Fonds consists of briefs, statements, press releases, brochures, correspondence, minutes, agendas, pamphlets, photographs, clippings, print-outs of Wikipedia and Encyclopedia pages, and various other materials pertaining to the activities of the Ottawa Women's Lobby (OWL). The fonds is divided into three series: Public Statements, Operations and Administration, and Photographs, Clippings, and Print-outs.
This fonds consists of material relating to the Women of Impact in the Canadian Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Fields oral history research project. It contains audio and video interviews of 18 women pioneers and leaders in the fields of mining, metallurgy and materials. It also contains interview transcripts, and the Women of Impact book which profiles each of the interviewees.
The fonds contain written records, surveys, and audiocassette tapes from OWAC constitutional consultations which took place across Ontario, the correspondence and records of OWAC coordinator Janet Maher, textual material related to OWAC's work on health care, child care, community economic development, labour, employment equity, and cutbacks to social programs. As the records demonstrate, OWAC's work primarily involved lobbying the Ontario government under NDP Premier Bob Rae (1990-1995) and PC Premier Mike Harris (1995-2002). Like their National affiliate, the NAC, OWAC struggled to survive in the wake of funding cuts by the Mulroney and Chretien federal governments.
Ontario Women's Action Coalition / Coalition des femmes de L'Ontario
The fonds demonstrate Wall's commitment to fair representation of women in trades, technology, and other non-traditional fields where women comprised an incredibly small percentage of the labour force. For example, this fonds contains records related to Lynn Wall's work as a professor for the Introduction to Non-Traditional Occupations program (I.N.T.O.) at Algonquin College in Ottawa, ON, including resources for adult education, articles, handouts, program evaluations, work placement surveys, and correspondence with stakeholders. The fonds also contain meeting minutes, correspondence, and other records from Wall's participation on various local training boards and advisory groups, and miscellaneous material related to women's success in trades and technology occupations, gender equity in the workforce, labour and immigration policy, and women's changing role in society.
These records provide valuable information on the way in which the Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l’ Outaouais functioned from 1991 to 1995. The records consist mostly of board meetings’ minutes and correspondence. It also provides information on the issues that concerned the organization during this period. For example, it contains articles, clippings and reports on the Canadian Human Rights Act (Bill S-15) and the Court Challenge Program and Paedophiles (Bill 128).
Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l'Outaouais
This fonds contains mainly textual records relating to the Vancouver Women's Health Collective. It has one series and consists of workshop documents for issues such as menopause, breast cancer detection, premenstrual syndrome, vaginal and cervical health, and pap tests. It also contains 2 T-shirts; one New Democrat candidate and one for LEAF (Legal Education Action Fund).
The fonds contains records created or accumulated by Maxine Glover during her time as a student and employee in British Columbia. Material includes photographs, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, diaries, and yearbooks.
This fonds is composed mainly of textual records; the administrative records of Mothers Are Women and documents relating to policy issues such as child care, parental leave, and the recognition of women's unpaid labour in the home. MAW primarily lobbied for the Canadian government's recognition of homemakers' contribution to the national economy, and collected an abundance of research material related to these efforts. Additionally, this fonds contains documents relating to the group's publication of Homebase magazine, and other outreach activities, such as workshops and symposiums. There are two audio cassettes featuring interviews with Maureen Kellerman on radio programs, and a number of objects promoting MAW's various events and campaigns. While Mothers are Women did not exist until September 1984, the fonds includes articles, research material, and newspaper clippings from as far back as 1980.
In 1989, Becki Ross a PH.D student in sociology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto began doing research for her thesis by conducting interviews with former members of the Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT). In her interviews she specifically questioned what the political, social, racial and class structures were at LOOT and the reason for the disbanding of LOOT. She carried her interviews with twenty-eight members from 1988 to 1990.
With these interviews, Becki Ross was able to obtain an oral history of the organization, in which each member tells her point of view on the successes and failures of LOOT. With these and other documentation Becki Ross went on to write an article entitled “The House That Jill Built: Lesbian Feminist Organizing in Toronto, 1976-1980” as well as a book The House That Jill Built: A Lesbian Nation in Formation.
The Becki Ross’ Lesbian Organization of Toronto Oral History Project provides valuable information on the way in which LOOT functioned from its conception to its demise. She recorded interviews on 49 audio cassettes with prominent members of LOOT. The interviews provide candid information on the nature of LOOT and the way in which each member recalls and interprets the events surrounding LOOT and the lesbian community of Toronto. They discuss a variety of subjects such as the internal political and social functions at LOOT and its eventual demise. They also discuss several events in the Toronto area such as the Bi-national Lesbian Conference, Anita Bryant and the Body Politic article “Men Loving Boys Loving Men”.
This fonds contains records in various formats; including original organizational records, posters, buttons, t-shirts, flyers, publications, etc., from more than 2,000 Canadian women’s organizations, conferences and individuals. The records date from 1960 up until the mid-1990s and were collected by the Collective of the Canadian Women's Movement Archives.