Collection P229 - Helen M. Emery collection

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Helen M. Emery collection

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    CA ETRC P229

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    • 1888-1959 (Creation)

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    0.45 l.m. of textual records.

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    Biographical history

    Helen Marilla Sweeney, daughter of John Sweeney and Sarah Hovey-Chamberlain, was born 5 November 1850 in Hatley, Quebec. She married Richard Emery (1842-1911) on 12 October 1870 and together they had three children: Emily Pauline (b. 1873), Frank (d. in infancy), and Sadie M. (1877-1961). In adulthood, Helen and her husband converted to Christian Science and were members of the Christian Science Church in Boston, Massachusetts. She was also a proponent of temperance and a charter member of the Stanstead County Women's Christian Temperance Union. Helen was active in writing poetry and many were published in the Sherbrooke Daily Record. She was also integral in the establishment of the Hatley Library; a room in her house served as the location for the library collection and she was active in seeking the incorporation of the library in 1923. Helen passed away on 3 December 1926 and is buried in the Saint James Cemetery in Hatley.

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    The collection contains primary and secondary source information on the creative life of Helen M. (née Webster) Emery, the community of Hatley (village), and organizations in the area from 1888 to 1959. It consists of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, largely pertaining to the Hatley village area, as well as original poetry by Helen M. Emery. The scrapbooks were compiled by Helen M. Emery and continued by her daughter, Sadie (née Emery) Webster, following her death in 1923.

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    Very good.

    Immediate source of acquisition

    The collection was donated by the Old North Church Cemetery Association in 2018.


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    • English

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      The documents are in English.

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      All of the scrapbooks are also available in digital format. For information on purchasing a complete collection of the digitized scrapbooks, please contact the Old North Church Cemetery Association:

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