Archives & Special Collections Department
Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick
Box 7500, Fredericton, N.B. E3B 5H5
Biographical Sketch : Born in Fredericton on 15 February 1875, Annie H. Ross received her early schooling in Woodstock, NB and earned a B.A. at UNB in 1896. In 1901 she graduated as a nurse from the Philadelphia Polyclinic and worked in hospitals in her native Carleton Co. In 1905 she began her teaching career in the Canadian west, becoming a Principal in Nelson, BC by 1914. Miss Ross married her first husband, W. Garland Foster, in 1914 and worked as a nursing sister with the British Red Cross when he was posted to England. After his death in 1918, she returned to British Columbia where she became active in municipal politics. In the mid-1920s she began writing seriously. In addition to numerous newspaper, magazine and journal articles, her publications include The Mohawk Princess; Being Some Account of the Life of Tekahion-Wake (E. Pauline Johnson) (1931), High Days and Holidays in Canada (1938), and Makers of History (1946). Annie Ross studied at McGill University for her B.L.S. in 1931 and she received an M.A. from UNB in 1932, submitting her manuscript of The Mohawk Princess in lieu of a thesis [see RA PS 8469.0283 Z69 copy 1]. In 1945 she married Patrick Hanley and moved to White Rock, B.C. where she lived until her death on 18 June 1974.
[See also: "Passing through: pictures from the life of Mrs. W. Garland Foster (née Annie H. Ross)" by Patricia Belier in Officers' Quarterly v. 12,2 (Spring 1996): 7-9.]
Scope and Content : This fonds contains biographical information, correspondence, literary works and photographs which document the life and interests of Annie Harvie (Ross) Foster Hanley. Copies of literary works, in both printed form and manuscript, form the bulk of the fonds. Photographs are largely studio prints of family members in N.B., especially Woodstock and Doaktown. Also included are photographs from a funeral procession for Peter Veregin, leader of a Doukhobor sect.
The fonds comprises three (3) series:
Series 1: Biographical clippings [192-?] ; 1974
Series 2: Literary works [193-?] - 1960
Series 3: Photographs 1885 - [193-?]
Title based on the content of the fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Material received from Mrs. Ann Hanley in the 1940s.
Restrictions on access: No restrictions.
Associated groups of records:
95-17 Ann Hanley Fonds, White Rock Museum and Archives, White Rock, B.C.
(A copy of the finding aid is available upon request.)
Related groups of records:
MG H178 Louise Bamford fonds
UA RG 80 A.G. Bailey Fonds: Series 8, Case 34, file 17 [Correspondence,1945-1947]
Annie Harvie (Ross) Foster Hanley wrote under the name of Mrs. W. Garland Foster for most of her literary career.