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Annie Holiday Pelletier Fonds
Annie Holiday Pelletier was among the first women to graduate from McGill University, receiving the Logan Gold Medal for natural sciences in 1899. Born to Elise Rondeau and William Moore Holiday in Rawdon Quebec in 1878, Annie Holiday taught French until her marriage to Alexis Désiré Pelletier, B.A. (Dartmouth), M.A. (McGill), B.C.L. (McGill) in 1909. Both Annie and Alexis were active in public affairs, campaigning for the Conservative and Liberal parties, respectively, in the 1921 Federal election. Annie Holiday Pelletier continued her interest in politics as President of the N.D.G. Women’s Conservative Club, and the N.D.G. Women’s Club from 1923-1925. She completed her M.A. at McGill in Household Science in 1917. Annie Holiday Pelletier’s mother, Elise Rondeau, published the pamphlet “Quelques pages de ma vie racontées à mes élèves” in 1898. She was an educator and along with her husband ran a general store in Rawdon Quebec.
The majority of this collection is correspondence between Annie Holiday Pelletier and her parents Elise and William Holiday. The collection also includes correspondence with and between other family members, photographs, genealogical and biographical information, and miscellaneous material about the Rondeau, Holiday, and Pelletier families. Included is an early written exchange, circa 1864, between Elise Rondeau and a local parish priest who disagree on religious freedom and the interpretation of a biblical passage. The correspondence between Annie and her parents, including the period in which she is a student at McGill, is written in French (from and to her mother) and English (from and to her father). This correspondence provides a vital resource on early student life and the day-to-day concerns of a young woman living away from home in late 19th Montreal. The correspondence is rich in its detail and frankness on matters of family life, conflict, and religious and educational issues.
Deposited by Dave Pelletier, 25 August 2000
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Johanne Pelletier 01/08/2000