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Halpern family fonds

  • F-58
  • Fonds
  • 1865 - 1990

Fonds consists of materials documenting mainly the personal life of the Halpern family but also includes some records relating to George's and Fanny's scientific and professional interests. Activities and topics documented include the Halperns' emigration to Canada, George's scientific research and business enterprises, his work with Brock House (a senior citizen's centre), Ida's community interests, and Fanny's medical career in China.

Halpern family

Frances Wasserlein fonds

  • F-162
  • Fonds
  • 1895 - 1990

The fonds consists primarily of records created during the writing of Wasserlein's MA thesis at SFU, "An Arrow Aimed at the Heart": the Vancouver Women's Caucus and the Abortion Campaign, 1969-1971, completed in 1990. The fonds also contains records related to other research Wasserlein was involved in, specifically her work with the UBC research project on non-academic women in 1979, and her application for a Canada Council grant in support of her own research project in 1982. Fonds includes taped interviews, transcripts, notes, drafts, correspondence, published materials, periodicals, and photographs. No records exist related to Wasserlein's activities with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Wasserlein, Frances

Hilary Brown fonds

  • MsC-58
  • Fonds
  • 1909-2007

The fonds consists mainly of textual materials, including correspondence and diaries. Also present are photo albums, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, and audio cassettes. The fonds has been arranged into the following eighteen series: Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society (1968-2005), Heron Rocks Camping Co-op (1952-2007), Tomorrows Ancestors (1964-1985), China (1936-1996), Personal correspondence (1932-2005), Island’s Trust (1970-2002), Community activities and interests (1942-2004), Women’s issues (1938-2003), Writing, lecturing and broadcasting (1933-2000), Memoirs (1909-2000), Diaries (1929-1984), Notebooks (1930-1990), Address books (1970-1980), Correspondence to Harrison Brown (1935-1971), Correspondence from Harrison Brown (1931-1975), Photographs and slides (1909-2007), Audio cassettes (1974-1992), and Ephemera (1910-2003).

Brown, Hilary

Press Gang Publishers fonds

  • F-184
  • Fonds
  • [ca 1913] - 2002, predominant 1975 - 2000

The fonds consists of records relating to the editorial, business and community activities of Press Gang Publishers. Activities and events documented include the evolution of Press Gang's organizational structure, and the separation of the printing and publishing operations; administration; collective, staff, Board of Directors and committee meetings; financial management, and grant applications; the management of royalties and rights; editorial work including manuscript receipt and evaluation; the physical production of Press Gang books; the promotion and marketing or Press Gang titles; and liaison with other feminist and publishing organizations.

Record types includes correspondence and reports; meeting agendas, minutes and supporting papers; photographs; grant applications and financial statements; contracts and agreements; manuscripts; book reviews and promotional material; photographs; and published books.

Press Gang Publishers

Ann Messenger fonds

  • F-176
  • Fonds
  • 1917 - 1999

Fonds consists of records relating to the personal and academic activites of Ann Messenger. Activities, events and topics documented include Messenger's social and academic activities while attending college and university; her marriage to Bill Messenger; her career as an academic, including her experiences as a young professor at Simon Fraser University; and her academic activities, including her research, writings, and publications. Fonds also includes correspondence of Bill Messenger and his father, Edmund Messenger.

Records include correspondence; publications, papers, articles, and reviews; notes, assignments, and examinations; course outlines, lesson plans, and lecture and tutorial notes; typescripts and proofs; journals; photographs and postcards; applications and appointment forms; and a text book.

Messenger, Ann

Women's Bookstore collection

  • F-111
  • Collection
  • 1937 - 2018, predominant 1937-1997

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.

Margaret A. Mitchell fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1954-[200?]

Fonds consists of scrapbooks of Mitchell's travels to Japan and Korea, reports she wrote with the Neighbourhood Services Association as a Community Development worker, speeches, mailings, newsletters, issues & case work files, correspondence, records related to her memoir, the Vancity Community Foundation's Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women, photographs of various events, and House of Commons debate transcripts.

Mitchell, Margaret A.

Carolyn Zonailo fonds

  • MsC-79
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2005

The fonds contains manuscripts, correspondence, journals, documents related to provincial and national writers organizations and documents related to the founding and running of Caitlin Press, The Poem Factory/Usine de Poeme, and Coracle Press including correspondence, manuscripts, promotional materials, and business records. Also includes papers related to Zonailo's academic work at various universities, as well as personal memorabilia, phonograph recordings and audio-cassettes of Zonailo's poetry set to music, video-cassettes, musical scores, literary periodicals, books by other authors (mostly inscribed to Zonailo), poetry broadsides, chapbooks, and ephemera. Records related to Zonailo's work as a member or the planning committee of the C.G. Jung Society of Montreal and editor of its newsletter are also included as well as correspondence, periodicals, graphic materials, and other records related to astrology.

