Fonds Acc3791 - Senator Elsie Inman fonds

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Senator Elsie Inman fonds

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CA PCA Acc3791

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  • 1813-1986, predominant 1881-1986 (Creation)
    Inman, Elsie

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7.5 m of textual records
ca. 40 photographs
1 medal

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Inman, Elsie

Biographical history

The Hon. Elsie Inman (1890-1986) was, throughout her lifetime, a leading figure in women's issues both on Prince Edward Island and in Canada. She was a strong proponent of both woman's right and obligation to play a role in public life. For thirty years she served as one of P.E.I.'s representatives in the Senate, called to that post sixteen years before P.E.I. had its first woman M.L.A.

Born Florence Elsie MacDonald in West River, P.E.I., daughter of Alexander MacDonald and Florence White, she attended public and high schools in Montague and Charlottetown. In 1910 she married George Strong Inman, sometime member of the Legislative Assembly and later Judge of the Prince County Court. They had four children: W. Robert, George S. A., Wilfrid N., and R. Victor.

Prior to being called to the Senate, Elsie Inman played an active role in P.E.I. political life, organizing and serving as President of the P.E.I. Liberal Women's Association, being nominated (but defeated) as Liberal Candidate for Belfast in the early 1920's, and serving as Chairman of the Mother's Allowance Commission of P.E.I. As well, she served on the executive of various organizations such as the Innkeepers Association of P.E.I., the Canadian Club in P.E.I., the Royal Canadian Legion, the Montague Hospital Auxiliary, and the Business and Professional Women's Association.

During her years in the Senate (from July 1955 to her death in 1986), she participated in the meetings of international organizations such as the Interparliamentary Group, NATO, the U.N. etc., was an active member of various Senate Special and Standing Committees, and undertook many speaking engagements.

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Inman, George Strong

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George Strong Inman, son of Nelson Inman and Martha B. Doull, was born in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, on 25 June 1870. He was educated at Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown and Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was admitted to the Bar in 1898. George was elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1927 and was appointed Judge of the County Court of Prince County on 28 March 1928. He married Florence Elsie MacDonald (Senator Elsie Inman) on 26 September 1910. They had four sons. Judge Inman died 30 November 1937.

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This fonds consists of the personal and political papers of Senator Elsie Inman spanning the years 1942-1986. The papers have separated naturally into the following series and have been arranged chronologically within each series: Speeches; Correspondence; Clubs & Associations; International Organizations; Senate Committees; Subject files on miscellaneous issues; Subject files re. P.E.l.; Newspapers and newspaper clippings; Photographs; and Papers of G. S. Inman & Miscellaneous historical items. The latter series spans the time period 1881-1935 with a few items dated between 1813 and 1874. A small amount of correspondence has been kept separate and access restrictions have been placed on it by the depositor.

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ITEMS 320 and 1118-1137 ARE RESTRICTED

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