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Josephine Katharine Greenfield

b. Mar. 28, 1921, Hamilton, ON; d. Apr. 26, 2015, Hamilton, ON

Education:

1942? BA (University of Toronto)
1943 BLS (University of Toronto)
1970 MLS (University of Toronto)

Positions:

1944-1983 various positions at Hamilton Public Library.
1968 Canadiana Librarian
1971 Head of Reference
1974 first Head of the new Special Collections Department (now known as Local History and Archives). She remained in this position until her retirement in 1983.
Archivist (volunteer), Christ’s Church Cathedral (Anglican), Hamilton, ON

Publications:

Greenfield, J. Katharine (1968). Some authors of Victorian Hamilton. Paper delivered before the Hamilton Association, October 19, 1968.

Greenfield, J. Katharine (1985). Victorian weddings. A talk given on Heritage Day, Feb. 18, 1985, at the Hamilton Public Library.

Greenfield, Katharine (1989). Hamilton Public Library: a celebration of vision and leadership. Hamilton Public Library.

Greenfield, Katharine (2001). An archivist talks: tales of early Hamilton and our Cathedral.

In addition to these publications, Katharine Greenfield prepared several signed biographies of Hamilton notables for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (University of Toronto Press) and the Dictionary of Hamilton Biography. She prepared many guides and calendars of archival papers for the local history and archival collection, Hamilton Public Library.

Associations/Committees:

Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society (President, 1978-79)
Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art
Hamilton Historical Society

Honours:

1997 Honorary Lay Canon, Christ’s Church Cathedral, Anglican Diocese of Niagara
2014 Reverend T. Melville Bailey Heritage Award

Comments:

Librarian and archivist Katharine Greenfield she ensured the acquisition of much material on the history of Hamilton that would otherwise have been lost. A noted local historian, she was a popular speaker, as well as author, on the history of Hamilton and of her church, Christ’s Church Cathedral (Anglican). Her ancestors arrived in Hamilton in 1983. Her work to ensure the collection and preservation Hamilton’s history is a lasting legacy.

Sources:

Darlington, Fran. “The rich, warm wisdom of Katharine Greenfield.” Niagara Anglican (November 2004) : 8. Accessed April 19, 2017.

Houghton, Margaret. [Notes on Katharine Greenfield prepared for the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society]. Hamilton Public Library.

McNeil, Mark.“Passages: the keeper of Hamilton’s past". Hamilton Spectator June 1, 2015. Accessed April 19, 2017. Accessed April 19, 2017.

Obituary – “Greenfield, Josephine Katharine”. Hamilton Spectator April, 29, 2015. Accessed April 19, 2017.

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