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Ryrie-Campbell Collection: Special Items

The Ryrie-Campbell Special Items collection is an assemblage of nearly 30 printed items documenting various aspects of L.M. Montgomery's life and career, from the late 1890s through the 1930s. Highlights include:
  • a 1907 postcard sent to Montgomery by Reverend Ewen (Ewan) Macdonald from Scotland, during the years of their secret engagement;
  • a rare early printing of Montgomery's "Island Hymn";
  • a hand-written manuscript by Montgomery recounting her 1924 visit to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky;
  • PEI postcards from Montgomery to her former newspaper co-worker, Miss Edith Russell, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia;
  • notes and letters sent by Montgomery to fans in the United States and Australia, and;
  • several books inscribed by Montgomery to her cousin and close-friend Beatrice Alberta ("Bertie") McIntyre.
These items, assembled through many years of skilful devotion on the part donor Donna Jane Campbell -- and richly contextualized by the knowledge and research of Campbell and other Montgomery scholars and collectors -- provide unique and significant insights into Montgomery and her legacy.


Autograph book, kept by Carrie Stavert of Wilmot Valley, Prince Edward Island. Listings of teachers presented in the Appendices of the Journals of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly show a... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1898
A postcard, bearing a handwritten message in L.M. Montgomery's handwriting to "Miss Edith Russell" of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Edith May Russell (1877-1957) was hired to work in the... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1906
A postcard addressed to "Miss L.M. Montgomery, Cavendish, P.E.I. Canada". There is no message or signature on the card, but the postmark indicates it was sent from Glasgow, Scotland on... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1907
A postcard, addressed -- in L.M. Montgomery's handwriting -- to "Miss Edith Russell" of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Edith May Russell (1877-1957) was hired to work in the newsroom of the... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1907
Postcard with message from L.M. Montgomery addressed to "Miss Edith Russell" in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Edith May Russell (1877-1957) was hired to work in the newsroom of the Halifax, Nova... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1908
Printed sheet showing the music and words of the 'Island Hymn' -- "Words by Miss L.M. Montgomery[,] Music by Lawrence W. Watson, M.A.". The hymn was an initiative of Charlottetown... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1908
This issue of 'The Book News Monthly' contains evidence of the rapid success enjoyed by L.M. Montgomery, and by her publisher, L.C. Page & Co, following the publication of 'Anne of... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1909
This reproduction photographic portrait, inserted as a Frontispiece Portrait in the September 1909 issue of 'The Book News Monthly' (Special Item: 910 SI BNM 1909) offers evidence of the... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1909
This postcard has several connections to L.M. Montgomery: firstly, the dating and postmark indicate it was sent from Cavendish on September 25, 1909, during the period when Montgomery was operating... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1909
Postcard found enclosed with the copy of Julia de Wolf Addison's book 'Boston Museum of Fine Arts' (SPEC-LMMI 900 SI-Bertie); a coloured lithograph of the Museum appears on the front... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1910
Promotional postcard from the publisher L.C. Page & Company of Boston, Massachusetts, for Montgomery's third novel, 'Kilmeny of the Orchard'. The front of the card includes the... more...
1910
A copy of Julia de Wolf Addison's 1910 book 'The Boston Museum of Fine Arts', published by L.C. Page and Company (publisher of Montgomery's first seven books). The book is... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1910
Item 2 of 3 in a small collection of postcards showing Prince Edward Island scenes, all addressed to Miss Edith Russell of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Edith May Russell (1877-1957) was hired to work in... more...
1910
A postcard addressed to "Mrs. L.M. Macdonald, The Manse, Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada". The sender signs themselves "A.M. Trainor": research by the donor has identified this person... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1913
Black and white print of a photograph of a group of approx. 30 women, accompanied by six small children and infants, and one middle-aged man. Despite the large number in the group, and the relatively... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
The item was donated with a handwritten card, entitled "Sandford Womens Institute at Home of Mrs. John Thompson: Summer of 1915". The names of all individuals in the photograph are written out below, with L.M. Montgomery identified as, "Mrs. (Rev.) Evan McDonald [sic] (L.M. Montgomery)".
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1915
A small calling card, with name "Hope Elsbree" printed on the front: on the back, in L.M. Montgomery's handwriting, appears the message, "Yours sincerely, L.M. Montgomery".
L.M. Montgomery Collection. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
This item was donated accompanied by a postal enveloped, addressed to Miss Hope Elsbree in Providence, Rhode Island. The envelope also bears postmarks for Leaskdale, Ontario, and Uxbridge, Ontario (the last dated June 20 1917). A note from the donor indicates the Miss Elsbree evidently wrote L.M. Montgomery requesting that the author autograph her calling card. The envelope was also found to contain a small, handwritten note, reading "Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1874-1942 Canadian Novelist - 'Anne of Green Gables' 1908".
