Collection F-148 - British Columbia women's history audio collection

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British Columbia women's history audio collection

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  • Source of title proper: Title was provided by the course instructor, Kathryn McPherson, and is based on the contents of the collection.

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  • 1989 (Creation)
    McPherson, Kathryn

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7 cm of textual records
12 sound recordings

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In the spring semester 1989, Kathryn McPherson was instructor for Women Studies 202, "History of Women in Canada." As part of the course work, McPherson assigned students to conduct a 2-3 hour interview with a British Columbia woman. Students were encouraged to select a woman over 60 years of age, and the interviewer was responsible for the themes covered. The interviews were recorded and deposited in the Archives.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of audio cassette recordings of the interviews and associated paper documentation (biographical forms and interview summaries) for each of the women who participated. Twelve women were interviewed. The names of the interviewers and interviewees are:

  • Beverly Ann Carlson interviewed by Anda Jones.

  • Bertha Cochrane interviewed by Linda Henderson.

  • Suzanne Crawford interviewed by Pat Newton.

  • Kathleen Dawson interviewed by Linda Cluelett.

  • Ann St. Clair Ecclestone inteviewed by Jane Ecclestone.

  • Jean Ferguson interviewed by Marsha Ferguson.

  • Melitha Rose Kraus interviewed by Laurie Doig.

  • Patricia Mazzarella Larson interviewed by Angela M. Larson.

  • Violet Piersma interviewed by Peter van Drongelen.

  • Florence Vilma Shannon; interviewer not recorded.

  • Miyako Shinkawa interviewed by Debbie Shinkawa.

  • Ilo Urquart; interviewer not recorded.

Note that there is no paper documentation for one of the interviewees (Ilo Urquart).

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The material was donated to the Archives by the course instructor, Kathryn McPherson, in 1989. The project generated 38 audio cassettes, but four of them were not included in the original transfer in 1989 on the request of the interviewee.


Arrangement of the collection was provided by the archivist, with separate series for the cassettes and paper documentation.

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Access to the original sound recordings is restricted for preservation reasons due to the fragility of the storage medium (audio cassettes). Audio cassettes have been digitized for access copies.
Copyright subsists in all or some of the records. The interviewers did not transfer copyright to the SFU Archives at the time of transfer, nor did they explicitly grant the Archives permission to release their personal contact information to those researchers wishing to discuss the use of copyrighted material. Permission to use copyright material is therefore managed on a case-by-case basis. Please consult the reference archivist for more details.

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File and item lists are avaiable. Appendix A contains a copy of Kathryn McPherson's overview of the materials and the context in which they were generated.

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For other oral histories relating to women in BC, see the Frances Wasserlein fonds (F-162).

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As of April 2009, all accessions have been processed. No further accruals are expected.

General note

Sound recordings (original and copies) include 34 audio cassettes and 8 optical discs and 65 .wav files.

General note

Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of these records and production of the finding aid was generously provided by the Government of Canada through the National Archival Development Program, a program delivered by the Canadian Council of Archives in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (March 2009).

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Finding aid prepared by Richard Dancy, Frances Fournier (April 2009); updated by Richard Dancy (July 2009); items re-numbered (September 2012). Metadata representing digitized items added January 2019.

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