Fonds RBSC-ARC-1112 - Canadians for Democracy in Chile fonds

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Canadians for Democracy in Chile fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1112

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  • 1971-1989; predominant 1973-1989 (Creation)
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    Canadians for Democracy in Chile

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1.3 m of textual records;11 photographs;5 posters

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(1973-1989)

Administrative history

The Canadians for Democracy in Chile was established in 1973 shortly following Augusto Pinochet's September 11 coup in Santiago, and it continued operations until at least 1989. Philip Rankin served as founding Chair, and William McLeod as founding Secretary-Treasurer with Elspeth Gardner as its first President in 1975. Primary activities of the organization included sponsorship of public meetings and conferences; gathering and dissemination of information on contemporary political conditions in Chile; dispatching medical, material and financial aid to opponents of the Chilean government; and distribution of leaflets, posters, and other publicity and educational materials. In addition, they also sponsored letter writing campaigns, organized fundraising events, and did liaison work with local, national, and international groups including labour unions and human rights organizations, Latin American charity associations, and so on . Canadians for Democracy in Chile designated itself as a `citizen's committee,' and listed its supporters as, alternately, organizer/volunteers, sponsors, or contributing members. The organizing committee was headed by a Chair and a Secretary-Treasurer, and, after 1975, a President. Other organizer/volunteers served on one or more sub-committees, each comprised of between two and five individuals . Sub-committees were formed for "Finance," "Speakers," "Correspondence," "Publicity," and a "Bulletin Committee" to oversee the Canadians for Democracy in Chile newsletter. Members of the organization commonly abbreviated its full name to C.D.C. Philip Rankin served as founding Chair, and William McLeod as founding Secretary-Treasurer . Elspeth Gardner became first President in 1975.

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The fonds consists of administrative records and correspondence of the Canadians for Democracy in Chile (CDC) reflecting day to day operations of organizer/volunteers, and publications and newspaper clippings reflecting the organization's function as a public information resource as well as its close working relationship with the Vancouver Chile Association. The fonds also consists of posters and leaflets produced by CDC reflecting the efforts of the organization to disseminate information on Chile as well as photographs of CDC events.

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The records classification system used by the creator from establishment through to 1976 has been preserved by the archivist. Series entitled Administration, Bulletin, Clippings, Correspondence, Miscellaneous, and Publications, accordingly, are comprised of records created between 1973 and 1976. Most of the balance of C.D.C. records had no clear organizational structure upon accession. These records have been arranged in a General series, along with those pre-1977 records found among them at the time of accession. Graphic Materials series has been created on the basis of form. Records in 2 Conferences series were maintained by creator separately from other C.D.C. records.

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Most of the textual records in the fonds are in English. Presence of French or Spanish language text is indicated, where appropriate, in series and file level descriptions.

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