Marjorie Wilkins Campbell

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Marjorie Wilkins Campbell (1901 - November 23, 1986) was a Canadian historical writer, who won the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction in 1950 for her book The Saskatchewan and the Governor General's Award for Juvenile Literature in 1954 for The Nor'Westers.

Born in London, England, to Mary Eleanor Elliott and William Herbert Wilkins,[1] Campbell emigrated to the Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan in 1904.[2] She was educated in Swift Current and Toronto.[3] She married Angus Campbell, a surgeon, in 1931 and continued to work as a writer and editor.

In addition to publishing novels and biographies focused on Canadian history and exploration, Campbell worked as an editor for Magazine Digest and published numerous articles in Chatelaine, Saturday Night and Maclean's.[4]

Over the course of her writing career she won multiple awards including Canada Council awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Order of Canada.


  • The Soil Is Not Enough (1938)
  • The Saskatchewan (1950)
  • Ontario (1953)
  • The Nor' Westers: The Fight for the Fur Trade (1954)
  • The North West Company (1957)
  • The Face of Canada (1959)
  • No Compromise: The Story of Colonel Baker and the CNIB (1965)
  • Push for the Pacific (1968)
  • The Savage River: Seventy One Days with Simon Fraser (1968)
  • The Fur Trade (1968)
  • 54-40 or Fight! (1973)
  • Northwest to the Sea: A Biography of William McGillivray (1975)
  • The Silent Song of Mary Eleanor (1983)


  1. ^ Edna Hajnal Campell (Marjorie Wilkins) Papers
  2. ^ Marylnn Scott. "Marjorie Wilkins Campbell" in The Canadian Encyclopedia. [1]
  3. ^ McCord Museum. Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins (P128) Fonds
  4. ^ Marylnn Scott. "Marjorie Wilkins Campbell" in The Canadian Encyclopedia. [2]