Collection F-111 - Women's Bookstore collection

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Women's Bookstore collection

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  • Photographic materials
  • Sound recordings
  • Textual records
  • Records in electronic form (digitized)

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  • 1937 - 2018, predominant 1937-1997 (Creation)

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2.57 m of textual records
22 photographs
212 newspapers
2 sound recordings

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Custodial history

The Vancouver Women's Bookstore collection was stored in the basement of the Vancouver Women's Bookstore, until 1980 when Margo Dunn removed it only 10 days before an arsonist's fire destroyed the store. Ms. Dunn stored the material and made additions to the collection. Contributions were also made by Kate Braid, Jan Lancaster, and others. In 1985, Kathleen Hudson took over physical custody and donated the material to the Simon Fraser University Archives in 1996. Material in F-111-9 was donated by Alexandra Bischoff.

Scope and content

The Women's Bookstore collection consists of materials relating to the operation of several Vancouver women's organizations and reflects the issues that dominated the women's movement throughout the 1970s. Consistent with the community based nature of women's movements during this period, the scope and content of the collection reflects the diversity common to a phenomenon rather than the administrative and subject coherence found in records generated by a single organization. As such, the collection as whole gains its coherence due primarily to the interdependence rather than independence of the individual items to one another. This also applies to the records generated by autonomous organizations in the collection. While the different organizations should be regarded as distinct, a good deal of the records concern the communication between various organizations and women's groups across the country or identify issues of concern to a broad range of organizations. Thus, the collection as whole should be regarded as a record of a dynamic process in which a common ideology served to unify the aims of distinctive organizations, persons, and subjects.

The collection is comprised of the records of the Women's Bookstore, Women's Caucus, A Woman's Place, Transition House, the British Columbia Federation of Women and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Includes constitutions, minutes, reports, correspondence, position papers, and sound recordings. Also includes newsletters from women's centres across British Columbia and Canada, subject files, and an assortment of feminist publications.

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The materials were arranged by the Archivist. Subject files were created from material received in considerable disorder, and runs of publications were put together from copies scattered throughout the collection.

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      Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files 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 lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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      Finding aids

      Series descriptions and file lists are available. An item list is available for the publications in series 8. A structure of the women's movement in Vancouver is available in the hard copy version of the finding aid maintained in the Archives Reading Room.

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      All accessions have been processed as of September 2018. No further accruals are expected.

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      Fonds include 1 sound recording that is stored on 8 audio cassettes and 1 born-digital sound recording.

      The 22 photographs located in are located in file F-111-4-0-0-2.

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      Finding aid prepared by Krisztina Laszlo, Frances Fournier, Carolyn Casenas, Enid Britt (August 1999); revised by Lisa Beitel and Enid Britt (March 2006, September 2007); item-numbering system revised and series-level access points added (September 2012); access points moved from series to file levels where appropriate (March 2017); accrual processed in 2018.

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