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Lou Nelson fonds
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Lou Nelson fonds

  • CA ON0034 10-034
  • Fonds
  • 1958-2000
The fonds consists of diaries, agendas, correspondence, memorabilia and other records that document the life of Lou Nelson, particularly her activities as a feminist activist in the Vancouver feminist movement and with the Press Gang. The fonds is divided into five series: Diaries, Agendas, Correspondence, Subject Files, and Memorabilia.

Nelson, Lou

Personal Diaries

This series contains six diaries dated December 31st, 1972 to August 17th, 1982. The first one starts shortly before Nelson leaves St-Eustache for Vancouver. They provide a very intimate insight into Nelson’s life. They also give an interesting view into the flower power way of life, Nelson’s experience when coming out as a lesbian and the Vancouver feminist movement, especially relating to Press Gang. Some passages make reference to Canadian painter Robert McInnes. The diaries are mostly written in English with some French and German. Portions of the diaries have been published. They are arranged in chronological order.

Agendas and calendars

This series contains feminist agendas and calendars used by Lou Nelson. They provide brief and uneven information on Nelson’s day to day life, meeting, courses, social life, etc. The agendas precede the calendars.

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