Fonds F0074 - Dorothy Allen Gray fonds.

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Dorothy Allen Gray fonds.


  • 1930-2001 (Creation)

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3.87 m of textual records and other material.

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Canadian author and food connoisseur. D. Gray, née Allen, born in Upper Cape, New Brunswick, in 1908. Lived for many years in Calgary where she worked after World War II with the Citizenship Council teaching immigrant women to cook with Canadian food. This activity sparked an interest in international cuisine. Published a weekly food column in the Globe and Mail beginning in 1957, later becoming food editor, 1960-1972. Her cookbook Fare Exchange was awarded a silver medal at the 1964 World Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany. Awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. Died in 1990.

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Donated by Dorothy Allen Gray, Charles E. Gray and Dorothy H. Gray in several accessions between 1980 and 2011.

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Fonds consists of personal and business correspondence; research material and recipes; scrapbooks containing newsclippings of columns, photographs and material relating to publication of books, special events and travel; manuscripts of columns and cookbooks; articles, certificates and other materials about D.H. Gray; books; book reviews; realia; and works by others.

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Correspondence between Dorothy Allen Gray and Allen Gray restricted during his lifetime.

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Text in English.

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Additional archival material located at the Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta.

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Includes 144 photographs and 6 framed items.

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