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Elaine M. Catley fonds.

  • SCA1-WA1
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1975

Correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of poetry and prose , clippings of published work and reviews. Correspondents include Nellie McClung (2 letters), Laura Goodman Salverson (1 letter) and Charles G.D. Roberts (1 letter).

Catley, Elaine Maud

Annie Elizabeth May Hewlett fonds.

  • SCA10-WA6
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1974, predominant 1952-1955

Fonds consists of material created, published, and accumulated by Annie Elizabeth May Hewlett. Includes a scrapbook and correspondence.

Hewlett, Annie Elizabeth May

Jo Davis fonds

  • SCA108-GA81
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1990

Fonds primarily focuses on Jo Davis' work as co-founder, vice-president, etc., of the Canadian women's group known as the "Voice of Women". Davis was actively involved from 1960 to 1963. The group still exists but Davis is no longer involved.

Included here are correspondence, memos, briefs, speeches and clippings which document the change in focus of the group from its early years--a change which ultimately resulted in Davis' resignation (January 22, 1963). Included on many folders or individual pieces of correspondence are Davis' notes, done in 1990, which reveal a unique perspective of early events.

The fonds also contains groups of papers documenting Davis' interests prior to her work with the Voice of Women (World Refugee Year), projects concomitant with VOW activities (Canadian Peace Research Institute and lnternational Cooperation Year) and projects subsequent to VOW activities (Harold King Farm and French Week). Small amounts of materials relate to Davis' current interests such as The Turnaround Decade Group.

Davis, Jo

Marion Conroy fonds.

  • SCA122-GA95
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1944

The fonds consists of Marion Conroy's copies of material given to delegates at the National Conference of Regional Chairmen, Consumer Branch, Wartime Prices and Trade Board held in 1944, and includes the agenda and outline of issues for the Conference, as well as a separate report submitted by Kate Aitken, Supervisor of the Conservation Programme, on the establishment and progress across Canada of "Remake Centres." These centres were for teaching women to conserve new yard goods by making over existing garments.

The fonds also contains a scrapbook kept by Marion Conroy of clippings and ephemera dating from 1941-1944. As well as documenting Marion Conroy's activities, the scrapbook contains information on the organization and personalities involved in the Board and the Consumer Branch, such Donald Gordon and Byrne Hope Sanders. Also present are news accounts of the many rules and regulations applied to all aspects of the production and consumption of consumer goods, from fashion, food and drink, and housing, to the delivery and return of purchased goods.

Conroy, Marion

Isobel MacKay fonds

  • SCA124-GA97
  • Fonds
  • 1978-1983

Fonds consists of nine folders of documents kept by Isobel MacKay during her association with Community Resources for Women. These include annual reports, correspondence, minutes and agenda of the Steering Committee, news clippings, newsletters, and papers relating to workshops.

MacKay, Isobel

Luella Creighton fonds.

  • SCA126-GA99
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1990, predominant 1950-1990

Fonds contains a small amount of material documenting Luella Creighton's student days at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1924-1926. Her personal life is further documented through a series of diaries, 1963-1990. Most of the textual material in the fonds, however, relates to her career as a writer of both fiction and non- fiction, and consists of correspondence with her publishers and readers, reviews, manuscripts and typescripts of both published and unpublished works.

Creighton, Luella Bruce, 1901-

Catherine Taylor fonds.

  • SCA13-WA7
  • Fonds
  • 1899,1917-1967

Fonds consists of material accumulated by Catherine Taylor throughout her career as a nurse. Includes correspondence, certificates, clippings, an autograph book, and other material. Correspondents include Viscountess Eleanor Sandhurst, wife of the Lord High Chamberlain of England and Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen, and Sir Thomas J. Lipton.

Taylor, Catherine

Jane Stuart Larrington fonds.

  • SCA134-GA107
  • Fonds
  • [1915?]-1986

Contains ephemera relating to the Toronto Women's Press Club, [1915?]-1922, information about Jane Larrington's membership in same, 1982, 1986, as well as photographs and ephemera from the 1955 Canadian Women's Press Club "Overseas Tour".

Larrington, Jane Stuart, 1890-1987

Margaret Schreiter fonds.

