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Martha Louise Black Collection
Collection consists of a microfilmed scrapbook with clippings related to like in the Yukon during the First World War and life in the far north. It also contains clippings about the political careers of Martha and George, microfilm M-536; correspondence with Otto Nordling concerning Yukon life and politics, letters to George and Martha, letters from M.L. Mackenzie King, W.A..C. Bennett, L.B.Pearon and others, and articles on Mrs. Black.
Martha Black, née Minger, author and member of Parliament, was born in 1866 at Chicago, Ill. She came to Canada in 1898 and married George Black in 1904. She stood in her husband's place when he was too ill to contest the federal general election in 1935. She won, thereby becoming the second woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons. In the general election of 1940, she stepped aside in favour of her husband who had since regained his health. Martha Black was a strong advocate of the Yukon and she was also a specialist on the flowers of the Yukon and British Columbia and the art of mounting them. She was the author of two books, "Yukon Wild Flowers" (1936) and My Seventy Years (1938).