User Tools

Site Tools


Marion Elizabeth Gilroy

b. 20 Aug. 1912, Spring Hill, NS; d. 21 June 1981, Vancouver, BC


1932 BA (Acadia)
1933 MA (Toronto)
1939 BLS (Columbia), Carnegie Fellow
1959 MLS (Chicago)


1933-1940 Research Librarian, Public Archives of Nova Scotia
1940-1946 Acting Director, Nova Scotia Regional Library Commission and Director, Atlantic Command Library
1946-1963 Supervisor, Regional Libraries of Saskatchewan
1963- 1978 Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Librarianship


Gilroy, Marion (1933). “The partition of Nova Scotia,1784.” Canadian Historical Review. 14 (4): 375.

Gilroy, Marion (1936). “Customs fees in Nova Scotia.” Canadian Historical Review. 7(1): 9-22.

Gilroy, Marion (1937). Loyalists and land settlement in Nova Scotia. A list compiled by Marion Gilroy under the direction of D.C. Harvey. Halifax: Published by the authority of the Board of Public Archives of Nova Scotia.

Gilroy, Marion, comp. (1938a) A catalogue of maps, plans and charts in the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. Compiled under the direction of D.C. Harvey, Archivist. Halifax, N.S.

Gilroy, Marion. (1938b). “The imperial customs establishment in Nova Scotia, 1825-1855.“ Canadian Historical Review. 19 (3):277-291.

Gilroy, Marion and Samuel Rothestein, eds. (1970). As we remember it: interviews with pioneering librarians of British Columbia. Vancouver: University of British Columbia School of Librarianship with the cooperation and assistance of the Library Development Commission of British Columbia.

Gilroy, Marion (1968). “Regional Libraries in Retrospect, 1927-1967.” In Librarianship in Canada, 1946-1967; Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Homer Morton ed. by Bruce Baden Peel, 58-72. Victoria: Canadian Library Association.

Gilroy, Marion (1979). Pioneers! O pioneers: the genesis of regional libraries. [Regina]: Saskatchewan Library Association.


Maritime Library Association; President
Saskatchewan Library Association, President
Canadian Library Association; President 1951

Other Activities:

Marion Gilroy “performed surveys of library needs across Canada, in regions as diverse Montreal Island and the Northwest Territories. She also hosted many radio and television broadcasts and had a stint as a movie star in the National Film Board production Books for Beaver River.” During her teaching at UBC she taught courses in public libraries, school libraries, readers services and book selection. In later years she traveled to exotic places including Russia and the Canadian North.


Chan, May (2004). Marion Gilroy fonds. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Archives . (last revised October 2011). Accessed March 27, 2014.
Library and Archives Canada. Celebrating Women’s achievements. Marion Gilroy. Accessed April 5, 2014.

history/biographies/gilroy_m.txt · Last modified: 2018/06/13 04:09 by lbruce