Fonds MG021 - Janet Speid Motyer fonds

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Janet Speid Motyer fonds

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CA BU MG021

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  • 0.4 meters of textual records
  • approx. 12 photographs
  • approx. 60 glass slides and prints Janet Speid Motyer

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(1919-2012)

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Janet Marian Speid-Motyer was born on 19 January , 1919, in Lennoxville, Québec to Arthur and Helen (nee Sievwright) Speid. Janet attended Bishop's University where she studied business, philosophy, and history, obtaining a BA in 1939. She was also actively involved at Bishop's, working on committees, playing on sports teams, and acting in major roles in theatre productions. She worked for the naval attaché of the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C, during WWII. After the war, she traveled extensively and worked in Bermuda. She returned to Lennoxville where she worked as secretary to the principal at Bishop's University. Janet was also an accomplished artist. She studied with Canadian artists Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) and Fred Ross (1927-2014) and at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, at the Abbott School in Washington, D.C., the Beaux-Arts in Sherbrooke. Janet married Arthur Motyer in 1955 and they had two children; Dr. Michael Motyer and Gillian Allan (Motyer). Janet died on 14 July 2012.

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scrapbook was transferred from ETRC November 6, 2015

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Bowen Music manuscripts

Correspondence

Dramatic production programmes: 1895-1967

Drama at Bishop's - notes on history and development

Events at Bishop's

The Mitre: June 1901; March 1903; Midsummer 1907; June 1908; April 1909; May 1910, April 1929 (These issues feature reviews of dramatic productions)

Newspaper clippings: featuring Drama at Bishop's - A Long Tradition, by Janet Motyer, The Townships Sun, February 1983; includes photocopies of reviews from The Mitre and other local papers and publications

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  • Badminton, 1938 / snapshots
  • glass slides of Lennoxville area, Speid family, etc. (prints are available in the Old Library)
  • Dramatic Society (group photos/The Executive): 1926-27, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1930
  • Dramatic productions:
    • unidentified. 1900
    • Naval Engagements. 1901
    • The Rivals. 1908
    • The School Mistress. 1910
    • Ermine. 192-
    • Green Stockings. 1927
    • Who Kissed Barbara. 1928
    • The Haunted House. 1928
    • Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. 1930
    • The Pirates of Penzance. 1935
    • The Late Christopher Bean. 1941

Poster: St. George's Dramatic Society presents The Middle Watch, A romance of the navy in 3 acts. 1932.

Printing sample book, Arthur Speid (Case G-14) - scanned 2018

Scrapbook, 1936-1939 - Bishop's sports and various activities - newspaper clippings pasted into a Mitre magazine

Script books:

  • Berkeley Square (John L. Balderston)
  • Green Stockings (A.E.W. Mason),
  • The Haunted House (Owen Davis)
  • Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary (St. John G. Irvine),
  • The Rivals (Richard Brinsley Sheridan)
  • Who Kissed Barbara? (Franz and Lillian Rickaby)
  • You Never Can Tell (Bernard Shaw)

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  • Janet Speid Motyer
  • ETRC

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