Zonailo, Carolyn

Daphne Marlatt Fonds

  • MsC-142
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1958]-2014

Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by Daphne Marlatt through her personal and professional activities, predominantly after the year 1990. Records document her activities as a writer of poetry and prose, an editor, and as a teacher of writing and literature, and include manuscripts, notes, research records, correspondence, photographs, grant applications, reviews, and audio and video recordings of poetry readings.

The fonds has been arranged into the following eleven series: Background research records ([ca. 1965-2000]), Fiction - poetry records (1958-2014), Fiction - drama records (2000-2011), Non-fiction works records (1975-2008), Awards and grants records ([ca. 1965-2012]), Correspondence with publishers ([ca. 1977-2013]), Professional activities records (1983-2013), Teaching records (1973-2010), Electronic records and other media (1974-2012), Personal records (1966-2014), and Personal and professional correspondence (1961-2014).

Marlatt, Daphne

Grace McCarthy fonds

  • MsC-168
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1991

Fonds consists of 89 scrapbooks relating to Grace McCarthy and her career as a politician within the British Columbia Social Credit party. Scrapbooks contain photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, press releases, ephemera, and other material dating from 1960 to 1991.

The scrapbooks document the political landscape of British Columbia from 1968 to 1991, in particular the activities of the Social Credit party; events, initiatives, and causes in Vancouver and provincially; state visits; McCarthy's viewpoint on particular issues; her political and charitable activities; leadership campaigns; and her personal and political relationships. They also document McCarthy's most notable accomplishments, including bringing Expo '86 to Vancouver, establishing SkyTrain as a rapid transit system, driving the construction of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, and the lighting of the Lions Gate Bridge. Includes correspondence with other politicians at the provincial, national and international level, including W.A.C. Bennett and Margaret Thatcher; her constituents, residents of British Columbia, and party members; and the business community.

McCarthy, Grace

Kate Braid fonds

  • F-10
  • Fonds
  • 1963-2013

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:

  1. Master's thesis interviews
  2. Europe interviews
  3. Labour Canada interviews
  4. CBC interviews
  5. Women in trade
  6. In Fine Form: the Canadian Book of Form Poetry
  7. Red Bait: Struggles of a Mine Local
  8. A Well-mannered Storm: the Glenn Gould Poems
  9. Emily Carr: Rebel Artist
  10. Inward to the Bones: Georgia Okeeffe's Journey with Emily Carr
  11. Vancouver Island Highway Project Road to Equity
  12. CBC Ideas: Men of the Deep
  13. Appointment calendars
  14. Correspondence
  15. Personal and early accomplishments
  16. Writing and teaching projects
  17. Turning Left to the Ladies
  18. Journeywoman
  19. Diaries
  20. First drafts and handwritten notes
  21. Sisters construction
  22. Publications
  23. Covering Rough Ground
  24. To this Cedar Fountain

Braid, Kate

East Enders Society fonds

  • F-59
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1994

Fonds consists of records arising from the general administration of the East Enders Society, and from the Society's participation in various social service projects for women in Vancouver's East Side. Fonds includes financial statements, receipts, correspondence, bulletins, reports, proposals, minutes of meetings, constitutions, job applications, letters of reference, newspaper clippings, audio tapes of interviews with Society members, partial transcripts of interviews, and other records.

East Enders Society

Simon Fraser University Faculty Women's Association fonds

  • F-78
  • Fonds
  • 1965 - 1977

Fonds consists of records created and received by the Simon Fraser University Women's Association in carrying out its objectives. Includes constitution and by-laws, executive lists, minutes of executive and general meetings, reports, membership lists, correspondence, newsletters, mailing lists, and records reflecting the association's activities, such as the organization of the annual Christmas party.

Simon Fraser University Faculty Women's Association

Maggie Benston fonds

  • F-126
  • Fonds
  • 1966 - 1972

Fonds consists of records reflecting the academic and personal interests of Maggie Benston. The fonds is arranged in 5 series: Research files, Women's Caucus, Subject files, Publications, and Personal documents.

