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Memoir Bibliography

A list of published memoirs by Canadian prairie women:

Anderson, George W. and Robert N. Anderson, eds. Two White Oxen: A Perspective of Early Saskatoon, 1874-1905, From the Memoirs of Barbara (Hunter) Anderson. Saskatoon, SK: G.W. Anderson, 1974.

Backstrom, Elvira. “Pioneer Parents.” Alberta Historical Review 9 (Autumn 1964): 14-21.

Bailey, Mrs. A. W. “Recollections and Reminiscences: The Year We Moved.” Saskatchewan History 20 (Winter 1967): 19-31.

Bailey, Mary C. “Reminiscences of a Pioneer.” Alberta Historical Review 15 (Autumn 1967): 17-25.

Bannert, Sylvia. Rut Hog or Die. NP: Orris Press, 1974.

Binnie-Clark, Georgina. A Summer on the Canadian Prairie. London, UK: Edward Arnold, 1910.

Comstock, Eileen. Aunt Mary in the Granary and Other Prairie Stories. Calgary: Fifth House, 2000

Binnie-Clark, Georgina. Wheat and Woman. London, UK: William Heinemann, 1914. (reprinted by University of Toronto Press in 1979.)

Burton, Doris A. Babe’s Sunshine: I Made My Own. Lethbridge, AB: self-published, 1990.

Butala, Sharon. The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature. Toronto, ON: HarperCollins, 1994.

Callihoo, Victoria. “Early Life in Lac Ste. Anne and St. Albert in the Eighteen Seventies.” Alberta Historical Review 1 (Autumn 1952): 21-26.

Cantlon, Mrs. F. M. “Breaking the Prairie Sod.” Alberta Historical Review 15 (Summer 1965): 22-24.

Cerney, Hazel and Ethel Hunter. The Silent Hills: The Kropinak Family of Chapel Rock. Blairmore, AB: Hazel Cerney, 1992.

Clifford, Ann. Ann’s Story: A Great Ranching Empire and the People Who Made It Work. Calgary, AB: JR’s Printing Services, 1995.

Cran, Marion Dudley [Mrs. George]. A Woman in Canada. London, UK: John Milne, 1910.

Crozier, Lorna. Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, 2009.

Davis, W. M. (2009) Dal & Rice. Montreal: McGill–Queen’s University Press

Ferguson, Emily [Janey Canuck]. Open Trails. London, UK: Cassell and Company, 1912.

Frame, Edna Laura. Beside the Buffalo Trail: A Biographical Novel. Self-Published. Printed in Ottawa, 1975; printed in Winnipeg, 1977.

Gaetz, Annie L. The Park Country: History of Red Deer (Alberta) and District. Printed by Evergreen Press, Vancouver, 1948

Goodhand, Henrietta McIntosh. Footprints. NP: Privately printed, 1948.

Grayson, Ethel Kirk. Unbind the Sheaves: A Prairie Memoir. Saskatoon, SK: Modern Press, 1964.

Hall, Mrs. Cecil. A Lady’s Life on a Farm in Manitoba. London, UK: W. H. Allen, 1884.

Harries, Joyce. A Wise Old Girls' Almanac. Victoria: FriesenPress, 2013.

Harrison, Marjorie. Go West – Go Wise! New York, NY: Longmans, Green and London, 1930.

Hicks, Myrtle E. The Bridges I Have Crossed. Brandon, MB: self-published, nd.

Hiemstra, Mary. Gully Farm. Calgary, AB: Fifth House, 1997. (first published in 1955.)

Hill, R. M.(2006). A Quiet Hell. Lethbridge: Dennis Delaney

Hoffer, Clara and F. H. Kahan. Land of Hope. Saskatoon, SK: Modern Press, 1960.

Holmes, Peggy and Joy Roberts. It Could Have Been Worse: The Autobiography of a Pioneer.

Holmes, Peggy with Andrea Spalding. Never a Dull Moment. Toronto: Collins, 1984

Hopkins, Ida Scharf. To the Peace River Country and On. Richmond, BC: self-published, 1973. Toronto, ON: Collins, 1980.

Hopkins, M. (1983). Letters from a Lady Rancher. Halifax: Goodread Biographies

Hughes, Lora Wood. No Time for Tears. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1946.

