From: "National Reference
Book on Canadian Men and Women, Fifth Edition, 1936"
Edited by John M. Elson, 1936
SAXE, Mary Sollace, author and playwright, 1673 St. Luke St., Montreal, Que.
Born St. Albans, Vt., Feb. 23, 1868, daughter of James Saxe (deceased1884), son of Peter Saxe, and Sarah Sollace (deceased 1920), daughter of Judge Calvin Sollace of Vermont. She is a niece of the late John Godfrey Saxe, 1816-1887, New England poet.
Education: Private Tutors, Montreal; McGill (partial student course in journalism) under B. K. Sandwell; courses in journalism at Columbia University, New York City. 'The Library Journal' of April 1, 1933, said: "In 1901, Mary S. Saxe became librarian of the Public Library of Westmount, Quebec, Canada, remaining in this position until May 1931, when she retired after thirty years continuous service.
She prepared for librarianship work by spending ten months in 1899 under the late C. H. Gould in the Redpath Library, McGill University, and eight months in 1900 to 1901, studying in the United States under Charles A. Cutter at Forbes Library, Massachusetts. In 1920 took a six weeks' course for librarians in The New York Public Library School.
Her great grandfather was a United Empire Loyalist. When the American Revolution came he moved his family from Rhineback on the Hudson, in an open boat, up through Lake Champlain to Missisquoi Bay where he settled at Phillipsburg, P.Q., Canada, and built a grist mill on Rock Mill, cleared the land and settled down as a Canadian. However, when the government resurveyed the boundary line, he found that his mill was in Highgate, Vermont. He is buried at Phillipsburgh, P.Q., though for the most part his sons and grandsons became Vermonters. Mary Saxe became a naturalized Canadian.
During the thirty years that
Miss Saxe was chief librarian at Westmount her Library grew from
When Miss Saxe retired from
active duty in the Library in 1931 she left it with a staff of six
She has been an institutional
member of the American Library Association since 1902 and is also a member
of the Quebec Library Association, recently formed. After thirty years
as librarian at Westmount (the only free public library in the entire province)
she retired on a pension and is now living with a brother, Mr.
Charles J. Saxe, R. C. A., in Montreal, Canada," where she has lived
Miss Saxe is the author of
several one act plays including: "All is Discovered" produced in
1931; "Just a Tip" produced in 1933, and "Rainbows" produced
in 1934. She has lectured at various library schools, including Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal, Syracuse, New York, and St. Louis, Missouri. She is a
member and second vice-president of the Women's Art
Society of Montreal; member, Canadian Authors
Association, Quebec branch (past member of the executive); member,
Library Association; charter member, Dickens Fellowship (vice-president,
1914, and past member of the executive); member, Montreal
Art Association; member Business and Professional
Womens Club (past member of the executive); member, Canadian
Women's Club (member of committee 1933 to 1934), Anglican (St.
James The Apostle); and a member of the Women's
Auxiliary of this Church.