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Collection C0231 - Thomas Ray's Grey Owl collection

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Thomas Ray's Grey Owl collection


  • [ca. 1928-1935] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

12.5 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs. -- 2 film reels

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Biographical history

Thomas Ray worked as an assistant to British publisher Peter Davies, 1897-1960, who was associated with Heinemann Publishing Group. Davies purchased the Lovat Dickson publishing company in 1938 and became the owner of the rights to Grey Owl's books. Ray preserved the Grey Owl file when Heinemann moved offices.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Wendy and Roy Musselwhite, 2015.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of material saved by Thomas Ray, including correspondence from Grey Owl and his mother, Kittie Scott-Brown, to Country Life Magazine and Lovat Dickson publishers; four photographic transparencies featuring Grey Owl, Anahareo and a log cabin; and two short, silent, black and white films "Beaver People" (1928) and "Beaver Family" (1929).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid.

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Title based on contents of records.


There are actually four film reels, presumably two of each film, although one of the film cans cannot be opened so the contents are not actually known.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Tuesday, October 30, 2018




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