Benston, Maggie

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society fonds

  • F-149
  • Fonds
  • 1966 - 1999

The fonds of the SFU Childcare Society consists of records made or received in the course of administering the Society and its predecessor bodies and providing facilities, personnel and funding for childcare programs. The bulk of the material ranges from 1968 to the early 1990s. Activities documented include meetings of the various societies and centres established to provide childcare services; obtaining license agreements with the University; securing collective agreements with staff; planning for child care services; construction of buildings; correspondence and liaison with government officials and university administrators; and providing information to parents and staff.

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society

Women's movement collection (Andrea Lebowitz collector)

  • F-164
  • Collection
  • 1967 - 1999

Fonds contains material relating to Lebowitz's career at SFU and her participation in the Corrective Collective, a feminist writing group active in the 1970s. Fonds includes correspondence, minutes, proposals, publications, newspapers, invoices, receipts, a ledger, and other documents.

Lebowitz, Andrea

Margo Dunn fonds

  • F-115
  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 1993

The fonds is comprised of the records of Ariel Books and a number of subject files compiled or collected by Margo Dunn. Records reflect Margo Dunn's business interest as owner of Ariel Books, and her role as collector of the records of the Vancouver women's movement.

Includes correspondence, financial records, log books, promotional material, catalogues, articles, clippings, manuscripts, artifacts, and ephemera.

Dunn, Margo

The Pedestal newspaper collection

  • F-272
  • Collection
  • 1969-1975

Collection consists of digital copies of a complete run of The Pedestal, a feminist periodical published by the Vancouver Women's Caucus and edited by the Pedestal collective. The periodical referred to itself as a women's liberation newspaper and later as a lesbian-feminist newspaper; it published non-fiction, personal stories, poetry, reviews, letters to the editor, news of the women's movement, informational resources, a dream page and a calendar of events. It was distributed to individual subscribers, women's groups and sold by members at demonstrations and political events, and was available at bookstores and other locations around Vancouver. The Pedestal engaged in debates with members and readers over homosexuality, socialism and relationships with men, and addressed political issues such as abortion, childcare, education, anti-imperialism and patriarchy.

Contributors include Liz Briemberg, Colette Connor, Deb Dubelko, Susan Dubrofsky, Pat Feindel, Barb Finlayson, Eileen Hausfather, Pat Hoffer, Nym Hughes, Beth Jankola, Sylvia Lindstrom, Judi Morton, Jean Rands, Anne Roberts, Diane Schrenk, Sharon Stevenson, Marcy Toms and Dodie Weppler.

Volume VI, Numbers 3 and 4 were published under the title Women Can.

Women's movement collection (Marge Hollibaugh collector)

  • F-73
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1970

Collection consists of two scrapbooks. One scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and other material that documents the Abortion Caravan to Ottawa in 1970. The second scrapbook documents Janiel Jolley as a protest candidate of the Simon Fraser Student Society for Miss Canadian University Beauty.

Hollibaugh, Marge

Women's movement collection (Candace Parker collector)

  • F-165
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1976

In 1970 Candace Parker was a member of the Vancouver Women's Caucus and a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. For a sociology class, Parker and Sibylle Klein wrote an essay, "Developing An Ideology: the Feminist Movement in North America," which drew upon Parker's experiences in Women's Caucus. Candace Parker was also interviewed by Frances Wasserlein and the transcript of that interview is contained in the Frances Wasserlein fonds, F-162.

The collection consists of research material collected by Candace Parker in the course of preparing her essay plus some additional feminist literature acquired afterwards. Includes notes and drafts, news clippings, reprints, broadsheets, position papers, briefs, newsletters, and newspapers.

Parker, Candace

Women's movement collection (Anne Roberts collector)

  • F-166
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1975

Fonds consists of material acquired by Anne Roberts as a member of Vancouver Women's Caucus. Includes minutes, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets, reprints, news clippings, briefs, position papers, copies of The Pedestal, and other documents.

Roberts, Anne

Press Gang Printers fonds

  • F-134
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 1993

The fonds consists primarily of records relating to the business activities of Press Gang Printers; it also includes some records arising from the collective's participation in the British Columbia Federation of Women. Activities and events documented include incorporation, the evolution of Press Gang's organizational structure, and the separation of the printing and publishing operations; collective and committee meetings; administration and unionization; financial management, grant and loan applications, and fundraising; liaison with other organizations in the women's movement and in other social movements; production and press work; marketing and promotion; and the financial difficulties leading to the closure of Press Gang in 1993.