  • SCA139-GA112
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1959

Margaret Schreiter was "Camp Mother" at Camp Tinawatawa on Paradise Lake near Waterloo, Ontario between 1952 and 1959. The materials contained in this fonds include reports, the texts of presentations given by Margaret Schreiter, the outline of a discussion at a camp counsellors meeting led by Margaret Schreiter, correspondence, an ms. list, and a camp newspaper. These items help document Y.W.C.A. camping activities at the time.

Schreiter, Margaret

Damaris Isabella Smith fonds.

  • SCA14-WA8
  • Fonds
  • [18--]-[19--]

Two scrapbooks, the first compiled by Damaris Smith containing clippings, engravings, stamps and seals, obituaries and biographies of prominent suffragists, literary, political and social women, some British. The second, compiled by her daughter Gertrude, contains an article written by Damaris Smith entitled "Pioneer Wife". As well, it documents the history of the Smith family and contains photographs and a pencil sketch of the "Mountain Hall" homestead.

Smith, Damaris Isabella

Flora J. Reaman fonds.

  • SCA152-GA125
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1970

Consists of sewing patterns, manuscript recipe books and other material belonging to Flora J. Reaman during her school days and married life.

Reaman, Flora J.

Mary Quayle Innis fonds.

  • SCA154-GA127
  • Fonds
  • 1954-1995

Contains materials by and about Mary Quayle Innis. Includes correspondence written mostly to her daughter, Anne Innis Dagg from 1956 to 1968, notes kept while Dean of Women at University College, 1954-1961. Also present are files compiled by Anne Innis Dagg, including a biographical essay on Mary Quayle Innis and files relating to a proposed collection of her short stories and pieces with an introduction by Anne Innis Dagg.

Innis, Mary Quayle

Percy R. and Gertrude Wells Hilborn fonds.

  • SCA158-GA131
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1959

The fonds consists mostly of files relating to some of Percy R. Hilborn's areas of service to the community, including Freeport Sanitarium, Preston War Service Association and Waterloo College and Associate Faculties fundraising. Several Havergal College notebooks belonging to Gertrude R. Wells, who became P.R. Hilborn's wife, are also present.

Hilborn, Percy R., 1886-1972

Irene Brown fonds.

  • SCA159-GA132
  • Fonds
  • [2000-2003]

Autobiography of Irene Brown. The first fifteen pages are computer output typescript, the remaining 459 pages are manuscript.

Brown, Irene

Mary Roe fonds.

  • SCA166-GA140
  • Fonds
  • 1987-2001

Fonds consists of material relating to Mary Roe's work on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Includes clippings, committee minutes and agenda, correspondence, ephemera, notes, publications and working papers.

Roe, Mary

Mauritana Smith fonds.

  • SCA17-WA9
  • Fonds
  • [18--]

Fonds consists of two scrapbooks compiled by Mauritana Smith containing material written by leading 19th century American writers and articles written by her mother, Damaris Isabella Smith.

Smith, Mauritana

Elizabeth Smith Shortt fonds.

  • SCA19-WA10
  • Fonds
  • 1829-1979

This fonds documents a social and family history spanning almost one century. It revolves primarily around three women: Elizabeth Smith Shortt, and her daughters, Muriel Clarke and Lorraine Shortt. The fonds contains family correspondence, 1880 - 1970, general correspondence 1876-1970, manuscripts, diaries, typescripts, pamphlets, clippings and photographs.

Correspondence includes Cecil B. and Senator E.D. Smith, the Smith and Shortt family letters, Adam and Elizabeth Shortt love letters, but primarily correspondence during and after the war period between Elizabeth, her daughters Muriel and Lorraine, until Elizabeth's death in 1949. Letters follow Elizabeth Smith through Queen's University, her role in formation of the Queen's Medical School for women, her concern with local and national councils of women, and a variety of clubs, commissions, and organizations. Correspondents includes Augusta Stowe-Gullen, Dr. Jennie K. Trout, Eliza Fitzgerald, Lady Ishbel Aberdeen. Also present are 15 manuscript diaries kept by E. Smith Shortt covering the period from 1872-1932 (typescript available for first 8 diaries). Diaries 1892-1911 are memoirs of Shortts' European trips. 23 diaries or day books kept by Lorraine Shortt from 1912-1943 are also present.

