Fonds PR0212 - Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton fonds

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Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton fonds

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    • 1909-2017 (Creation)

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    9.39 m of textual records and other material

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    Administrative history

    The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Edmonton was founded in 1909 as a charitable organization of University of Alberta women graduates acting to promote the role of university women in the community. The activities of the Edmonton organization have since taken place in the following areas: education, public affairs, status of women and human rights, and better understanding among women university graduates. The Canadian Federation of University Women, which included the Edmonton Association, was later formed in 1919 when clubs of university women gathered in Winnipeg to collaborate.

    The Edmonton members are committed to the pursuit of knowledge, human rights, promotion and funding of public education, abolition of library fees and increased library funding, community involvement, participation in public affairs, preservation of historic sites, environmental awareness, improvement of public health care, co-operation between women, and improvement of the status of women, irrespective of their race, religion or political opinions. They take particular interest in all levels of schooling, citizenship, justice, welfare, social security, child support, childcare, women's poverty, equal rights for women, libraries and archives. Some highlights of the CFUW, Edmonton are as follows:

    In 1914, the Edmonton members formed a Standing Committee on the Franchise of Women and local women were asked to become involved; a series of talks were then presented, leading up to women's suffrage in Alberta. In the 1930s, the members began broadening their interests, and some new interests included birth control, disarmament and penal reform. In the 1940s, the members became involved in the war effort, once again resuming their other interests when the war came to an end. In the 1960s, the Edmonton CFUW helped advocate for the establishment of the Provincial Archives of Alberta. In 1998, the members joined the protest to keep the Provincial Archives of Alberta in Edmonton following a proposal by the Government of Alberta to move the institution to Stony Plain. The association also annually awards scholarships and bursaries to female students at the University of Alberta.

    The CFUW Edmonton is now one of 122 clubs throughout Canada comprising the Canadian Federation of University Women. This national organization operates as a voluntary, non-profit, self-funded bilingual society of 10,000 women university graduates, and is an affiliate of the International Federation of University Women, maintaining 140,000 members in 78 countries.

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    The fonds consists mainly of administrative records created by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton. However, the local, provincial, national, and international levels of the organization are all represented in the fonds. Most of the records in the fonds have been arranged into four series: Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton; Canadian Federation of University Women, Alberta Council; Canadian Federation of University Women, National; and International Federation of University Women. This arrangement is based on the record keeping practice of the Edmonton organization.

    The fonds is comprised of records of the Canadian Federation of University Women and its members. Records from several committees and sub-groups, such as the Academic Awards Fund Committee and the Environment Group are included in separate sub-series. Records from the Edmonton organization include annual returns, bank statements, reports, calendars, board duty descriptions, bylaw committee reports, presentation records, and a scrapbook with collected stories, obituaries, member profiles, photographs, and assorted newsprint clippings.

    Some other records in the fonds represent those which were collected by donors in the process of collecting CFUW records. These include the two CD-Rs, which are labeled as containing a “State of Natural Areas Edmonton Report” and the “2012 donation slip.” This also includes one of the VHS tapes, labeled as a “Big Lake Discovery Centre Promo Video.”

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    The records in the fonds have been donated in many accessions to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in multiple donations by representatives of the Federation.


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        The material is in English.

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        Audiovisual records must be digitized prior to access. Born-digital records must be duplicated prior to access.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Some file lists are available. Speak to a reference archivist for more information.

        Associated materials

        The Provincial Archives of Alberta also holds the Edmonton Local Council of Women fonds (PR0457), which holds the records of an organization associated with CFUW Edmonton in their early years.


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        Includes the following accessions:


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        Also includes 547 photographs. -- 402 negatives. -- 210 transparencies. -- 29 audio cassettes. -- 12 3 1/2" disks. -- 2 videocassettes (2 hrs, 10 min). -- 2 CD-Rs.

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