Donations & Acquisitions in the 2000's
The largest and most significant donation received by the LMMI in the past decade is the Ryrie-Campbell Collection, a treasurer trove of more than 700 items gathered by Montgomery collector and bibliographer Dr. Donna Jane Campbell. Highlights of the collection include a first-edition, first-impression Anne of Green Gables, part of a complete run of early North American editions of Montgomery's work. Another important element is the exceptional collection of British, Australian, and non-English language editions (more than 30 languages and countries are represented). The collection will also soon grow to incorporate Dr. Campbell's peerless selection of hundreds of original periodicals from the 1900s containing Montgomery short stories and poems.
Other significant donations are highlighted below.
A pair of pyjamas owned by Chester Cameron Macdonald were donated by his son David Macdonald. The pyjamas were worn by Chester at age 12 while he attended boarding school at St. Andrew's.
Two 1918 photographs of the Macneill homestead in Cavendish, a short handwritten essay describing the visit to the site, and one of Montgomery's personal postcards were donated by Catherine Hennessey of Charlottetown. The essay, titled "Green Gables," mistakenly associates the author's home with the fictional home of Anne Shirley: "The old Montgomery home, reputed "Green Gables," was situated in Cavendish near the North shore of Prince Edward Island, and has now, I am told, entirely disappeared into its cellar."
Playbill from the 1994 production of Don Hannah's The Wooden Hill, a play based on Montgomery's journals, was donated by Ian Scott of UPEI. The rare sheet music for "When It's Summer at Green Gables," a 1942 tribute written for L.M. Montgomery, was donated by David Weale of UPEI.
A Grosset and Dunlap edition of Anne of Avonlea (1918) was donated by Joan Craig of Brantford, Ontario. The book was given to her in the 1950s by an acquaintance of Montgomery's, a Miss Coventry who knew Montgomery when she lived in Norval, Ontario. This printing of the book is important because it is one of the earliest pirated editions. A letter written by Montgomery to an Island acquaintance, Mrs. J. O. MacCallum, was donated by her niece Marjorie Rogers. The letter, dated 6 October 1930, is an apology to Mrs. McCallum for not being able to keep an engagement that day due to health problems. It was written while Montgomery was visiting her friend Laura Pritchard Agnew in Saskatchewan.
A letter written by Montgomery to a fan, Miss Shirley Ann Colcord, was donated by sisters Lucile Illsley, Marsha Illsley Milberry, and April Illsley Reese of Nova Scotia in memory of their mother, the late Mrs. Shirley Ann Colcord Illsley. In the letter, dated 1938, Montgomery expresses her appreciation for her fan mail, comments on Rilla of Ingleside, and provides a list of her published books.
An obituary clipping from The Tribune dated 24 April 1942 was donated by Rowena Stinson of Charlottetown.
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Montgomery Conference 2014 -- Call for Proposals!
Planning is already underway for the next Montgomery Conference, "L.M. Montgomery and War". This eleventh biennial offering of the Institute's International Conference will take place at UPEI June 26th - 29th, 2014. Please note that the deadline for proposals has moved up this year, to June 15th, 2013.
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