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This page consists of recent publications and projects that focus in part on the life and work of Ella Smith.
James Willard Smith and Family: An Exceptional Set of Daughters
Blog post written by Jim Fergusson, a great-nephew of Ella Smith.
Ella Smith: Female, Eccentric and Academic
Article written by Sarah LeBlanc as part of the "We Were Here: Exploratory Essays on Women's History at Mount Allison" project, organized by Dr. Marie Hammond Callaghan (History Department / Women's Studies Program, Mount Allison University, 2006).
The Travels of Ella Smith
An interactive map that traces Ella Smith's travels through Spain, created by Eduardo Moreno de Jesus in a class taught by Dr. Lauren Beck (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Mount Allison University, 2020).
Gender and the Great Experiment: ‘Feminine and Canadian Eyes’ See Soviet Women, 1926–1936
Article by Kirk Niergarth published in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association in 2015. Article focuses on the travelogues of five educated, professional, middle-class Canadian women who visited the Soviet Union in the interwar period: Alexandrine Gibb, Margaret Gould, Agnes Macphail, Margaret McWilliams, and Ella Smith. For these visitors, Soviet women were a point of emphasis, and on this subject they claimed special insight and relative expertise. Gibb, for example, offered readers a “pair of feminine and Canadian eyes and ears ready to give you mysterious Russia.” Whatever else feminine Canadian eyes saw in the USSR — for Soviet reality varied considerably between 1926 and 1936 when these women travelled — they gave Canadian audiences a more-or-less consistent impression that the great experiment was providing Soviet women opportunities denied women in Canada. This was an impression that not all Canadian audiences were prepared to accept.