May Cutler collection on Expo 67
  • May Cutler (creator)
  • May Cutler (archive creator)

May Cutler collection on Expo 67



Level of archival description:
Collection 49
Extent and medium:
  • 630 photographs
    206 slides
    33 textual records
    27 contact sheets
    9 negatives
    2 phonograph records
Scope and content:
The collection consists of Expo'67 material assembled by May Cutler for a never-realized publication. The fonds consists of 862 photographic records, 32 textual records and 1 phonograph record related to Expo 67 (1963-1967). 10 additional photographs on other world's fairs (1914-1915, 1958, 1963-1967), and 1 phonograph record and 1 textual record on the 1968 exhibition 'Man and His World' are also included. The fonds is divided into 2 series; the first one contains all the photographic material and the second is related to publications, manuscripts and recordings.
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The collection is divided into 2 series; the first one contains all the photographic material and the second one is related to publications, manuscripts and recordings.
Biographical notes:
May Cutler (born Ebbitt) was born September 4th, 1923, in the east end of Montréal, to father William Ebbitt, a police officer, and mother Francis Ebbitt (born Farrell). They were Irish immigrants. May Cutler was the youngest of three children.

She married Phil Cutler in 1952. Phil Cutler was a Canadian labor lawyer, who died in 1987. They had four boys: Keir, Adam and Michael (twins), and Roger.

She was a graduate of McGill University (Montréal), where she earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. She also earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Columbia University in New York City

Following her graduate studies at Columbia University, May Cutler went to work for the United Nations as A receptionist. When she returned to Montréal, she completed her second masters degree in English literature at McGill University. At the same time, she became a columnist and reporter for the "Montreal Herald" and she wrote articles for the "Montreal Standard" as well. She also founded a three-year program in journalism at McGill University.

In 1967, Cutler founded Tundra Books and became the first Canadian woman publisher of children's books. She ran Tundra Books for almost 30 years. The publishing house was sold to the McClelland & Stewart publishing firm in 1998. Tundra Books published May Cutler's works, such as her novel "The Last Noble Savage" and her biography of W. Kurelek entitled "Breaking Free: The Story of William Kurelek".

The death of her husband in 1987 coincided with her political campaign for mayor of Westmount, where she defeated the mayor, Brian Gallery. She served one four-year term and declined to run for re-election in 1991.

May Cutler passed away on March 3, 2011 at the age of 87. She is survived by her four sons and 6 grandchildren.
Conditions governing access:
  • Open for use by qualified researchers. Access by appointment only.
Conditions governing reproduction:
  • Contact the CCA for copyright information and permission to reproduce (reproductions@cca.qc.ca).
Custodial history:
  • The CCA acquired the May Cutler collection in 1995. The donor was May Cutler.
Language of material:
  • Documents are primarily in English. Some documents are in French and German as well.
Other finding aids:
  • Versement Initial - Inventaire préliminaire
  • 1er ajout - Instrument de recherche non disponible
  • The finding aid is in English.

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