File MS-5-1, Box 2, Folder 10 - Britain calls : [lyrics]

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Britain calls : [lyrics]

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Edith J. Archibald

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MS-5-1, Box 2, Folder 10

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  • 1914 (Creation)
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    Archibald, Edith Jessie
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    Halifax (N.S.)

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2 pages

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(1856-1938)

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Edith Jessie Archibald, née Archibald, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and educated in New York and London, England. She married Charles Archibald (1845-1929) in 1874. In 1893, they moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although she began her social activist work in Port Morien, Cape Breton where they lived previously, most her involvement in social activism dates from her time in Halifax. She was president of the Maritime Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1892 -1896); the Local Council of Women (1896-1906); and the Halifax Victorian Order of Nurses (1897-1901), and vice-president of the Nova Scotia Red Cross (1914). She was also heavily involved in the suffragist campaign and led the suffrage delegation to the legislature in 1917. During her lifetime she published many pamphlets, songs, plays, and books. She died in 1938 and is buried at Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax. In 1997, she was designated a "Person of National Historical Significance" by the Government of Canada for her work to promote women's rights.

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File contains a newspaper clipping and letters to Edith J. Archibald concerning her song "Britain Calls," which was written for the Royal Canadian Regiment during World War One. The newspaper clipping includes the text, but not the music, of the song. The letters are from G.A. LeCain, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Commanding 25th Battalion; George Murray, Provincial Secretary; and Evelyn Starr, professional violinist of New York City. An inscription by Edith J. Archibald at the top of the letters reads, "This song, dedicated to the Royal Canadian Regt. has made their 'marchpost' and I am told by an officer of that Regt. that is was played and sung daily during the war. He himself said it had keeped [sic] the men when on the tramp, 'over many a weary mile.'"

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  • Box: MS-5-1, Box 2