Collection F-67 - Women's labour history interview collection (Sara Diamond interviewer)

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Women's labour history interview collection (Sara Diamond interviewer)

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  • 1978-2016, predominant 1978-1980 (Creation)
    Diamond, Sara

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32 cm of textual records
43 sound recordings

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The Women's Labour History Project documents the histories of women who were active in the trade union movement in British Columbia from 1890s onwards. The project was initiated by Sara Diamond, an undergraduate history student at SFU, who conducted the interviews. She received financial support from the British Columbia Summer Youth Employment Fund. Additional funding was received from many other sources, including The Canada Council, and the Federal Department of Human Resources. Diamond provides a description of her research methodology in a report included as Appendix A1, "Women's Labour History Project" (available in the hard-copy finding aid only).

The collection consists of 43 interviews conducted by Sara Diamond with women in the labour movement in British Columbia. The women discuss their childhoods, family lives, careers, social issues such as childcare and birth control, economic situations such as the depresssion and post-war employment, and the working conditions that led them to become union activists. A summary of each interview is provided in Appendix 1, "Women's Labour History Project" (available in hard-copy finding aid only).

The collection contains audio recordings and transcripts.

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The audio interviews and transcripts were donated by Sara Diamond. Material in the appendices was added by the archivist. Note that one transcript (for the Pearl Wong Moreau interview, file F-67-1-0-0-25) was created in 2016 by a researcher (Robin Folvik) from the audio recording and donated to the Archives.


The arrangement of the material was provided by the archivist. Originally transcripts and the audio recordings were included in the same series; in September 2010, the archivist moved the audio recordings into a separate series and re-assigned item numbers.

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There are no restrictions on the materials. Access to the sound recordings is normally provided via the copies on cassette. For some interviews, a digital copy made be available; consult the reference archivist for more details.

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Lists of the audio recordings and transcripts are available. Summaries of the interviews and Diamond's report on the history of the project, a bibliography, and an article by Diamond on women in the labour movement are 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 2002. No further accruals are expected.

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The original recordings were made on reel-to-reel audio tapes; for each interview, two additional copies were subsequently made on audiocassette. Audio cassettes were digitized to create .wav preservation copies.

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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (August 1999).

Updated by Enid Britt (May 2006). Updated by Shyla Seller (August 2018).

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