Fonds - Lily McCargar fonds

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Lily McCargar fonds

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  • 1898-1981 (Creation)
    McCargar, Lily

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28 cm of textual records and other material

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Lily May McCargar was born on December 14, 1887 at Maxville, Ontario. She was educated in Ontario and attended the Margaret Eaton School of Literature and Expression in Toronto. She moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in 1909 to teach English to members of the Chinese Methodist Mission Church. She joined the Woman’s Missionary Society in 1921 as a mission worker, and was sent to Vancouver to work with the kindergarten at the Chinese Methodist Church (which came under The United Church of Canada in 1925). In 1933, she chose to use her year of furlough by traveling to China to study Cantonese. Before returning to Canada, she visited Jerusalem, Egypt, German, and the United Kingdom. During a second furlough, she attended the lectures at the Canadian School of Missions and at Emmanuel College in Toronto. Lily McCargar died on November 6, 1947 at Vancouver.

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Records came into the possession of Joyce Toplady and donated to the Archives via Margaret Prang of UBC's History Department.

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Fonds consists of the following record series: Woman’s Missionary Society correspondence (1921-1947, 1981); Personal correspondence and memorabilia (1918-1950, 1981); Diaries and scrap books (1933-1946); Study notes (1941); Poetry and literature (1989, 1923-1938); Photographs (1927-1946).

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Records were donated to the Archives in two installments: first by Joyce Toplady (via Margaret Prang of UBC's History Department) on February 11, 1985; second by Ann Gorseth (granddaughter of McCargar's brother, Fred) on January 22, 1999.


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Created December 16, 2015

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  • English

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