Noel Stewart to Alice Ravenhill (Jan.16, 1941)


Noel Stewart to Alice Ravenhill (Jan.16, 1941)


Noel Stewart sends 16 illustrations and their accompanying stories to Alice Ravenhill for the BCIACWS to review. He expresses his frustration with American publishers for discouraging stories with religious content, but thinks that those regarding the Animal People will sell well in Canada as a little booklet. Also, he brings to her attention the Kamloops Indian Residential school and its 300 students, as a possible venue for further support and arts-based initiatives.


Noel Stewart


Royal BC Museum, BC Archives (F/I/R19)


Jan.16, 1941


St. Georges’ Lytton

Dear Miss Ravenhill: -

Following up my previous letter to you I am now enclosing about 16 pictures with their stories. Probably my sorting them out here made the story theme disjointed. However, the other stories have a religious touch and publishers do not like it. These enclosed do not contain any objectionable religious implications. Probably 12 stories would be enough for a booklet.

Now re: the illustrations: My pupils are willing to do very small drawings if you’d prefer it. If the enclosed [ones?] are too large, we could soon do you small ones. They’d be cheaper. Of course I realize the whole thing may not be in your line at all. Yet I am more than happy to have your kind Committee pass its candid judgement upon our attempts.

All stories are written in children’s style. There are likely odd errors you will catch or change. Personally, I feel a little booklet of our Animal People’s life would sell. After all, none are available at present. Please feel free to send to me your candid opinion.

Thanking you over and over!

Noel Stewart

PS. I should believe the Kamloops Ind. Res. School would be interested in your Committee’s work. It is the largest school in Canada 300 children. They draw Indians from all over Interior B.C. and [page break] [given?] closely related to the pupils here would be able to do same type of work. It is run by the R.C.’s.

Am mailing to you under separate cover a copy of Red Cross magazine with 3 pictures from our Health Rules. You may keep this magazine.




Noel Stewart, “Noel Stewart to Alice Ravenhill (Jan.16, 1941),” The Story is More than Itself, accessed September 23, 2018,