Record types includes articles of incorporation; correspondence and reports; meeting agendas, minutes and supporting papers; collective agreements; photographs; ledgers, financial statements, income tax returns, and annual reports; printing samples (newsletters, newspapers, leaflets, brochures, posters, cards and other graphical material); production logbooks and customer accounts; and a Press Gang quilt.

Press Gang Printers

Shani Mootoo fonds

  • MsC-76
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1970]-2005

The fonds reflects Mootoo's work as a writer and artist. It contains printed typescripts of published works with drafts and related working papers, published reviews, drafts of unpublished works, lecture notes, professional correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, video productions in VHS format, audio materials and works of visual art.

The fonds has been arranged into 8 series: Literary works; Correspondence; Interviews; Book reviews and announcements; Notebooks and early writings; Artistic works; Photographs; and Ephemera. Some of the series are further subdivided into sub-series.

Mootoo, Shani

Department of Women's Studies collection

  • F-62
  • Collection
  • 1972 - 1992

The collection consists of agendas and minutes from the Women's Studies Coordinating Committee and the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. The collection also includes a proposal for a minor in Women's Studies and a correspondence file that contains letters exchanged between Lolita Wilson, Assistant to the Vice-President, Academic and the Committee on the Status of Women of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). The latter file also contains a copy of Wilson's 1972 report, "Women at Simon Fraser University."

Archives and Records Management Department

Simon Fraser University Women's Centre fonds

  • F-40
  • Fonds
  • 1972 - 2000; predominant 1974-1999

Fonds consists of records made or received by the Women's Centre in the course of carrying out its functions and programs. The geographical focus of the activities documented is the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and especially the Simon Fraser University campus in Burnaby. Activities documented include provision of facilities, resources and referral services; meetings of the Women's Centre Collective and the Women's Centre Board; correspondence and liaison with other individuals and groups; Centre funding, budget planning and management of its financial resources; planning and organization of projects, programs and events; and maintenance of library and reference material. Records include logbooks, correspondence, reports, account books and summaries, minutes and meeting support papers, brochures, handbooks, photographs, reference files and audio cassettes.

Simon Fraser University Women's Centre

Port Coquitlam Area Women's Centre fonds

  • F-76
  • Fonds
  • 1974 - 1996

The fonds consists of records created, received and collected by the Port Coquitlam Area Women's Centre in carrying out their objectives. Records reflect the administration and organization of the centre; financial arrangements and funding; projects, programs and activities the centre is involved with; its relationship with other feminist organizations; and publications. Includes constitution, by-laws, minutes of general meetings, minutes of steering committee meetings, membership lists, reports, financial records, correspondence, and publications.

Port Coquitlam Area Women's Centre

Ellen Frank fonds

  • F-82
  • Fonds
  • 1974 - 1984

Fonds consists of records created, received and collected by Ellen Frank in her involvement in the women's movement in Vancouver. Activities documented include participation in the Association of University and College Employees (AUCE), the British Columbia Federation of Women (BCFW), the Solidarity Coalition, and activities relating to a number of other feminist organizations, issues, and actions. Includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, agenda, reports, briefs, newsletters, press releases, notebooks, press clippings, project proposals, posters, and pamphlets.

Frank, Ellen

Women's Studies Association of British Columbia fonds

  • F-75
  • Fonds
  • 1974 - 1980

The fonds consists of records created and received by the Women's Studies Association of British Columbia in carrying out its objectives. Includes constitution and by-laws, minutes, correspondence, conference registration forms, conference minutes, papers, membership lists, and publications.

Women's Studies Association of British Columbia

Makara Magazine fonds

  • F-116
  • Fonds
  • 1975 - 1979

Fonds consists of records created, received and collected in the process of publishing Makara magazine. Records reflect general operation, correspondence, production, and advertising. Includes correspondence, notes, distribution lists, articles, clippings, surveys, manuscripts, lay-out roughs, illustrations, press releases, contracts, promotional material and notes.

Makara Magazine

Women's Cultural Exchange fonds

  • F-117
  • Fonds
  • 1976 - 1977

Fonds consists of records generated by the Women's Cultural Exchange in the process of establishing the society, finding a location, opening, and using the space to fulfill their mandate to provide a cultural centre for women. Records reflect the incorporation of the society, minutes of meetings, membership, events, and finances. Includes constitution, certificates of incorporation, minutes, agenda, correspondence, membership lists, account book, scrap book, and ephemera.

Women's Cultural Exchange

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