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1917
A postcard, bearing a handwritten message in L.M. Montgomery's handwriting, "With the Season's greetings from the Manse folks, Xmas 1919". The addressee is Ms. L.M. McKnight of... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1919
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Former owner: L. M. Montgomery. Provenance: research by donor has verified that volume was gifted by L.M. Montgomery to her cousin and close friend Beatrice Alberta ("Bertie") McIntyre. A holograph inscription on front end paper as follows: "Dearest, I hope you will find in these poems the pleasure I have found in my copy. They seem echoes of the old days where we tasted life together. Lovingly yours, Maud, 1923" Slight separation of front end paper from front page ; minor edge wear, minor stain top front p. through p. 15 ; missing dust jacket . [all lines hand-lettered within three wavy rectangles; the first four lines and the illustrations are within a separate rectangle divided into three compartments] / [illustration of stars] / [curved ornamental line] / FIRES OF / DRIFTWOOD / BY ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY / [double rule with an extra rule at each end] / [the next line above an illustration of flames rising from an ocean up to stars] / WITH DECORATIONS BY J [ornament] E [ornament] H [ornament] MACDONALD A [ornament] R [ornament] C [ornament] A [ornament] / McCLELLAND [the c is raised with a small ornament below it] AND STEWART / PUBLISHERS [ornament] TORONTO (p.215) Issued in black paper boards, quarter-bound with red cloth, with illustration of waves and fire stamped in gold on upper board. Printed by Warwick Bros. & Rutter, Lts. Reprinted in December 1922. Decoration by J.E.H. MacDonald, [member of the Group of Seven ; decorations include Binding, t.p., dust jacket and end papers], lettering by Thoreau MacDonald. The sheets from this edition were used in The Complete Poems of Isabel Ecclestone MacKay published by M&S in 1930.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1921
A handwritten manuscript by Lucy Maud Montgomery describing her visit to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (designated Mammoth Cave National Park in 1941) in August, 1924, during a family vacation. No published... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Manuscript was donated on the occasion of the L.M. Montgomery Institute's 20th Anniversary (June 20, 2013).
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1924
Postcard, printed on the front with a black and white photographic image of L.M. Montgomery standing with her husband, Rev. Ewan Macdonald, and their two sons, Chester and Stuart; a note -- in L.M.... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
This item was gifted with a note from the donor indicating that it was likely taken in 1925, and sent out at Christmastime that year, shortly before Montgomery's family moved to Norval, Ontario in February, 1926.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1925
Item 1 of 3 in a small collection of postcards showing Prince Edward Island scenes, all addressed to Miss Edith Russell of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Edith May Russell (1877-1957) was hired to work in... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1926
A handwritten letter, on card stock, sent from "The Manse, Norval, Ont", written by L.M. Montgomery to a fan in Australia; letter is dated October 19, 1929. In the note, Montgomery remarks... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Letter and photograph were donated with printed e-mail correspondence confirming provenance with descendants of original recipient, Clare Keever (nee Valentine), of Newcastle, Australia.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1929
Postcard issued by L.M. Montgomery's Canadian publishers, McClelland and Stewart Limited. The front includes a photo print of Montgomery smiling, kneeling in a field of daises in "the... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1929
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Date of publication derived from date of author's inscription. Originally published under title: A tangled web. Ryrie-Campbell copy contains inscription by Montgomery to cousin and and close friend Beatrice Alberta ("Bertie") McIntyre.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1931
Black and white photographic portrait print of Lucy Maud Montgomery, wearing a light-coloured hat, taken ca. 1935. Handwritten signature, "L.M. Montgomery."
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Item was donated with a clipped catalogue listing from Aquila Books, Spring 2014.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1934
A 3-page handwritten letter by L.M. Montgomery, sent from Norval, Ontario, to a woman "Sylvia" (no further information on this person is known at present). Montgomery apologizes that the... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
The letter was donated with a fragment of the envelope in which it was sent, but about one-third of the front is missing, so recipient's full name and address, along with any postmark, is missing.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1935
A brief handwritten note by Lucy Maud Montgomery to a woman named Agnes (no further information on this person is known at present). The note was subsequently clipped and pasted onto a backing sheet... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
The donated item was accompanied by a Certificate of Authentication for Montgomery's signature from Fraser's Autographs (London, UK).
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1936
When McClelland & Stewart's first Canadian edition of L.M. Montgomery's 'Jane of Lantern Hill' was published in 1937 (see Ryrie-Campbell: 551 JLH-MS 1ST), it included an... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1936
A large, sepia-toned print of a photographic portrait of Boston publisher Lewis (sometimes referred to as "Louis") Coues Page (1869-1956). Page was founder of L.C. Page and Company, renamed... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1937
Item 3 of 3 in a small collection of postcards showing Prince Edward Island scenes, all addressed to Miss Edith Russell of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Edith May Russell (1877-1957) was hired to work in... more...
L.M. Montgomery Institute. Ryrie-Campbell Collection.
Donated by Donna Jane Campbell.
1952