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Kate Braid fonds
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- Source of title proper: Title of the fonds is based on the name of its creator.
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- Braid, Kate
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9.08 m of textual records
180 sound recordings ; includes original and access copies
3 moving images ; includes original videocassettes and digitized access copies
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Kate Braid is a Vancouver poet, carpenter, trade unionist and educator. Born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Montreal, Que, Braid received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history from Mount Allison University in 1967.
In 1979 she earned her Master of Arts degree in the Communications Department at Simon Fraser University with a thesis entitled Invisible Women: Women in Non-Traditional Occupations in B.C. Meanwhile, she had begun working in the construction industry herself, and in 1983 received her Interprovincial Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Certificate (Red Seal) for carpentry construction from the Pacific Vocational Institute (later renamed the British Columbia Institute of Technology or BCIT). She was the first woman member of the Vancouver local of the International Carpenters' Union (Local 452, later 1995). In 1997 she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
She continued to work in trades until 1989, forming her own company, Sisters Construction (1983-1987). Kate Braid was a founding member of the Vancouver Women in Trades Association, an advocacy and support organization that existed from 1979 to 1987.
Braid has written extensively on women and trades, including two booklets profiling Canadian tradeswomen for the Women's Bureau of Labour Canada. In addition, she prepared radio documentaries for the CBC's Ideas radio program. She has taught numerous courses and workshops since 1980, and in 1989 became the first full-time woman instructor in construction carpentry at BCIT. From 1991 to 1995, as Director of Labour Programs at SFU, she served as a liaison between academia and labour. Braid has also taught creative writing at Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University), SFU and UBC.
Her poems and other writings have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and have been broadcast on radio and television. Her first collection of her poetry, Covering Rough Ground, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Prize in 1991. Her next collection, To this Cedar Fountain, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1995. Her other publications include: Red Bait: Struggles of a Mine Local (1998), Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr (1998), Emily Carr: Rebel Artist (2000), In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (2005), A Well-Mannered Storm: the Glenn Gould poems (2008), Turning Left to the Ladies (2009), and her prose memoir "Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World" (2012).
She and her partner live in Vancouver, BC.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records relating to Braid's life and work as a student, teacher, carpenter, and writer.
The first five series from Braid's first donation in 1995 are comprised primarily of interview material relating to Canadian women in trades, in the form of sound recordings, transcripts, notes, and drafts of profiles generated by Kate Braid in the course of four projects: her Master's thesis (1978-1979); a convention in Holland and subsequent trip to Denmark (1984); the Labour Canada booklets (1988); and the CBC Ideas program (1990). Also includes some correspondence, logbooks and published reference material.
The next series from several additional accruals in 2009 to 2013 consist of records arising from many aspects of Braid's life. These records include drafts and notes from Braid's writing, projects for CBC Ideas, women in trades, her company, Sisters Construction, and other writing and teaching projects.
There is also a large series of correspondence, including letters and emails (printed out) between Braid and other writers, her family, and business correspondents. Finally, there is a series of Braid's diaries, which she has kept regularly from the 1960s to 2012.
The fonds is arranged in 24 series:
- Master's thesis interviews
- Europe interviews
- Labour Canada interviews
- CBC interviews
- Women in trade
- In Fine Form: the Canadian Book of Form Poetry
- Red Bait: Struggles of a Mine Local
- A Well-mannered Storm: the Glenn Gould Poems
- Emily Carr: Rebel Artist
- Inward to the Bones: Georgia Okeeffe's Journey with Emily Carr
- Vancouver Island Highway Project Road to Equity
- CBC Ideas: Men of the Deep
- Appointment calendars
- Personal and early accomplishments
- Writing and teaching projects
- Turning Left to the Ladies
- First drafts and handwritten notes
- Sisters construction
- Covering Rough Ground
- To this Cedar Fountain
Immediate source of acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives by Kate Braid in 1996 with subsequent accruals in 2009, 2010, and 2014.
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Restrictions on access
Access to the interviews, transcripts, notes and drafts of profiles relating to individuals is provided through a research agreement. Consult the archivist for further details.
Access to the F-10-14-3 Personal correspondence and F-10-19 Diaries series are restricted in whole until December 31, 2015. Permission must be sought by the donor for in order to access these series.
Some files or items may contain personal or confidential information. Files or items marked "pending review" must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release and, as a result of the review, access restrictions may apply. Please see the file and item lists and consult the reference archivist for more details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright subsists in all or some of the records. The donor retains copyright in the material of which the donor is the sole owner. Please consult the reference archivist for details about the use of copyrighted materials.
Generated finding aid
See also the records of the Vancouver Women in Trades Association (fonds F-9), of which Kate Braid was a founding member.
All accruals have been processed as of March 2015.
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Finding aid prepared by Richard Dancy, Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (April 1997); updated February 2012 (access points added at series level); update August 2012 (item reference codes converted to new control system). Finding aid updated again in 2015 (with major accrual of Series 6 to 24) by Kelly Stewart.