This fonds consists of Wendy McPeake's personal files. It is composed mainly of textual records from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. It contains files related to her involvement in various groups and organizations such as the Ottawa Women’s Centre, the Political Action Collective, the Feminist Action Collective, the Local 7/SORWUC, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada Women’s Committee. It includes materials related to feminist publishers from Canada and the United States, collected by Wendy McPeake when she was arts coordinator for Upstream magazine. The fonds also contains various subject files that reflect Wendy McPeake’s interests during this period. The 1970s was an active period for feminist organizations, especially at the grass-roots level, where a rich feminist culture of politics, music, publishing, and art flourished. Thus, this fonds offers insight into the Women’s Movement in Ottawa, mostly during the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Wendy McPeake was active in the Ottawa Women's Centre, frequently on the Policy Committee. This series consists of records related to events leading up to the closure. It contains records related to the controversy at the Centre on "To incorporate or not to incorporate”. Some files concern the decision in 1980 to open a cafe on Queen Street to support the information resource centre. The series also includes records related to a musical fundraiser in which Wendy McPeake and Louise Leclair were involved in 1977. This concert featured artists such as Angele Arsenault, CT and April, and Ellen McIlwaine. Original documentation on a fundraiser in support of the concert featuring Rita MacNeil are also in this series. Finally, it includes Ottawa Women’s Centre’s consciousness raising kits.
This file consists of documentation included in Consciousness Raising Kit available at the Women's Centre. The kits contain articles related to consciousness raising, information sheets on group's organization, suggested topics for C.R. groups, questionnaire, bibliographies. The file includes a Birth Control Handbook that was also in the kits.