The fonds contains also approximately 50 manuscript addresses, reports and speeches given by Elizabeth Shortt, as well as speeches by Lorraine Shortt. About 100-150 pamphlets and leaflets on a variety of subjects document Elizabeth's interests and activities, especially war period and restoration, National Council of Women, Mother's Allowance Commission, etc. Also present are clippings from 1800-1960, original and photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings and articles arranged under about 50 headings dealing with the Shortt and Smith families, and with a multiplicity of organized groups that formed at the turn of the century. Miscellaneous documents include notebooks of Elizabeth Shortt's subjects at Queen's Medical School, certificates, records of investments, bank records, war medals, autograph books, and scrapbook belonging to the family. Photograph albums and approximately 100 loose photographs of family and friends complete this fonds.

Shortt, Elizabeth Smith

Marilyn Dippell fonds.

  • SCA192-GA167
  • Fonds
  • 1984-1993

Material relating to administration and operation of the K-W YWCA, its programs and services, consisting of the files kept by Marilyn Dippell through her term as President. Includes correspondence, ephemera, memoranda, minutes of meetings, ms. notes and document drafts, etc.

Dippell, Marilyn

Neyle family fonds.

  • SCA235-GA234
  • Fonds
  • 1854-1880

Fonds consists of two manuscript recipe books belonging to the Neyle family.

Neyle Family

Emily Murphy fonds.

  • SCA24-WA13
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1989, predominant 1917-1933

Material by and about Emily Murphy, particularly relating to the "persons" case, her work as a police magistrate, material relating to a biography of her by Byrne Hope Sanders, as well as biographical material assembled after her death. Includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, notebooks and petitions.

Murphy, Emily Ferguson

Hall family fonds.

  • SCA242-GA241
  • Fonds
  • 1929-[195-?]

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the Hall family. Includes one recipe book kept by Nettie E. Jestin Hall and one algebra notebook kept by Minnie Hall.

Hall Family

Elizabeth Long fonds.

  • SCA25-WA14
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1971

Fonds consists primarily of materials accumulated by Elizabeth Long relating to women and women's issues. Includes clippings files on famous women and women's issues, radio letters from her programming, correspondence and materials relating to her activities.

Long, Elizabeth

Canadian Suffrage Association letters patents.

  • SCA267-GA288
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1912

Fonds consists of two letters patents for the Canadian Suffrage Association. One is dated October 20, 1910 and incorporates Suffrage Headquarters Limited and the other dated April 12, 1912, incorporating the Canadian Suffrage Association.

Canadian Suffrage Association

Claire Wallace fonds.

  • SCA29-WA16
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1962

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Claire Wallace. Includes scrapbooks which contain radio scripts, correspondence, clippings and other material relating to her career as a broadcaster and also to her travel bureau.

Wallace, Claire

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay fonds.

  • SCA3-WA2
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1979

Fonds consists of materials relating to the personal and professional life of Isabel Ecclestone Mackay. Includes primarily prose and poetry by Mackay, as well as photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks and ephemera.

Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone

Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity fonds.

  • SCA318-GA358
  • Fonds
  • 2001-2015

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Includes records created by the centre, promotional items, and materials relating to events and activities supported by Glow.

Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Emma Clough diary.

  • SCA337-GA382
  • Fonds
  • 1884

Fonds consists of one diary maintained by Emma Clough of Hudson, New York from the period January 10-March 19, 1884. Emma travels to Washington after visiting friends in New York city and her diary details her tourist activities in both cities. In Washington she meets President Arthur as well as Blanche K. Bruce the first Black Senator, Frederick Douglass, Belva Lockwood, Helen Gougar, Susan B. Anthony and others. Along with shopping, visiting acquaintances and attending social functions, in early March of 1884 Emma begins to attend suffrage meetings which are detailed in the diary.

Clough, Emma

Martha Louise Black fonds.

  • SCA34-WA19
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1965

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Martha Louise Black relating to her personal life and social commitments. Includes correspondence, articles, clippings and photographs.

Black, Martha Louise

Irene Hancock fonds

  • SCA364-GA419
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1909]-August 24, 1932

Materials created and collected by Irene Hancock relating to the Women's Suffrage movement of the United Kingdom.

