Archival Documents

Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum fonds [graphic material]

Creation Date(s): 1921-1922

Physical Description:
1 album of 196 photographs : b&w prints

Bio Sketch / Admin History:
Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum was the daughter of missionaries. She was born on June 20, 1895, at Murash in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). MacCallum graduated from Queen's University and Columbia, after which she taught school in Dawson City, Yukon, between 1921 and 1922.

Following her short stay in the North, MacCallum worked for the Foreign Policy Association in New York City, as well as with the League of Nations Society in Ottawa. In 1942 she took employment with the Department of External Affairs, where she remained for the rest of her career.

Chargé d'affaires in Beirut in 1954, MacCallum was the first woman head of mission, as well as a respected Middle Eastern specialist and scholar. Following her retirement she spent four years in Turkey before settling in Ottawa. Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum died in Ottawa on June 12, 1985.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of one black paper album containing 196 black and white photographs taken by Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum during her time working as a teacher in Dawson City between 1921 and 1922.

The photographs in this fonds depict a wide-range of social and leisure activities, Dawson area landscapes, as well as some First Nation cultural and economic activities.

Accession Number(s): 2012.12

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