Fonds 1994.807 - Canadian Council of Women - Brandon Branch Fonds

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Canadian Council of Women - Brandon Branch Fonds

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CA DHM 1994.807

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  • 1950-1978 (Creation)
    National Council of Women - Brandon Chapter

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36 cm of textual documents
25 photographs
25 photograph negatives

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(1895-1927, 1952-c.1973)

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The Brandon Council of Women was a chapter of the National Council of Women. It was a non-partisan, non-sectarian organization. The original Brandon Council of Women was established in 1895 by Mrs. D. MacEwan. It was later disbanded in 1927. In 1952 the council was reorganized by Mrs. R.G. Ritchie, Mrs. Kaye Rowe, Mrs. Marion Doig and Mrs. Hortense Wood. The documents in this fonds pertain to the re-established Brandon Council of Women. The Brandon Council of Women worked as a unified body for approximately fifty other committee groups and represented approximately 2600 women. These groups included Women’s Church groups, charity groups, clubs, and associations. They aimed to focus primarily on social, legal, and political issues concerning Canadian women at civic, provincial, and national levels. The council worked as a federation made up of representatives from different groups as well as containing its own subcommittees. Subcommittees included education; health; social welfare and housing; laws; trades and professions; arts, music and film; recreation; and citizenship. They were concerned with children’s education, public literacy, and the preservation of local history. Along with its many social outreach projects, volunteering, and charity work, the Council of Women was also concerned with sponsoring women’s involvement in politics, such as members of public office, school board representatives, and judges. The known presidents of the council are as follows: Mrs. W.A Wood (1953-1954), Mrs. A. McPhail (1955-1957), Mrs. B. Thordarson (1958--), Edythe Wood (1963-1964), Mrs. G.H. MacNeill (1964-), Eileen McFadden (1968--1969), Mrs. Margaret Workman (1970--) The organization remained active until c. 1973.

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The fonds was donated to the Daly House Museum and was accessioned in 1984. The collector and donor of these documents is unknown.

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The fonds contains textual documents pertaining to the Brandon Council of Women from 1950-1978. The content is comprised largely of correspondence between members, meeting minutes, and financial records. There is also information about the goals and policies of the organization. Various newspaper clippings are included pertaining to the Brandon Council of Women. There are 25 photographs of council members at events along with 25 photograph negatives. The fonds also has correspondence records, meeting minutes, reports, and yearbooks from the National and Provincial Councils of Women with which the Brandon Council of Women was affiliated.

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