Fonds MG 4169 - Sophy L. Elliott Fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Sophy L. Elliott Fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

CA MUA MG 4169

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1942-1962 (Creation)
    Elliott, Sophy L.

Physical description area

Physical description

1.7 m of textual records
170 sketches
3 scrapbooks
170 photographs
120 negatives

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(approximately 1881-1963)

Biographical history

Sophy L. Elliott, a well known Montreal writer, artist, lecturer, radio commentator and community activist, was born in Montreal in 1881 or 1882, and lived in the city most of her life. She studied music, however due to an illness, she turned to painting, and after a number of her paintings were exhibited in the Gallery of the Montreal Art Association. Her acquaintances included Mona Elliott, who served as a nurse in World War One. She was on the executive board of the Canadian Author’s Association and worked for fifteen years as newspaper person. She wrote for various magazines in Montreal and in England, authored historical articles, commentaries, and was also the fashion editor of the Montreal Star. While studying Canadian history she became interested in the role of women in the period of the French settlement along the St. Lawrence River. For example, she was the author and illustrator of the book Women Pioneers of North America (1941). Mrs. Elliott was the founder of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during World War II. She died in 1963 in Montreal.

Custodial history

Scope and content

The fonds documents the role of an active, involved community leader, specifically with a focus in Montreal. The fonds consists of correspondence (1901-1962); undated manuscripts, poems and other writings; drafts of articles (including ‘Women Pioneers of North America’, ‘Saints, Sinners and Settlers’, ‘The Mock Marriage’); sketch books and loose sketches (charcoal, pencil, ink, and watercolor); newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, historical notes and Elliot’s collections of religious and tourism brochures and postcards. Significant is Sophy’s correspondence with her sister Mona Elliott, a nurse serving in a British unit during World War I and largely unidentified photographs of Mona Elliot of WWI hospital staff. Also included are volumes of The Beaver (“Canada’s Magazine of the North”).

The scrapbooks illustrate the emergence of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve Corps (known as the Canadian Beavers) in Montreal and Sophy Elliot’s association as acting commanding officer with the organization’s rank of major in 1940.

Photographs (portraits) of Sophy Elliot have been described as part of the University Archives photograph collection. Photographs of Elliot family and Mona Elliot’s WWI hospital remain with the textual records.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Accession 1992-0066 was transferred from Queen's University Archives on 9 October 1992. Accession 2006-0089 was transferred from the National Archive of Quebec on 17 May 2006.


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Box Listing available

Associated materials

Related materials


General note

Handwritten and typescript

Alternative identifier(s)

Accession nos.

1992-0066; 2006-0089

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres