Harry O. McCurry
Harry O. McCurry was the first CMA President, serving from 1947 to 1950. He was also Director of the National Gallery of Canada from 1939 to 1955. McCurry was married to former Lady Figure Skating Champion of Canada (1922 and 1923) Dorothy Lampman.
McCurry wrote a letter to Alice Johannsen Turnham on November 29th, 1946 stating:
“As you know I have always felt that a Canadian Museums Association is essential to the proper development of a Canadian museum service and I hope you feel the same way. I was astonished to hear from one prominent curator, that he thought we ought not to form an association of our own but to link up with the U.S.A. I am all for most cordial cooperation with the American Museums Association in every way but we need an organization of our own to deal with problems which are particularly Canadian.”
(Muse v. XIV/4-XV/1, 32)