Hancock, Irene

Forbes family fonds.

  • SCA388-GA453
  • Fonds
  • 1876-2017

The Forbes family fonds contains records related to the Forbes, Buck, Land, Wilson, and Kaufman families, predominately created, and accumulated by Betty Forbes. The material primarily documents the personal lives of Millicent Lyall Forbes, George Alexander Forbes and their twin daughters Betty Forbes and Peg Forbes in Hespeler (now Cambridge), Ontario. This includes items related to their education, careers, and recreational activities such as camping. In addition, the fonds contains material related to extended family members and friends. Records include correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums, press clippings, ephemera, diaries, and notebooks.

Forbes, Betty

Ethel Carol and Anne Sewall Longfellow scrapbook.

  • SCA42-WA23
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1906

Fonds consists of one scrapbook assembled by Ethel and Anne Longfellow during their attendance at Smith College, Massachusetts between 1902-1906. The scrapbook contains correspondence, photographs, programmes, clippings, notes and ephemera detailing the academic and social life of the sisters.

Longfellow, Ethel Carol and Anne Sewall

Maria Louise Clough scrapbook.

  • SCA44-WA24
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1887

One scrapbook kept by Maria Louise Clough while on a trip from Boston to England, Scotland, France and Italy in 1886 and 1887. The scrapbook contains cards, correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and realia (including plant material), and provides insight into the activities and tastes of a young woman from that period of time. Among the contents are: Cunard ephemera (including deck plans, menus, passenger list), theatre ephemera (including Henry Irving in Faust at the Lyceum), a cigarette, lace, Westminster Abbey ephemera, transportation tickets, a moving-part Christmas card, fringe forming part of the decoration of the funeral car of the Duke of Wellington, postcards, engravings, hotel ephemera, identified leaves and flowers, etc.

Clough, Maria Louise

Mary B. Churchill fonds.

  • SCA49-WA27
  • Fonds
  • 1833-1859

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Mary B. Churchill (nee Brewer). Includes a letter from Mary to an aunt, a clipping regarding Mary's daughter, Harriet Churchill, and an autograph album.

Churchill, Mary B.

Beulah Misener Alloway fonds.

  • SCA5-WA3
  • Fonds
  • 1954-1960

Fonds consists primarily of correspondence, 116 letters, from Beulah Alloway to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Misener of Brantford, Ont. The letters describe her journey to Africa and her daily life and work as a missionary in Kenya. Also included are newsletters sent out by the Alloways, correspondence relating to Beulah's death, and 4 photographs.

Alloway, Beulah Misener

Olive Ruth Russell fonds.

  • SCA6-WA37
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1979

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Dr. Olive Ruth Russell during the course of her personal and professional life. Includes biographical information, publications and transcripts of speeches.

Russell, Olive Ruth

Gladys Lilian King fonds.

  • SCA62-WA35
  • Fonds
  • 1919

Fonds consists of one 141 page carbon typescript of "Among the beavers: Canadians and others" by Gladys Lillian King. The work is a personal narrative of the work done by the Military Women Police in and around the Beaver Hut in the Strand, London. Also includes two photographs of King with others.

King, Gladys Lilian

Alice Mary Hagen fonds.

  • SCA7-WA4
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1975

Fonds consists of Alice Hagen's correspondence, clippings, articles and ephemera relating to her work in pottery and ceramics. Includes correspondence with Elizabeth Long regarding her part in painting plates for the Canadian Senate's gift of hand-decorated china to Lord and Lady Aberdeen at the emd of the former's term as Governor General of Canada in 1898.

Hagen, Alice Mary

Mary Augusta Fiske record book.

  • SCA93-GA63
  • Fonds
  • [187?-18?]

Fonds contains a record book belonging to Mary Augusta Fiske. The book contains recipes for cakes, sauces, and puddings. Also contains household accounts and several diary entries dating between 1876 and 1887. Attached to the inside of the front cover is a sepia toned photograph of an unidentified child. Next to it is a newspaper clipping regarding the death of Fiske titled "Death of Mrs. Gen. William O. Fiske".

Fiske, Mary Augusta