Canadian bookseller. E. de Mille, née Orser, a sixth-generation
Canadian, was born on August 1, 1919 on her grandparents' homestead at Tristram,
Alberta. Attended high school in Alberta. Began working at Eaton's
book department in Calgary in 1945, leaving as its head in 1956 to
open Evelyn de Mille Books Ltd. By 1974, when the store was sold,
E. de Mille established four other branches, making her the first
woman in Canada to found a bookstore chain. In 1980 established
Evelyn de Mille Technical Books, specializing in technical and
reference materials. E. de Mille has always been actively involved
in associations relating to bookselling and publishing, serving on the
Board of Directors and as president of the Canadian Booksellers
Association and as chair of the annual Canadian Booksellers Association
conference in 1973. Other volunteer activities include working
with the National Museums of Canada on creation of a publishing
policy and as a director of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
E. de Mille has made generous donations to several Alberta organizations
including a donation in 1985 to the University of Calgary Library of
the collection Books on Books, to which she continues to add
informative, interesting and rare items.
Fonds consists of business, professional and personal papers reflecting E. de Mille's activities in the bookselling trade. Includes the following material relating to Evelyn de Mille Books Ltd.: correspondence (1961-1975); material relating to staff, advertising, statistics and finances; book catalogues; scrapbooks; newsclippings; newsletters; and miscellaneous material. Material relating to the Canadian Booksellers Association: correspondence (1957-1978), brochures, financial and other reports, contracts, press releases, policy statements and materials relating to conventions and seminars. Personal papers including correspondence, family papers and material documenting professional and volunteer activities. Fonds also includes an appendix, Acc 676/00.7, consisting of 12 audio cassette tapes (90 minutes each) recording interviews of Evelyn de Mille by Kristin Burnett which document E. de Mille's life focusing primarily on the post-war period after the establishment of her first bookstore. A detailed guide to the oral history including a project description, a chronological sketch of E. de Mille's life, a subject guide and a subject guide index for the interviews accompanies this accession.
Donated by E. de Mille in 1979 and 2000.
Text in English.
No restrictions on access.
File level inventory available at repository.
Further accruals expected.
Acc 198/79.1, 684/00.15