Alice Boissonneau

Fonds number:
Title: Alice Boissonneau
Dates of Material:
[ca. 1940]–2003
1.17 m of textual records
1 photograph: b&w
Biographical sketch

Alice Boissonneau (née Eedy) was a novelist and short story writer who also published a notable memoir of life in Toronto. Born in Walkerton, Ontario in 1918, she was raised in St. Marys, Ontario, and graduated from Victoria College, University of Toronto, in 1939. While working as a hospital social worker in Toronto and Vancouver she wrote short stories that appeared in the Canadian Forum, Alphabet and Exile: A Literary Quarterly, and also wrote for the Anthology series on CBC radio. After marrying Arthur Boissonneau, a specialist in forestry, Alice began writing fiction in the isolation of northern Ontario. The novel Eileen McCullough was shortlisted in 1977 for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was followed by A Sudden Brightness (1994). The memoir There Will Be Gardens was published in 1991. Alice Boissonneau died in 2007.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the following series: notebooks, [ca. 1940]–2001; manuscripts and other records, [ca. 1940]–2003.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of fonds

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Sarah Brown, Executrix of the estate of Alice Boissonneau

Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access

Finding aids

Box/File List available


Further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access point: Boissonneau, Alice, 1918–2007