Mary Anderson fonds. - - Publications.- Poetry - - 1971-1986. - - 4cm of textual records.
Mary Anderson ( 1882-1980 ) was born on Saltspring Island to a family in which her father , a Cambridge student, tutored her as there was little opportunity for schooling. She was married and had one child, a daughter, Margaret. They moved to Powell River in 1928 where Mary was in charge of the Riverside Men’s Club as a cook. When it closed in the 1930’s she worked for 13 years in the staff quarters on Walnut Ave, across from Walnut Lodge. She and her husband separated. She retired from work in the mid – 1950’s and lived in Westview. She was a socialist supporting the CCF ( Co-operative Commenwealth Federation ) and later the NDP party (New Democratic Party ) . She was a member of the Unitarian Fellowship and the Voice of Women. She also worked on courses that were from the University of British Columbia Extension Department. She began writing poetry when she was eighty years of age.
The fonds consists of poetry written by Mary Anderson. Includes four publications of her work.
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Series: Publications –Publications. - - 1971-1986 – 4 cm of textual records.
The series consist of three separate publications of Anderson’s poetry and one compilation of the three books with the addition of unpublished material. Progress of Madness in 1971, Saltspring Island in 1977,, Mary’s Muligatawny in 1977. A fourth publication of the above named books including unpublished poems, edited by Martin Rossander, was released after her death by her daughter in 1986. The poetry is based on questions to be asked of God, nature, family and friends. The art work was provided by Sylvia Tebutt and Rene Zeitz.

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Accession number 1997.11