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Description found in Archives

National Council of Women of Canada fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 

Date(s)

1893-1990

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

17.3 m of textual records.
150 photographs : multiple processes, b&w and col.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records which include minutes, correspondence and registers, various subject files containing resolutions, reports, printed material and clippings. Also included are official documents, financial records, reference material, publications and committee files. Fonds also consists of photographs relating to meetings and other functions of the National Council of Women, 1924-1970.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative number.
Textual records: Volumes 1 to 65, 105 to 108, 128 to 129 and 151 have been withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use the microfilm copy.

Textual records The finding aid is a descriptive file list for volumes 1 to 175. At the end of the document you will find the Microfilm shelf list for reels H-2008 to H-2033. MSS0694 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000103.pdf

Photographs Some item level descriptions exist in the MINISIS database. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The National Council of Women of Canada was formed on 27 October 1893. It is a nation-wide federation of nationally organized societies of men and women, and of local and provincial councils of women. It is affiliated with the International Council of Women. Its goal is to work for the betterment of conditions pertaining to the family and the state by providing organization for a non-sectarian and non-partisan movement of women.

In 1893 three of the nationally organized societies in federation with the National Council were the Girls' Friendly Society, the Women's Art Association and the Dominion Women's Enfranchisement Committee and its membership also included local councils of women in Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, London, Winnipeg and Quebec. Provincial councils were organized during the years following 1893.

The Council makes representations to government about issues that are of concern to women, that are in accordance with their goal of bettering conditions pertaining to the family and the state. The local, provincial and national councils are each responsible for dealings with their own respective level of government.

Concerns that are initiated at the local and provincial levels are then debated at the Annual National Conference of the National Council of Women. Some of the National Council's activities include: making representations to government; presenting briefs to commissions of inquiry; and serving as representatives on government boards, such as the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Unemployment Insurance Commission, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. They also collaborate with non-governmental agencies such as the United Nations Association in Canada and the Health League of Canada. Council members have represented Canada internationally at meetings of the League of Nations and have served on commissions and agencies of the United Nations. The National Council of Women helped to bring into existence the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Children's Aid Society and the Canadian Association of Consumers.

Some of the broad areas of concern to the National Council of Women over the years have been women's suffrage, child welfare, immigration and multiculturalism, health, education and social welfare, the mass media, unemployment and labour conditions, the peace movement and the environment. The Council has formed standing study committees for the purpose of gathering information on and creating an interest in these and other matters. The Council deals with issues that are of national significance. Each year the National Council presents a brief to the federal government regarding the concerns of Council women across the country.

The national headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario and the Executive Secretary handles the day-to-day volume of the Council's work.

Additional information

Presented periodically from 1923 to 1994 by the National Council of Women of Canada, Ottawa.

Availability of other formats note
Volumes 1 to 78, 105 to 108, 110 to 113, 115 to 121, 128 to 129, and 151 are available on microfilm.

Exhibitions note
Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories: 125th Anniversary of the National Archives. Curator: Martin Tétreault, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1997.05.14-1998.01. ( MG 28 I 25 Vol 1, Dominion Council of Women for Canada, 1893) Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 2. Curator: Martin Tétrault, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1998.02-1998.09. (MG 28 I 25, vol. 1)
Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 3. Curator: Martin Tétrault, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1998.11-1999.11. (MG28 I25, v. 1)

Subject heading

1. Women's organizations - Canada, 1893-1985 Ishbel Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, 1893-1918.
2. Women - Canada, 1893-1985 Thrift Campaign, 1951-1952.
3. Women - Legal status, laws, etc. - Canada, 1891-1985 Bureau of Information, 1897-1902.
4. Women - Suffrage, 1893-1985.
5. Women - Social conditions, 1893-1985.
6. Feminism - Canada, 1893-1985.

Private

Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1956-028 NPC
2. 1968-130 NPC
3. 1973-152 NPC
4. 1987-062 NPC
5. 1987-089 NPC
6. 119-020127-5
7. 122-020062-X