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University Archives & Special Collections, RG 2069. 67. (Patrick Hayes)

Our Grads

Vivian Brown, B.A., 1917

The annotation to this photograph from the scrapbook of Vivian Brown, B.A. 1917, says it was “Taken at the Reception for graduates at Dr. Murray’s after Convocation May 3, 1917.” (Miss Brown stands behind the woman in the hat.)

Her scrapbook is one of the small treasures in the U of S Archives and is part of our Miscellaneous Collection. It contains 18 pages of photographs, poems, programs and dance cards and is a unique glimpse at student life during the university’s first decade.

Miss Brown, born in Ontario, was the daughter of Methodist minister. Her family moved to Saskatoon in 1905.  While on campus she was active with the YWCA and the Historical Society.  The scrapbook also remarks on her “readiness to help on musical programmes.”

It was while a student at the U of S that she met her future husband, the historian and University Librarian, A.S. Morton. In 1962 the U of S conferred an LLD on Mrs. Morton for more than four decades of service to the community including the “cultural development” of Saskatoon.