Fonds RBSC-ARC-1577 - Vancouver Council of Women fonds

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Vancouver Council of Women fonds

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4.4 m of textual records;92 photographs

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The "Council of Women" concept originated at the Women's Congress held at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. There, women from thirty nations decided to form an International Council of Women to promote "the welfare of mankind, the family and individual" and "to work for removal of disabilities of women". The formation of a Canadian Council quickly followed, and in 1894, seventeen women in Vancouver organized a local chapter. Over the years, the Vancouver Council of Women has addressed issues affecting women and has lobbied governments on matters relating to education, housing, public health and recreation.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, scrapbooks, subject files, reports, briefs, lists, printed material (including annual reports) and photographs pertaining to the activities of the Vancouver Council and of the Provincial and National Councils of Women. Fonds includes photograph album of Sylka Okovick, Man Media Chairman, 1982-1985.

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  • English
  • French

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RBSC staff created a file level finding aid for the fonds in 1972, and for the first and second accruals in 1985 and 1986. The third accrual donated in 1996 has been described at the file level, and this finding aid has been added as an addendum to the original in April 2019.

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Description updated to reflect third accrual in April 2019 by Claire Williams.

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