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Marjorie Stoker fonds
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1963, 1966-68 (Creation)
- Stoker, Marjorie
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3 cm of textual records
53 audio recordings
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Marjorie Stoker (1914-1989) was born in West Bromwich, England, the eldest child of Harry and Annie Cutler. She married John Teasdale Stoker (1911-1975) in 1937 and moved with him to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1957, where he became head of the Department of Modern Languages at Memorial University. They had two children, Richard (1946-) and Sue Payne.
Stoker received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Manchester University in 1936, a teacher's certificate from Aberdeen University in 1954, a Teachers' Parchment from the Scottish Education Department in 1956 and a Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University in 1966. She was a classroom teacher and substitute teacher in Newfoundland for twelve years and was the oral French specialist at the school board level for several years. She worked extensively with the academic upgrading program at the Waterford Hospital on Waterford Bridge Road and volunteer taught at the Children's Home on Water Street from 1971 until shortly before her death. She participated in several committees pertaining to her professional life as a classroom teacher and French specialist and was a founding member and Secretary of the St. John's Folk Arts Council. She was active in various women's and human rights groups: Status of Women Committee, National Action Committee on the Status of Women, National Council of Women, Exon House Auxiliary, Defenders of Signal Hill Committee. During the 1960s she undertook research among the Mi'kmaq in Southern and Western Newfoundland.
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Fonds consists of folklore and oral history materials deposited by Marjorie Stoker and is arranged into two series. Series 1 (67-024) consists of 3 audio reels documenting a kitchen party at Calvert on 5 May 1967; Series 2 (74-230 and 89-067) consist of 50 audio reels containing interviews conducted by Stoker with residents of Conne River, Conne Village, Harry's Brook, St. Alban's, St. John's, mainly pertaining to Mi'kmaq culture and folklore. Included in this fonds are 144 photonegatives (b&w) of the pages of a prayer book in the Mi'kmaq language, borrowed by Stoker and photographed by her son Richard. There is an extensive Marjorie Stoker fonds in the CNS archives at Memorial University.
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Cassette reference copies of audio recordings available.
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Indexes to audio recordings available; Local call number=SC 1.14.
English 340 fonds (66-017A-E)
Photonegatives showing signs of fungal deterioration when deposited.
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Created - May 1, 2013
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