Fonds F0582 - Ruth McVeigh fonds

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Ruth McVeigh fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Sound recording
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  • 1961-2006, predominant 1989-2000 (Creation)
    McVeigh, Ruth

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0.04 m of textual material
3 audio cassettes : (ca. 40 min.)
1 felt banner, 6 buttons

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Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ruth McVeigh worked as a cub reporter for the Halifax Mail, before moving in her late teens with her family to Bordon Ontario. After marrying Casey Jones, a naval officer and psychiatrist, Ruth Jones settled in Orillia Ontario where she continued to contribute articles to the Toronto Star. After hearing a presentation by John Fisher, Jones was inspired to start a local festival dedicated to folk music. After several successful years organizing and running the Mariposa folk festival Jones left Orillia and moved to New York City and later Vancouver. She would later remarry in 1969 and publish two books, "Fogswamp"(1976) and "Close Harmony" (1984), and a self-published memoir "Shifting Ground". During this period she also wrote for the Campbell River newspaper and the North Island Gazette. The McVeighs spent time in Guyana in the early 1970s, and upon their return, McVeigh served as an assistant to NDP MP Jim Manly. McVeigh currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Fonds consists of news clippings and correspondence related to the Mariposa Folk Festival, which Ruth (Jones) McVeigh founded in 1961. Also includes three audio cassettes of recordings from the 1961 festival as well as festival buttons from various festivals and a felt banner from the 1963 festival.

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Donated by Ruth McVeigh in 2010 and 2011.


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Related records may be found in the Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds (F0511), which includes an accession originally donated by Ruth McVeigh to Library Archives Canada.


The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2010-047, 2011-013, and 2012-063. Further accruals may be expected.

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2010/11/01 Anna St.Onge:. (Creation)
2010/11/01 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2012/03/01 Anna St.Onge. Updating links to pdf finding aid. Adding links for new accession 2011-013. Extent is minimal (0.02 cm of textual material).
2012/03/01 Anna St.Onge. Corrected link to pdf finding aid.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2018/12/10 KCP, N. Roz. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2019/08/14 KCP. Updated accruals note to include 2012-063.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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