Fonds RBSC-ARC-1183 - Mildred Fahrni fonds

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Mildred Fahrni fonds

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90 cm of textual records and other material

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Mildred Fahrni (nee Osterhout) was born in rural Manitoba on January 1, 1900. Between 1919 and 1923 she was educated at the University of British Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy. Upon completion of her Bachelor's degree Fahrni continued her education at UBC by beginning a Master of Philosophy in the fall of 1923. Post graduation Fahrni worked for both the YMCA and the Canadian Memorial Church (CMC) as a secretary in Vancouver and between 1930 and 1931 Fahrni continued her education at Bryn Mawr, in Pennsylvania, enrolled in the Department of Social Economy and Social Research. Between 1931 and 1939 Fahrni traveled extensively abroad, including trips to Russia, India and Japan, with period returns to Vancouver. In 1939 she obtained at teaching position at Carleton Elementary School in Vancouver and in 1941 she married Walter Fahrni. In 1947 Mildred was elected head of the local branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was active as a public speaker addressing issues of war, poverty, non-violence, and social change. In 1970 devoted herself to Servas, an international organization that promoted peace through travel and home stays; through which her trip to South America was made possible. She was awarded the Vancouver peace award in 1991 before passing away in 1992.

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Records were donated to Rare Books and Special Collections by
Marion Irish, Mildred Fahrni’s niece; however, for a period of time many of the records were in the custody of Nancy Knickerbocker, research and author.

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The fonds contains records related to Fahrni’s involvement with
various organizations including the Kerala Balagram School, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Fahrni’s activities as a lecture at various conferences and institutions. The majority of these records are arranged into subject, or research files, and represent Fahrni’s active involvement with a variety of human rights issues and local, National and social justice organizations.
The fonds includes correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, sound recordings, lecture notes, speeches, and conference and lecture notes. The fonds also includes photographs, slides, and albums documenting Fahrni’s family, life in British Columbia and trip to various locations overseas.
The fonds consists of 28 broadcasts and talks on the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, relief camps and related political topics of the depression on CJOR, Vancouver. It also includes correspondence and subject files relating to her interests in peace and women's movements.

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Several files were re-arranged by an outside researcher prior to their
transfer. Please see series level description for more details.

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Photograph Identifier: BC-2138
Audiovisual identifier: SP-126

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ca. 1100 photographs, 3 photograph albums, ca 40 slides, and 24 cassette tapes.

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