Fonds RC0893 - Jessie Joselin fonds

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Jessie Joselin fonds

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  • 1941-1946 (Creation)
    Joselin, Jessie Sarah

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9 letters
6 photographs
5 ink drawings

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Jessie Sarah Graham was born in 1906. She married Elmore Joselin, and they lived in Scarborough, Toronto, where their daughter, Beverley was born. Jessie Joselin died in 1998.

During the Second World War, Mrs. Joselin volunteered with the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Women’s Auxiliary affiliated with Birch Cliff School in Scarborough. She led a group that made children’s clothing (especially layettes) for British families whose homes had been destroyed by German bombs. The effort continued after the war and was extended to French families.

Mrs. Joselin’s father was an art teacher in Toronto. One of his students, Bettina (‘Bun’) Somers, from England, befriended Jessie. In addition to art, Somers also studied nursing. When it was time for Jessie to give birth to Beverley, Somers delivered her. Upon her return to England, Somers worked as a ‘tracer’ during the Second World War. The job of a tracer was to trace drawings prepared by draughtsmen to facilitate the production of blueprint copies.

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The fonds consists of letters of thanks to Mrs. Joselin from British and French families who received donations of clothing, and letters to Joselin from her friend, Bettina (‘Bun’) Somers.

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Donated in 2016 by Pamela Collins (Jessie’s Joselin’s granddaughter) and Beverley Joselin (Jessie Joselin’s daughter).


Series 1 - Letters of thanks to Mrs. Joselin from British and French families who received clothing
Series 2 - Letters from Bettina (‘Bun’) Somers to Jessie Joselin

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R. Stapleton, 2016; entered B. Whittle, 2016-10-28.

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