Fonds 10-041 - Greta Hofmann Nemiroff fonds

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Greta Hofmann Nemiroff fonds

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CA ON0034 10-041

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  • 1955-2021 (Creation)
    Nemiroff, Greta Hofmann

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293.3 cm of textual records
5 prints : posters
3 objects : buttons
1 floppy disk : 5 1/4
21 photographs : col. & b&w
1 collage

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Greta Hofmann Nemiroff is a writer, educator, and coordinator of Women’s Studies programs. She was born in 1937 in Montreal. Her parents emigrated from Vienna, Austria to Canada in 1930. She obtained her B.A. in English Literature in 1958 from McGill University, and an M.A. in English Literature from Boston University in 1961.

In 1970/1971, Greta and Christine Allen Garside (later Sister Prudence Allen) taught the first university level Women’s Studies course offered in Canada, “The Nature of Woman” at Sir George Williams University in the Philosophy Department. Between 1970 and 1973 she was a member of the founding group that established Vanier college, taught English and Humanities at Vanier College and served as the Chair of the English and Creative Arts Departments. She began teaching English and Humanities at the New School at Dawson College in 1973, and served intermittently as the New School Coordinator, 1975-1991. Greta was also a founding member of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, where she was also a tutor, President of the Assembly in 1978-1979, and an editor of the first Simone de Beauvoir Institute Bulletin in 1979.

In 1990, Greta obtained an M.A. with great distinction in Philosophy of Education, from McGill University. Between 1991 and 1996, she was the federally appointed joint chair of Women’s Studies programs at Ottawa University and Carleton University. She returned to teaching at Dawson College in 1996 and was appointed the Coordinator of Creative Arts, Language and Literature, 1999-2013, as well as the Coordinator of Women’s Studies, 1996-2015.

Throughout her career, Greta was involved with several committees, organizations, as well as grant projects relating to education and feminism, including but not limited to: Board member for Québec, project manager at the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW); president-elect at the Canadian Women Studies Association (CWSA), 1991-1992; and, when its headquarters moved to Montreal between 1999 and 2004, president of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), an international non-governmental organization with which she had been involved as member, treasurer and secretary since its inception in 1986. In recognition of her contributions to research on women, she was awarded Honourary Life Membership at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) in 1996.

She retired in June 2015.

Greta is the author of numerous non-fiction and fiction works, editor of several publications, and a regular contributor to several periodicals.

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This fonds consists of records produced and received by Greta Hofmann Nemiroff in her capacity as an educator, feminist, and writer in the various positions she held, as well as committees and projects in which she was involved. It contains mostly textual records, including both professional and personal correspondence, project reports, conference, workshop notes and programs, news clippings, resource materials, as well as copies of her written works. This fonds offers an insight into her involvement in women’s liberation movement in the 1980s and 1990s, generally in the research fields of feminist education theory and practice, gender-fair education and the development of workable pedagogy of diversity.
Included are administrative records from her position at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Sir George Williams University [Concordia University], the New School at Dawson College and as the joint chair in Women’s Studies program at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Additionally, records produced during the various projects, grants, and committees, including as project manager of the CCLOW, president-elect at CWSA and president of SIGI.
Ce fonds est constitué de documents produits et reçus par Greta Hofmann Nemiroff en sa qualité d'éducatrice, de féministe et d'écrivaine dans le cadre de divers postes, comités et projets auxquels elle a participé. Il contient principalement des documents textuels, dont de la correspondance professionnelle et personnelle, des rapports de projets, des notes et des programmes de conférences et d'ateliers, des coupures de presse, des documents de référence et des copies de ses œuvres écrites. Le fonds donne un aperçu de son engagement dans le mouvement de libération des femmes dans les années 1980 et 1990, généralement dans les domaines de recherche de la théorie et de la pratique de l'éducation féministe, de l'éducation sur le genre et du développement d'une pédagogie viable de la diversité.
On y trouve également les dossiers administratifs des postes qu'elle a occupés à l'Institut Simone de Beauvoir, à l'Université Sir George Williams [Université Concordia], à la New School du Collège Dawson, ainsi que des documents liés à son poste de coprésidente du Programme d'études des femmes à l'Université d'Ottawa et à l'Université Carleton. Enfin, elle a produit des documents pour divers projets, subventions et comités, notamment en tant que gestionnaire du projet CCLOW, présidente élue de l'ACSF et présidente du SIGI.

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This fonds was donated by Greta Hofmann Nemiroff to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in 1996 under accession number ACC-1996-18, with a large accrual made in 2021 under the accession number ACC-2021-08.


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  • English
  • French

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The documents in this fonds are mainly in English. Descriptions in English and French have been provided at the series level, as well as at the sub-series and file level where these contain material in both languages.

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible; however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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