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Margaret Fulford fonds
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Margaret Fulford fonds

  • CA ON0034 10-009
  • Fonds
  • 1972-1992, predominant 1984-1992

This fonds consists of documents relating to the creation of a comprehensive guide to women's movement archives in Canada. The ‘guide’ came about because the CWMA saw the need for a national bilingual guide to women’s groups with records specifically relating to the Women’s Movement. The CWMA undertook a preliminary survey in 1985/1986 and this survey became a pilot project for the final guide. In 1989, the Canadian Research Tools program of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) awarded the CWMA a grant to produce a guide to the records of the women’s movement; the two-year project began in 1990 and was completed in 1992. The detailed Name Index was compiled to provide access to the records of groups known by more than one name. The Subject Index accommodates researchers’ interest in specific women’s issues. Not all women’s groups were included, e.g. charities run by women, also excluded were government departments and councils. The guide is divided into two parts; the first lists records held by archives, the second lists records held by organizations. Arranged hierarchically; national, provincial etc, geographically; east to west, and alphabetically.
It lists archival holdings of about 800 collections representing 650 groups.

The majority of the documents in the fonds are textual, however, there are some microform and computer disks. The documents consist of project plans, funding applications and reports, correspondence, questionnaires, lists of women's groups, and proofs of the final version. This fonds gives an accurate snapshot of records relating to the women's movement in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Fulford, Margaret

Women's Archives in Canada project

This series contains documents relating to the Women's Archives in Canada project which was funded by the Secretary of State. It includes project planning documents, the advertisement of an archivist position, interviews with candidates, press releases and correspondence with archival organizations seeking archival material.

Project planning

This subseries contains documents relating to the planning the Women's Archives in Canada project. It includes a project proposal, funding application, correspondence, reports, budgets, questionnaires, and employee contracts.

Project proposal, correspondence

This file contains copies of the project proposal and budget sent to the Secretary of State ("Women's Archives in Canada - Proposal for a National Survey and Report"), meeting minutes, and project related correspondence including: proposal and budget, Forum '85 in Nairobi, financial assistance and funding, grant approval, approval of financial and activity reports, project coordinator position, and other project information.


This file contains the job description for the CWMA Archivist as well as signed contracts for other employees.

Project outline, funding application

This file contains project budgets, notes and memos, reports on travel expenses, grant application forms, project proposal and budget sent to the Secretary of State ("Women's Archives in Canada Project Proposal"), Ontario Survey and Report document, an outline of the project, a draft description of the project with information about the Women's Information Centre and the Canadian Women's Movement Archives, a news update titled "'Looking Forward, Reaching Back' - Women's Archives in Canada Project", and project related correspondence including: project proposal, fundraising, and grant applications.


This file contains project related correspondence including: letters of interest from women's groups and replies from the CWMA, computer database research, resumes and cover letters, advertisements to be included in women's publications, requests for information on archival material and responses from women's groups, pamphlet orders, letter from Pamela Harris about the "Faces of Feminism: Toronto/1984" photograph series, preliminary survey responses from women's groups, and internal CWMA handwritten notes and letters.

Financial report

This file contains project financial and activity reports, budgets, changes to allocation of funds, expense reports and notes, and correspondence related to reports sent to the Secretary of State.
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