The Frances Shelley Wees collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, photographs, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
Manuscripts in the collection include novels and speeches. Novel drafts include Lost House (1938), Under the Quiet Water (1949), and Faceless Enemy (1966), among others. Numerous speeches are also included, all under the category “Russia and China.”
Printed material in the collection includes magazines, newspaper articles, and programs. Magazines such as Canadian Home Journal, Chatelaine, Ladies Home Journal, and Star Weekly contain articles by Wees between 1949 and 1963. Newspaper articles regard The Keys of My Prison (1966) and I Am Not Guilty (1967). Programs and advertisements regarding Canadian Chautauqua are included and date from 1924 to 1930. Also included are articles and notes pertaining to Wees’ public relations work at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1949.
Photographs in the collection include two albums from Wees’ 1959 trip to China which contain approximately 400 photos. Also included are prints from her work as Chautauqua director.
Correspondence in the collection dates from 1922 to 1966 and includes professional and general correspondence. Professional correspondence is primarily between Wees and literary agencies such as Curtis Brown, Ltd. General correspondence includes letters regarding Wees’ trip to Russia, as well as substantial correspondence with Vilhjalmur Stefansson between 1956 and 1962.
Four scrapbooks are included in the collection, one of which is dedicated to her trip to Russia in 1957.