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Julia Annette Elizabeth Dafoe

b. Oct. 22, 1900, Montreal, QC; d. 25 April, 1960, Winnipeg, MB


BA 1923 (University of Manitoba)
library training at New York Public Library and University of Chicago Graduate Library School


1925-1932 Circulation and Reference Assistant, University of Manitoba Library
1935-1937 Chief Librarian, Junior Division, University of Manitoba Library
1937-1960 Chief Librarian, University of Manitoba Library


Dafoe, Elizabeth (1944). “A National Library.” Food for Thought 4, no. 8: 4–8.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1945). “Regional Library Service.” Queen’s Quarterly 52, no. 2: 195–205.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1946). “Your Next Job–Librarian [C.B.C. Broadcast., September 4th. 1945].” Canadian Library Council Bulletin 2, no. 5: 106–7.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1947). “The First Year: The Canadian Library Association Reports.” Food for Thought 8, no. 2: 9–10, 27.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1948). “Librarianship as a Career.” Ontario Library Review 32, no. 3: 199–200.

Dafoe, Elizabeth, Freda F. Waldon, and Colin Gibson (1948). “A National Library for Canada.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 5, no. 1: 14–16.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1948). “What Is a Librarian?” Ontario Library Association 32, no. 1: 19–22.

Dafoe, Elizabeth, Freda F. Waldon, and Colin Gibson. “A National Library for Canada.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 5, no. 1 (July 1948): 14–16.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1949). “National Library Service.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 6, no. 2: 54–57.

Dafoe, Elizabeth, ed. (1955). Future of bibliography and documentation. By Elizabeth Dafoe and others. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association. (Canadian Library Association. Occasional paper; no. 7)

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1955). “Research Libraries.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 11, no. 6: 319–20.

Dafoe, Elizabeth (1959). “A University Library [Manitoba].” Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 36, no. 4: 106.


President, Manitoba Library Association
President, Canadian Library Association, 1948-49
member, American Library Association


Elizabeth Dafoe Library of the University of Manitoba named in her honour.


1943-1944 President, Manitoba Library Association
1948 President, Canadian Library Association
1948 member, National Library Committee
1949-1954 member, American Library Association Council
1953-1960 member, National Library Advisory Council


“Her tireless message of the need for a 'national library' and her outspoken ideas helped to define the mandate of the National Library of Canada”. [extract from her biography on Library and Archives Canada. Celebrating Women's Achievements].


Library and Archives Canada. Celebrating Women's Achievements. Elizabeth Dafoe. Accessed, Sept. 8, 2007.
“Miss Elizabeth Dafoe” Manitoba Library Association Bulletin 8 / 2&3 (Sept 1960), 1
W.L. Morton (1965) “Elizabeth Dafoe: lover of language, literature and libraries.” Canadian Library Association, Conference, Proceedings, 8-9.
Manitoba Historical Society. Memorable Manitobans: Julia Annette Elizabeth Dafoe (1900-1960). Accessed Feb. 14, 2016
Canadian Library, 17 (Nov. 1960), 17.

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