Collection SCA441-GA515 - Student Wives Cook Book.

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Student Wives Cook Book.

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The Student Wives Club was a club for the spouses of students at the University of Waterloo.

The club was established in 1962 by Mickey Hackney, Agnes Olive, and Colleen Grierson, who shared an interest in connecting with other wives in the campus community. Numerous students and spouses encountered a considerable financial challenge when attending university, as households often relied on a single income. As a result, students and their spouses frequently found that they could not participate in social activities like dining out or attending the theatre. The club primarily arranged social events for spouses to connect and share their experiences that aligned with their availability and budget.

Initially, the club was primarily composed of the wives of engineering students however, members hoped to recruit more wives in the arts and sciences as well as post-graduate students. Members handed out pamphlets at registration day and placed advertisements in the student handbooks.

Examples of social events held by the club include makeup demonstrations, wiener roasts, card parties as well as tutorials in millinery design and how to make inexpensive Christmas decorations.[1] Occasionally, the club invited guest speakers to talk to members about various topics such as when Dixie Guldner, family counsellor at the university, was invited to discuss sexuality in the home in 1973.[2]

In 1964, Pat Belyea was the Club President. Members were charged $1.00 in annual dues.[3] Some members of the club created a cookbook which is now held by Special Collections & Archives.

Following the fire at the School of Optometry (located in the old Waterloo post office) in 1969, the club donated $200.00 worth of children’s furniture and toys to the new waiting room for the school.[4]

The Student Wives Club was hosting events until at least 1973.[5] It is uncertain if the club remained active after that time.

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A cookbook created by members of the Student Wives Club in 1964 that included recipes for meat dishes, vegetables, desserts, and odds and ends. Examples of recipes include hamburger vegetable pie, cheese salad supreme, nervous pudding, potato fudge, and pink lady punch.

The cookbook was printed with a Gestetner offset printing machine and features pink polka dot covers.

Members who contributed recipes to the cookbook include:

  • Agnes Olive (married to David Olive, BASc '64)

  • Anne Mowbray (married to John R. Mowbray, BMath '65)

  • Carol Clark (married to David J. Clark, BASc ’64)

  • Colleen Grierson (married to Donald Grierson, BASc '64). In the cookbook, the name Grierson is misspelled as Gierson.

  • Dr. Helen Reesor (married to Dr. Glyn Edward Reesor, professor in Department of Physics)

  • Elinor Montgomery (married to Robert A. Montgomery, BASc ’64)

  • Ellen Pajur (married to Enn Pajur BSc '64). In the cookbook, the name Pajur is misspelled as Pagur.

  • Helen Newman (married to James A. Newman, BASc 1964, MASc ’65, PhD ’69)

  • Joyce Heck (married to Carl. L. Heck, BASc ’63)

  • Marilyn Koch (married to Paul M. Koch, BASc ’64)

  • Marilyn Ruddel (married to George E. Ruddle, BASc ’63, MSc ’64)

  • Mickey Hackney (married to Robert L. Hackney, BASc ’63)

  • Pat Belyea (married to Edward J. Belyea, BASc ’65)

  • Pat Taylor (married to Eric A. Taylor, BASc ’64)

  • Shirley Luft (married to William A. Luft, BASc ’65)

  • Thelma Tyrie (married to Donald H. Tyrie, BASc ’68)

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Donated by Joyce Heck in 2023.


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  • English

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Added to the Waterloo Digital Library.

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An additional copy of the cookbook produced by the Student Wives Club in 1964 can be found in the Kay Rex fonds (GA231-4-61). While this copy includes many of the same recipes, it is bound with a different cover. A description of the file containing the cookbook is linked in the Related Materials field.

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Described by NM in 2024.

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  • English

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