Fonds 10-031 - Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund fonds

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Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund fonds

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CA ON0034 10-031

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  • 1968-1987, predominant 1978-1987 (Creation)
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    Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund

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39.4 cm of textual records

20 photographs

20 negatives

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(1978-1987)

Administrative history

In 1978, members from Wages Due Lesbians created a new organization called Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund (LMDF). Modelled on the Seattle organization Lesbian Mothers’ National Defense Fund, this new group was formed in Toronto in 1978 and was primarily concerned with helping lesbian mothers in child custody cases. As such, it collected a large amount of documents on trials held in Canada and the United States, which it distributed to lesbian mothers or/and their lawyers. It also provided some financial assistance and emotional support to lesbian mothers.

To reach as many women as possible it also began to publish a newsletter, Grapevine: the newsletter of the Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund. Not only did it inform women but the money helped to support the running of the organization. The Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund also raised money by holding dances and accepting donations. However, the revenues were slim and they had to rely heavily on grants given by several companies. By 1987 the organization ceased operations.

Custodial history

This fonds was donated by Francie Wyland to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in 1993 along with the Toronto Wages for Housework Committee fonds and Wages Due Lesbians fonds.

Scope and content

This fonds contains mostly clippings and court cases reflecting the Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund mandate of providing information and emotional support for lesbian mothers involved in child custody cases. They achieved this by creating a source of literature for lawyers and lesbian mothers to consult, such as court cases, Lesbian Mother Litigation Manual and other articles on the subject. The fonds also includes administrative documents such as meeting minutes and reports, as well as correspondence with affiliated groups and individuals.

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Originally this fonds was classified as part of 10-008. Legacy numbering reflects this.

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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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CA

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ON0034

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RAD

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Draft

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  • English

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