Fonds glen-1224 - Monica Hopkins fonds

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Monica Hopkins fonds

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GLEN glen-1224

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  • 1900-1957, predominant 1909-1911 (Creation)
    Hopkins, Monica

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8 cm of textual records. -- 39 photographs

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Amy Monica Maggs, 1884-1974, was born in Dorset, England. She emigrated to Montreal, Quebec with her family in 1900, and then back to England in 1903. She married Francis William Robert "Billie" Hopkins, 1879-1948, in 1909 and they settled on a horse ranch 16 kms southwest of Priddis, Alberta which Billie had set up in 1902. In 1918 they moved closer to Priddis and kept sheep and a dairy. Monica was involved in the St. James Women's Auxiliary and the Priddis-Westoe Women's Institute. In 1943 she and Billie moved to an acreage near Red Deer, and after his death she lived in Ireland, Black Diamond, and Calgary.

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The fonds consists of her manuscript (written in the 1940s) about ranch life near Priddis taken from 1909-1911 letters; marriage certificate, autobiographical notes, passport, birth certificate and form, and manuscript called "Big Ben Woman" (ca. 1950). Also consists of photographs of Monica, Billie and the Priddis ranches (ca. 1900-1951).

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Gifts of Monica Hopkins, Mrs. Vair Anderson, and Mrs. W.G.M. Steele, 1961-1982.


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  • The material is in English.

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Her manuscript based on her 1909-1911 letters was published as Letters From a Lady Rancher / Monica Hopkins. - Calgary : Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1982.

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Correspondence about the publication of the book is in the Sheilagh Jameson fonds at Glenbow (M 8119, file 245).

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Record No. M 536;M 5951;M 6189;PA 397;PA 2336;PC 192;NA 4194<br><br>

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