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No.: PR0457
TITLE: Edmonton Local Council of Women fonds
CREATOR: Edmonton Local Council of Women
DATE RANGE: 1955-1999
EXTENT: 0.76 m of textual records. - 7 photographs. - 1 scrapbook.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Following an address to a group of Edmonton women given by Lady Ishbel Aberdeen, wife of the Governor General and president of the newly formed National Council of Women, the Edmonton group voted to organize a local council under the name the Edmonton Local Council of Women. The council voted Mrs. Alex Taylor president. However, the council disbanded, but reorganized on February 21, 1908. The new council provided an umbrella organization for various women's groups in Edmonton, but no society lost its independence when they joined the council. The council's objectives included serving as liaison for women's group and supporting any work in the common interest of the council. The council offered membership to any women's society after the executive committee of the council approved the application. In 1908, the Council included 22 affiliated women's societies. The council elected Mrs. B.J. Saunders first president and Mrs. G.H.V. Bulyea, wife of the Lieutenant Governor, honourary president. The council holds membership with the National council and often works in association with the national committee. Current objectives for the society include a desire to unify the objectives of women in Edmonton by improving and securing the rights of women and their families in the community, addressing social concerns through local action, liaising with government on behalf of voluntary organizations, promoting the rights of women, promoting gender and cultural equality, and defending national independence and peace.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of the operational records of the Edmonton Local Council of Women, and includes constitutions and bylaws, minutes, reports, correspondence, resolutions, financial records, notices and announcements, membership lists, yearbooks, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, information, reports and minutes from the Alberta Provincial Council of Women and the National Council of Women, and information about other women's organizations and prominent Edmonton women dating from 1955 to 1999.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: Also see the Calgary Local Council of Women fonds at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.
RELATED RECORDS: For the earliest of the Edmonton Local Council of Women records, see the Legislature Library Archives Program archival records collection at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. For material on members of the Edmonton council, please see the Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for the administrative history sourced from Edmonton Local Council of Women,, (Accessed May 26, 2008). Accession PR1967.0280 also includes records comprising the Edmonton Women's Liberal Club fonds.
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