Fonds - Gladys Arnold fonds

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Gladys Arnold fonds

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  • 1985-1987 (Creation)

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12 cm. of textual records

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Gladys Arnold was born in Macoun, Saskatchewan in October, 1905, the daughter of CPR official Cyranus Albert Arnold. She received her high school education in Calgary, Edmonton, and Weyburn, then taught in rural Saskatchewan schools for four years before resigning to attend Success Business College in Winnipeg. Upon graduation she taught English at the new Success Business College in Regina. In 1929 she joined the staff of the Regina 'Leader Post' where she served as a secretary, reporter, columnist, feature writer, and editorial page assistant while attending various evening classes at Regina College and Luther College. In 1935 Miss Arnold traveled to Paris where she worked as a correspondent for the Sifton Newspapers and the Canadian Press, and did some freelance writing. From 1939 until June of 1940 she was the only Canadian foreign correspondent in Paris. Fleeing Paris just ahead of the Nazi occupation, she reached London and returned to Canada in August 1940. She resigned her post with the Canadian Press in order to establish, with Elizabeth de Miribel, the Free French Information Service in Ottawa. When the Information Service closed in December, 1947, Miss Arnold was asked to set up the French Information Service at the French Embassy in Ottawa, and she served as its director until her retirement in 1971. In 1951 she obtained her B.A. in Journalism from Carleton University. Gladys Arnold has written numerous articles and in 1987 published a book about her wartime experiences, 'One Woman's War: A Canadian Reporter with the Free French' (Toronto: J. Lorimer, 1987). For her service to France she was named Honorary Brigadier in the French Free Forces in 1940, and Chevalier de la lgion d'honneur in 1975. In 1988 the University of Regina presented her with an honorary Doctor of Laws.

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Fonds consists of the manuscript for journalist Gladys Arnold's book 'One Woman's War: A Canadian Reporter with the Free French', as well as correspondence relating to its publication, 1985-1987.

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