The Margaret Friesen-Labach Collection of Early Twentieth Century Women's Magazines includes 421 individual items published between 1909-1953.
The collection includes 100 issues of THE MODERN PRISCILLA, for the years 1909-1930 and 286 issues of NEEDLECRAFT, for the years 1910-1941. Other items in the collection include books and issues of other needlework magazines from the years 1912-1953.
Margaret Friesen was born in 1925 near Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. After completing her Grade 12 education, she attended Normal School in Saskatoon and in 1944, became a school teacher, teaching in several schools around the province. Her love of reading combined with her love of crocheting, knitting and needlework resulted in a very substantial collection of magazines and books. Margaret Friesen-Labach died in 2008.
The collection came to the University of Saskatchewan Library through a generous donation facilitated by Margaret Friesen-Labach’s daughter, Bernice Friesen. It is housed in the University of Saskatchewan Library’s Special Collections, located on the third floor of the Murray Library at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.