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Aileen Vincent-Barwood Papers

Aileen Vincent-Barwood Papers

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Collection Length: 
1960 to 2010
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Adirondack chairs on a deck with a lake and mountains in the background


Aileen Vincent-Barwood was born in Toronto, Canada and is a resident of Canton, NY.  As a young woman, Aileen was a wireless radio operator during WWII in the Canadian Air Force.  Following her military service, Ms. Vincent-Barwood worked as an overseas journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the Middle East and Africa and has done extensive work as a freelance writer.  Later in her career Aileen was a former reporter, columnist and then editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer in Canton, NY.  In addition to her journalistic work, Vincent-Barwood wrote short fiction for such publications as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, New York Alive and Chatelaine.  Her non-fiction credits include Science Digest, Smithsonian, Islands, Aramco World and the Toronto Globe and Mail.  She is also the author of three books:  North Country Editor; A Celebration of Small Events, which chronicles her life as a small-town newspaper editor, This Sweet Place: Island Living and other Adventures, telling of Vincent-Barwood’s 20 years wintering on the Bahamian Island of Exuma, and her mystery novel  A Murderous Thirst: Death Comes to the Adirondacks.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of files that include completed and draft manuscript writings, correspondence, notes, clippings, ephemera and some financial records related to Aileen Vincent-Barwood’s work as a freelance journalist and writer.  The collection also contains files related to her three books and her editorship at the Plaindealer.  The majority of the files concern the years 1960 to approximately 2010.


Gift of Jennifer Vincent-Barwood, September 2017