Humphreys, Ruth. “Early Days in the Shiny House.” The Beaver (Summer 1977): 20-28.

Inderwick, Mary Ella. “A Lady and Her Ranch.” Alberta Historical Review 15/4 (Autumn 1967): 1-9.

Jaques, Edna. Uphill All the Way. Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1977.

Koester, Mavis A. “Childhood Recollections of Lundbreck.” Alberta History 26 (Autumn 1978): 23-30.

Lowes, Ellen McFadden. “Pages from a Pioneer Diary: The Diary of Ellen McFadden Lowes, 1881-1886.” Manitoba Pageant 22 (Part I – Autumn 1976, Part II – Winter 1977): 21-25, 12-17.

McClung, Nellie L. The Complete Autobiography: Clearing in the West and The Stream Runs Fast, eds. Veronica Strong-Boag and Michelle Lynn Rosa. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

McDougald, Mrs. James. “Cypress Hills Reminiscences.” Saskatchewan History 23 (Winter 1970): 27-30.

McLeod, Evelyn Slater. “Restless Pioneers.” The Beaver 307/1 (1976): 34-41.

McLeod, Evelyn Slater. “Our Sod House.” The Beaver 308/2 (1977): 12-15.

Merriken, Ellenor Ranghild. Looking for Country: A Norwegian Immigrant’s Alberta Memoir. Janice Dickin, ed. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, 1999.

Mitchell, Elizabeth B. In Western Canada Before the War: Impressions of Early Twentieth Century Prairie Communities. Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1981. (first published in 1915)

Morris, Elizabeth Keith. An Englishwoman in the Canadian West. Bristol, UK: Arrowsmith, 1913.

Morton, W.L., ed. God's Galloping Girl: The Peace River Diaries of Monica Storrs, 1929-1931. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1979.

Neil, Catherine. “Recollections of a Sheep Herder’s Bride, Part Two.” Alberta History 35/3 (Summer 1987): 20-28.

Neil, Catherine. “Recollections of a Sheep Herder’s Bride, Part Three.” Alberta History 35/4 1987): 22-29. (series contains four parts, ending in Winter 1988 edition.)

Pieroth, Doris H. “Homestead of Hold: Emma Tompkins’s Peace River Letters, 1916.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 80/4 (October 1989): 147-153.

Popp, M. (n.d.) A Century in the West. Life of a Pioneer Woman – Mary Popp’s Story. Langenburg, Saskatchewan: Twin Valley Consulting Ltd.

Reid, Ida May. “Good Hope Days.” Alberta Historical Review 9 (Spring 1961): 22-24.

Roberts, Sarah Ellen. Alberta Homestead: Chronicle of a Pioneer Family, ed. Lathrope E. Roberts. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1971. (first published as Roberts, Sarah. Of Us and the Oxen. Saskatoon, SK: Modern Press, 1968.)

Rose, Hilda. The Stump Farm: A Chronicle of Pioneering. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1928.

Rowell, Gladys. “Memories of an English Settler.” Alberta History 29 (Spring 1980): 12-19.

Ruthig, Elizabeth. “Homestead Days in the McCord [SK] District.” Saskatchewan History 7 (Winter 1954): 22-27.

Salverson, L.G. Confessions of an Immigrant’s Daughter. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 1981. (first published in 1939)

Saxby, Jessie. West-Nor’-West. London, UK: James Nisbit and Co., 1910.

Schaffer, Mary T. S. Old Indian Trails: Incidents of Camp and Trail Life, Covering Two Years’ Exploration through the Rocky Mountains of Canada. New York, NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1911.

Simons, Reta Evans. It Rained at Harvest Time: Memoirs of the Forever Prairie, ed. S. Leigh Matthews. NP: Reask, 2017.

Springett, Evelyn Cartier. For My Children’s Children. Montreal, QC: Unity Press, 1937.

Stewart, Mrs. Edith C. “Pioneer Days in the Graytown [SK] District.” Saskatchewan History 10 (Spring 1957): 71-76.

Strange, Kathleen. With the West in Her Eyes. New York, NY: Dodge, 1937.

St. Maur, Susan Margaret McKinnon [Mrs. S. Algernon]. Impressions of a Tenderfoot: During a Journey in Search of Sport in the Far West. London, UK: John Murray, 1890.

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