Joan Marshall fonds

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Joan Marshall fonds

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  • 1943-2004 (Creation)
    Marshall, Joan, 1915-1984

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83 cm of textual records and other material

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Margaret Olwyn Gander was born in Toronto, Ontario on 24 February 1915, the daughter of Robert and Ida (Johnston) Gander. She was known professionally as Joan Marshall, having started her career with CKCW radio station in Moncton. She began in 1942 as a free-lance writer and broadcaster for CBC radio, where she was ultimately appointed the women's commentator for CBC Maritimes. In 1956 she and her family moved to Halifax in order to continue her broadcasting career in the new field of television at CBHT. For fifteen years she served as the host of the Joan Marshall Show and as a guest host of Take 30. She retired in 1974. She was very active in the work of both the National and Local Council of Women, serving on the executives of both organizations. She also worked for the National Status of Women, serving as a vice-president. She was married to Wendell Embree Colpitts of Moncton, New Brunswick. She died in Ottawa on 11 November 1984 and was buried in the St. Martin's-in-the-Woods Anglican Church cemetery in Shediac Cape, New Brunswick.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, background research, notes, sermons, taped interviews, a theme song and film of the Joan Marshall Show. The contents of the fonds document Marshall's professional broadcasting career, including interviews with the Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell family, Senator Marie-Therese Casgrain, Mrs. Emma Steed of Africville, Robert Chambers and Portia White, among others.

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An A-D strip test was conducted on the audiotapes in January 2009.

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Donated by her family in 2008.


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Women of Nova Scotia

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