Fonds A 37 - Dr. Mary Isabel Mackey Kelly collection

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Dr. Mary Isabel Mackey Kelly collection

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CA ON00318 A 37

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  • [196-]-1980 (Creation)

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63 cm of textual records

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Mary Isabel Mackey Kelly (b. in Thornbury, Ontario ca. 1898-d. Sept 1987) was a teacher at Port Arthur Collegiate Institute from 1922 to 1962 and retired as head of the mathematics department. She was educated at Meaford and the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1919 with a degree in mathematics and physics. She earned her M.A. in those subjects from the U. of T. in 1920 and later received a Ph.D. Lack of opportunities for female physicists led her to become a high school teacher. She was known as a "strict disciplinarian" in her approach to teaching. She served as a trustee on the Lakehead Board of Education from at least 1968-1970. She married John Kelly in 1961-1962 and died in Sept. 1987. Her principal hobby was collecting material for a history of the Port Arthur school system and, in particular, Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and its forerunners.

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Collection consists of material compiled by Dr. Mary Isabel Mackey Kelly relating to the Port Arthur school system from 1970 to 1980 with the intention of producing a book on the subject. The book never came about but the collection of notes and manuscripts, almost all of which she transcribed and typed herself from the originals, remains in the form of binders. There are two series in total. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Series A 37/1/1-2 - Manuscripts - 46cm - ca.1960-1980 Series A 37/2/1-4 - Notes - 17cm - ca.1960-1980

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Donated to TBHMS by Mr. Ed. Williams, 1987


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See photos 987.49.1+

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