Fonds F0302 - True Davidson fonds

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True Davidson fonds

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  • Textual record
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3.17 m of textual records
ca. 350 photographs : b&w and colour ; 35 x 27 cm or smaller
1 audio disc
1 black belt

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Jean Gertrude "True" Davidson (1901-1978), author and politician, was born in Hudson, Quebec, attended Victoria College (Victoria University, Toronto) in 1917 where she earned her B.A., and received her M.A. from University of Toronto in 1925. Davdison was a school teacher, author of children's books, and an editor and sales agent for textbook publisher J.M. Dent and Sons. She was also a civic official prior to the start of her political career as a school trustee in East York, Ontario in 1947. She sat on the East York School Board for ten years and served as Alderwoman, Reeve (1960-1966), and mayor (1966-1971) on the East York Council for eleven years. Davidson was less successful in provincial politics, twice failing to win election as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) candidate in the 1950s, and as a Liberal candidate in 1971. Davidson was the author of several titles including, 'Canada in story and song,' (1927), 'Muses of the modern day and other days' (1931), and 'Golden strings,' (1973).

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The fonds consists of literary and academic manuscripts collected or written by True Davidson, research files, political files, files related to the Bootmakers (Sherlock Holmes club), correspondence files, personal files, newspaper clippings, photographs, journals/yearbooks, and a scrapbook regarding True Davidson's years as the mayor of East York, as well as her black belt in karate.

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Bequeathed to York University at the time in Davidson's will.


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  • English
  • French
  • German

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Some files are in German and may be in French or English and French.

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No restrictions on access.

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 1978-004. Further accruals are expected.

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2002/04/04 Jizi Chen:. Word Perfect (Creation)
2002/04/04 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist.
2003/04/16 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals, access restrictions.
2013/11/12 Dubeau. Added link to file list for 1978-004. Updated source of immediate acquisition.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2020/04/21 E. Corbett-Nicholson. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.

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  • English


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