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Charles Clay fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.38 m of textual records.
60 photographs 56 b&w.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence with authors and politicians, 1933-1968; Canadian Authors Association, 1927-1955; Canadian Author and Bookman, 1942-1947; Canadian Writers' Foundation, 1943-1949; Encyclopeadia Britannica, 1943-1948; the Grolier Society, 1942-1949; correspondence and printed material relating to the League of Nations Society, 1942-1944; the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, 1943-1947; C.B.C. script, 1952; correspondence relating to Fire Fighting in Canada, 1956-1966; and research and reference files relating to Clay's radio program, Teen-Age Book Parade, ca. 1952-1964. Fonds also contains photographs of a variety of subjects including activities of the Canadian Authors Association; various aspects of firefighting across Canada, 1949-1963; members of the League of Nations Society of Canada; photographs for the New Brunswick Travel Bureau of Fredericton, Baker Lake, and Grand Manan Island, and photos for the Ontario Department of Tourism and Information of Tobermory, Upper Canada Village, and Long Sault, [ca. 1967].

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
from 1 to 2
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions. Various copyright. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.

Textual records The finding aid consists of a digitized document that combines a manuscript list of song lyric titles by J.M. Gibbon and a typescript inventory of correspondence (total 15 p.) MSS0684 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Journalist, author and publisher, Charles Clay, was born in 1906, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During the 1920s he taught at Indian Reserve Schools in Northern Manitoba and was a United Church missionary. He received his B.A. in 1935 from Wesley college, University of Manitoba. He worked his way through university by reporting for the Winnipeg Tribune, and later by editorial writing for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he was literary editor from 1931 to 1941. During these ten years, Clay also wrote adventure and historical novels for boys. His first published volume, "Swampy Cree Legends" (1938), is a translation of tales in the oral tradition of the Swampy Cree northern Manitoba Native people. Unable to join the Canadian Air Force in 1940, he undertook various publicity assignments for the federal government, free-lanced on war topics for numerous Canadian and American journals and published a weekly syndicated column called the "Listening Post" which kept readers informed of Canada's war work. Clay was an active member of the Canadian Authors Association, acting as secretary and also as editor for the association's "Canadian Author and Bookman" publication from 1942 to 1946. Other organizations he was active in include the Canadian Writers' Foundation, The League of Nations Society and The Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He edited "Fire Fighting in Canada" and contributed articles to "Encyclopaedia Britannica" and Grolier's "Book of Knowledge Annual". From 1952 to 1964, Clay produced Teen-Age Book Parade, a weekly radio program intended to stimulate interest in reading among teens.

Additional information

Received in 1941 to 1968 from Charles Clay and transferred in 1971 from the National Library.

Subject heading

1. Encyclopedia Britannica - Records and correspondence, [1943-1948] "Radio and the King's Death", 1952.
2. Charles Clay - Correspondence, [1942-1949]
3. The Grolier Society - Records and correspondence, [1942-1949]
4. The Grolier Society of Canada - Records and correspondence, [1942-1949]
5. Grolier Society - Records and correspondence, [1942-1949]
6. League of Nations Society - Annual meetings, [1942-1944]
7. Canadian Institute of International Affairs - Records and correspondence, [1943-1947]
8. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (C.B.C) - Radio Scripts, 1952.
9. Fire extinction - Canada, [1956-1966]
10. Canadian Authors Association - Records and correspondence, [1927-1955]
11. Canadian Authors Association - Reports, [1927-1955]
12. Canadian Author and Bookman - Records and correspondence, [1942-1947]
13. Canadian Writer's Foundation - Records and correspondence, 1943-1949.
14. Association, institutions, etc. - Canada, [1927-1968]
15. Authors, Canadian, [1927-1968]
16. Authors, [1927-1968]


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1961-035 NPC
2. 1967-111 NPC
3. 1971-315 NPC
4. 1973-403 NPC
5. 1975-425 NPC
6. 1976-249 NPC
7. 1977-147 NPC
8. MG30-D30