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Elsie Gregory MacGill fonds

Media Type: 
Multiple media
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
F 4526
STEM Field: 
Aeronautical engineering
Description: 
Fonds consists primarily of certificates, photographs and printed material dealing with the professional life of Elsie MacGill, first woman aeronautical engineer. Fonds also includes some material related to MacGill's participation in women's rights advocacy and a small number of items pertaining to MacGill's personal life.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Elizabeth Muriel Gregory MacGill, commonly known as Elsie MacGill (born Vancouver 27 March 1905; died Cambridge, Mass. 4 November 1980), was the first woman aeronautical engineer and also one of seven members of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, undertaken in 1967 by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Elsie MacGill was the second daughter of James Henry MacGill, prominent Vancouver lawyer, and Helen Emma Gregory MacGill, British Columbia's first woman judge (named to the Vancouver Juvenile Court in 1917 by Harlan Carey Brewster, and also a member of the Minimum Wage Board (1918) and advocate of women's rights), and granddaughter of Emma Gregory, early activist for women's suffrage. Her sister was Dr. Helen MacGill Hughes, sociologist. Elsie MacGill married E.J. (William) Soulsby in 1943, although she never relinquished her maiden name, and was the mother of two stepchildren, Ann (Annie) and John Frank. MacGill's early interest in radios, as well as the family legacy of women's activism, led her to pursue a degree in the male-dominated field of electrical engineering, which she completed in 1927 (University of Toronto), the first woman in Canada to do so [...]
Date(s): 
1888, 1938-1947, 1963-2000
Extent: 
5 cm of textual records, 14 photographs : b&w prints, 3 volumes of textual records, 1 object : medal
Province: 
ON
Hosting Institution: 
Archives of Ontario
Collection Contact: 
reference@ontario.ca 
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