Frances Kathleen Montgomery was born in Woodstock, Ont., on Feb. 19, 1903, the daughter of Robert D. and Genevieve Montgomery. She received her early education in Woodstock and graduated from Woodstock Collegiate Institute in 1923, winning an entrance scholarship to the University of Western Ontario for French, German and History. During her undergraduate years there, from 1923 to 1927, she continued to excel in her studies, winning several awards and scholarships. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1927 and a Master of Arts degree, French and German, in 1928, after which she was awarded a provincial scholarship from the Ontario Dept. of Education for study in France. She studied for two years at the Sorbonne, and received a Doctorat de l'Universite de Paris in 1930.
Upon her return to Canada, she was hired to teach at the University of Western Ontario, where she remained until retirement in 1963. During those years she continued to study, in Spain, Mexico and again in France. She interrupted her teaching career to join the Canadian Women's Army Corps and served from 1942-1945, rising in rank from private to captain. In 1963 Frances Montgomery was hired by the University of Waterloo to start a Department of French. She was appointed as a full professor in 1963, and was the first Chair of the Dept. of French.
She retired to Victoria, B.C. in 1968. Frances Kathleen Montgomery's interests and activities were many and varied. She was an accomplished musician from an early age, playing both piano and violin. She played tennis and golf and for many years engaged in camping and climbing holidays. As well, she had a reputation as an excellent cook and a witty conversationalist. Many articles and poems written by her were published in newspapers over the years. Her interest in discrimination against female academics led her to submit a brief to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada in 1968. Frances Montgomery died on Aug. 22, 1989 at the age of 85.
Montgomery, Frances Kathleen, 1903-1989.
Frances Kathleen Montgomery fonds. - [188-]-1989.
1.1 m of textual records. - ca. 600 photographs. - ca. 85 negatives.
Fonds consists of correspondence, diaries, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts, documenting the life and career of Frances Kathleen Montgomery. Also present is a small amount of material, primarily photographs, relating to the Montgomery and Havey families.
Arranged in four series:
- Frances Kathleen Montgomery (file 1-67);
- Montgomery Family (file 68-70);
- Photographs (file 71-92);
- Artifacts (file 93-96).
- Title from the content of the fonds.
- Donated by Kay Rex, niece of Frances Kathleen Montgomery.
- English and some French.
- Material in some files is restricted. Copyright and literary rights remain with the donor.
- Related records can be found in GA231 Kay Rex fonds.
Call number: GA 111
Frances Kathleen Montgomery fonds : 2015 accrual
Montgomery, Frances Kathleen
Frances Kathleen Montgomery fonds : 2015 accrual. - 1928-1957.
2 cm of textual records and other material.
Accrual consists of materials relating to the life of Frances Kathleen Montgomery, particularly to her years as a student at the Sorbonne in Paris. Includes postcards sent between her and her family and friends during this time, jewelry, and two photographs.
- Title from content of the accrual.
- Extent is measured in linear metres of shelf space as occupied by the accrual.
- Includes 2 photographs, 2 bracelets, one signet ring and one pin.
- Donated by Andy Visser-DeVries in 2015.
- Related records can be found in GA 111, Frances Kathleen Montgomery fonds.
Call number: GA 273