Esther Clark Wright (1895 - 1990) was born in Fredericton, NB. She graduated from Acadia University in 1916 with an Honours degree in Economics. She undertook further study at the University of Toronto, Oxford and Stanford, and graduated from Radcliffe/Harvard University with a PhD in Economics in 1931. She held honorary degrees from Acadia University, Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick.
A prolific author, Dr. Wright began her writing career as a young woman. Public Opinion (1916) and The Challenge to Canadian Womanhood (1918) were her first published works. The author of fifteen books and numerous articles, she is best known for her pioneering studies: The Loyalists of New Brunswick (1955) and Planters and Pioneers (1978, revised 1982). In 1988, Acadiensis published an extensive bibliography of the publications of Esther Clark Wright.
Dr. Wright held office in many organizations. She served as President of the New Brunswick Association of Consumers, 1950 - 1952; Vice-President of the National Council of Women of Canada, 1950 - 1953; and Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of University Women, 1952-1955.
In recognition of her contribution to Canadian scholarship, Dr. Wright was awarded the Order of Canada in 1990. Her husband, Conrad Wright, accepted the award on her behalf from the Governor General of Canada, Ray Hnatyshyn at a ceremony held in the Wolfville Town Hall in June. Her pioneering work on the New England Planters was recognized in 1987 when Dr. Wright was proclaimed the first Planter Scholar during the New England Planters in Maritime Canada conference. Esther Clark Wright died in July 1990.
Access to Wright's archival records can be arranged by contacting the Archives.