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Mina Hubbard fonds

Media Type: 
Textual record
Graphic material
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This fonds consists of the personal papers of Mina Hubbard. It includes personal documents (birth certificate and passports); personal correspondence; a diary kept by Leonidas Hubbard, Jr., her husband, on his fatal expedition into the Labrador interiorin 1903 and diaries kept by herself and George Elson, her native guide, on their expedition to Labrador in 1905; an incomplete manuscript that appears to be a religious treatise; newspaper reviews of her book, A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador; material (review and program) pertaining to her lectures in 1936; general invitations; photographs of her expedition to Labrador, her family, and herself; and variousmiscellaneous items (a portrait of Mina and a locket and compass that she carried on her Labrador expedition). This collection would be of interest to researchers of the history of Labrador exploration and to those interested in the life and writings of Mina Hubbard. Furthermore, the collection would be of value to students of exploration and adventure writing as a genre in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Mina Benson Hubbard Ellis was born on April 15, 1870 in Hamilton Township, Ontario on a farm near the small town of Bewdley on Rice Lake. She was the seventh of eight children born to James Benson and Jane Wood, immigrants originally from County Cavan, Ireland and Yorkshire, England, whose families emigrated to Hamilton Township in the 1840s after the area was opened for agricultural development. Although Mina's parents built up a 100-acre farm, they struggled financially as their land proved to be rather poor. However, her family persevered and were active members of their community. Mina attended a one-room school not far from her home, high school in Cobourg, and later became a schoolteacher, briefly, at Glourourim, a local school. Leaving the teaching profession, she moved to New York where she attended the Brooklyn Training School for Nurses, graduating in 1899. In May 1900, she met Leonidas Hubbard Jr., a journalist, while nursing him through typhoid fever in the Staten Island Hospital. They were married on January 31, 1901 in a small church in New York City [...]
5 cm of textual material, 40 photographs, 22 negatives, 1 portrait of Mina Hubbard, 1 compass and 1 locket
Hosting Institution: 
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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