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Margaret Eaton School Digital Collection: Our Collection

Created by Patricia Kok

Introduction to the Margaret Eaton School Digital Collection, by John Byl

The Margaret Eaton School was a post-secondary school of physical education for women that operated in Toronto, Canada, from 1901-1942. Dr. John Byl, Professor Emeritus of Physical Education at Redeemer University College, has written extensively on the school and has gathered 17,500 archival materials from alumnae. In this video, Dr. Byl introduces visitors to The Margaret Eaton School Digital Collection, the online platform for these archives.


Thank You

Redeemer University College wishes to thank Bob Young, great-grandson of Emma Scott, for his significant financial contribution to this project. We are also indebted to students Emily Power and Collette Van Zeumeren for their archival work, to the library staff for their leadership and expertise, and to Dr. John Byl for his persistence in collecting The Margaret Eaton School archival material.

Redeemer University College is an undergraduate Christian liberal arts and science university located in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. Redeemer is committed to providing today’s students with a quality multidisciplinary education and celebrates educational theorists of the past who laid the groundwork for this approach to learning. Part of Redeemer’s mission is to conduct research that explores the life and work of innovative thinkers like Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) and Emma Scott (1880-1940).

Scholarship on Margaret Eaton School

Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project.The Margaret Eaton School of Literature and Expression. Retrieved from

Byl, J. (1992). The Margaret Eaton School, 1901-1942: Women's Education in Elocution, Drama and Physical Education.  

Byl, J. (1993). Why Physical Educators Should Know About the Margaret Eaton School. CAHPER Journal, 59/1, 10-13.

Byl, J. (1996). Directing Physical Education in the Canadian YWCAs: Margaret Eaton School's Influence, 1901-1947. Sport History Review, 27/2.

Lathrop, A. (1997). Elegance and Expression, Sweat and Strength, Body Training, Physical Culture and Female Embodiment in Women's Education at the Margaret Eaton Schools, 1901-1041. National Library of Canada.

Lathrop, A. H. (1999) Portrait of "A Physical":A Case Study of Elizabeth Pitt Barron (1904-98). Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation 11:2.


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