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CAMERON, Agnes Deans

Born
Victoria, Bristish Columbia, 1863
Died
Victoria, British Columbia, 1912
Biography synopsis
Agnes Deans Cameron is best known for her work as a writer, feminist activist, lecturer and adventurer. Although she began her career as a teacher, she was forced to resign from teaching in 1905 because of her liberal ideas. Cameron turned to writing, and while working as a journalist took on a publicity commission for the Western Canada Immigration Association which would take her on a journey from Chicago to the Arctic Ocean. She was the first white woman to undertake such an impressive overland expedition which she documented with photographs, including camp scenes, portraits of indigenous people and even some humorous self-portraits. The photographs were later made into lantern slides which Cameron used to illustrate the lectures she subsequently gave in a tour across Canada, the United States and England. Cameron wrote about her travels in the publication "The New North: Being some Account of a Woman's Journey through Canada to the Arctic." On her return home after a lengthy tour of lectures, Cameron received recognition for her work. Unfortunately, she had little time to enjoy her celebrity, for she passed away In the summer of 1912. She left behind a wealth of writing and photographs which is held in various archives across the country.
Media used
Author
Photography
File & Archive locations
City of Vancouver Archives, BC
Provincial Archives of Alberta
University of Victoria, BC - McPherson Library
City of Victoria Archives, BC
British Columbia Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Agnes Dean Cameron: Noted Canadian Authoress Succumbs to Appendicitis" Gazette (Montreal) 14 May 1912: 2.
"Cameron, Agnes Deans" ABC Bookworld British Columbia: ABC Bookworld, 2010
http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=2625.
Archer, Norman K.. "The Tale of Agnes Deans Cameron" Senior Living Vancouver Island 2009
http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/articles/the-tale-of-agnes-deans-cameron.
Bowen, Lynne. "Elusive Treasure." The Beaver 79.1 (Feb. 1999): 22-27.
Chalmers, Graeme. "Canada's Drawing Book Scandal: A Storm in a Victorian Teacup." Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues 28.1 (2001): 41-59.
Covello, Elizabeth Jonquil. The Northwest Territories Reconstruction Project: Telling Our Stories. Vancouver, British Columbia: University of British Columbia, 2009
http://circle.ubc.ca/bitstream/handle/2429/24163/ubc_2009_fall_covello_elizabeth.pdf?sequence=1.
Dickinson, Christine. "Agnes Deans Cameron." Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre (Comox Valley) 21 Sept. 2012
http://www.courtenaymuseum.ca/agnes-deans-cameron/.
Forster, Merna. 100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2004.
Freeman, Randy. "Career Change: Drummed Out of a Teaching Position in Victoria's School System, Agnes Deans Cameron Became an Icon of the North." Up Here 16.6 (Aug./Sep. 2000): 53-54.
Hale, Linda L.. "Cameron, Agnes Deans." Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 14 Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto, 1998
http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/cameron_agnes_deans_14E.html.
Harding, Les. The Journeys of Remarkable Women: Their Travels on the Canadian Frontier Waterloo, Ontario: Escart Press; University of Waterloo, 1994.
Heaps, Denise Adele. Gendered Discourse and Subjectivity in Travel Writing by Canadian Women Toronto: University of Toronto, 2000.
Holmlund, Mona, et al. Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory. Regina: Coteau Books, 2003.
Hume, Stephen. "Roots of a B.C. Women's Movement: Frontier Women in B.C.: Portrait of a Nation's Soul" The Vancouver Sun 16 Dec. 2002: B4.
Humphreys, Danda. "Let's Hear it for the Ladies!" Times-Colonist (Victoria) 22 Oct. 2000: B3.
Johnstone, Tiffany. "New Woman, New North: The Arctic Journey of Agnes Deans Cameron." Women Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Demographic Deficit 10 Mar. 2013
http://womensuffrage.org/?p=21151.
Johnstone, Tiffany. "Seeing for Oneself: Agnes Deans Cameron's Ironic Critique of American Literary Discourse in 'The New North'." Nordlit 12.1 (2008): 69-88
http://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/nordlit/article/view/1165.
Kelcey, Barbara E.. Alone in Silence: European Women in the Canadian North before 1940. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.
Kess, Cathleen and Barbara Latham. In Her Own Right: Selected Essays on Women's History in B.C. Victoria, British Columbia: Camosun College, 1980.
Koltun, Lilly ed.. Private Realms of Light: Amateur Photography in Canada 1839-1940. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1984.
LaFramboise, Lisa Nathalie. Travellers in Skirts: Women and English-Language Travel Writing in Canada Edmonton: University of Alberta, 1997.
Latham, Barbara and Roberta J. Pazdro. "A Simple Matter of Justice: Agnes Deans Cameron and the British Columbia Department of Education, 1906-8" Atlantis 10.1 (1984): 111-115.
Marchand, Greg. "South Park Celebrating 100" Times-Colonist (Victoria) 22 May 1994: 1.
McLoone, Margo. Women Explorers in Polar Regions: Louise Arner Boyd, Agnes Deans Cameron, Kate Marsden, Ida Pfeiffer, Helen Thayer. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press, 1997.
Morgan, Henry James. Canadian Men and Women of the Time Toronto, Ontario: William Briggs, 1912.
Munro, Sheila. "Agnes Deans Cameron: Feminist and Feisty Educator" Teacher 6.6 (Apr. 1994): 10-11.
O'Leary, Daniel. "Environmentalism, Hermeneutics, and Canadian Imperialism in Agnes Deans Cameron's 'The New North'" This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment Vancouver, British Columbia: UBC Press, 2005.
Reid, Jane E.. The Joys of the Long Trail: Three Women Adventure-Travellers in Canada at the Turn of the Century Ottawa, Canada: Carleton University, 1990.
Roy, Wendy. Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel Montreal; Kingston; London; Ithaca: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005.
Roy, Wendy. "Primacy, Technology, and Nationalism in Agnes Deans Cameron's 'The New North'" Mosaic: a Journal for the Comparative Study of Literature 38.2 (2005): 53-78.
Twigg, Alan. The Essentials: 150 Great B.C. Book & Authors. Vancouver, British Columbia: Ronsdale Press, 2010.
Willlow, Anna J.. "This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment." The American Review of Canadian Studies 36.1 (Spring 2006): 149-151.

Writings by
Cameron, Agnes Deans. Canada's Farthest North. London: 1910.
Cameron, Agnes Deans. The New North: being some account of a woman's journey through Canada to the Arctic. New York; London: D. Appleton and co., 1910.
Cameron, Agnes Deans. The Prince of Playgrounds: Come Home by Canada and Revel in the Rockies: Beautiful Banff. Ottawa: Department of the Interior, 1910.
Cameron, Agnes Deans. The Romance and Beauty of British Columbia II: Lords of Peltries and Founders of Empire. Toronto, Ontario: Westminster Co., 1908.
Cameron, Agnes Deans. "Down the Athabasca River." Improved by Cultivation: English-Canadian Prose to 1914, Ed. R. G. Moyles. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1994.
Cameron, Agnes Deans. "Kipling and the Children." Rudyard Kipling. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2013.

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