and over fifty articles, Patricia Demers has served in senior positions with SSHRC and the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Edmonton.
Available at the University of Alberta Press: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca ($39.95 paper)
Also available from the University of Alberta Press:
Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West
Miriam Green Ellis
Editor: Patricia Demers
Demers revives the memory of journalist Miriam Green Ellis, an all-but-forgotten feminist, suffragist, and agricultural reporter who documented the modernist sphere for over four decades and who refused to be confined to the "women's pages." With written material from the University of Alberta's Miriam Green Ellis Collection, accompanied by an excellent selection of photographs, Ellis's inimitable voice and views on Albertans, westerners, and Canadians in the early decades of the twentieth century emerge clearly. Readers interested in Canadian women studies, journalism, or feminism will find Ellis's highly coloured perspective both entertaining and informative. ($34.95 paper)