Information As of January 4, 2022, the Library is open with restrictions in place. For more information visit the services and operations updates page.

Women's Archives

The Canadian Women's Movement Archives and the uOttawa Women's Archives

International Women's Day Demonsration

Canadian Women's Movement Archives Collection 10-001-S3-I0247

The uOttawa Women’s Archives collection contains more than 170 archival fonds and collections related to the history of women in Canada, with particular emphasis on the feminist movement since the 1960s.

The Canadian Women’s Movement Collection (10-001) and the Canadian Women’s Movement Archives fonds (10-002) were acquired by the University of Ottawa in 1992 and this marked the beginning of an extensive body of archival material which continues to grow.

The Women’s Information Centre, led by Pat Leslie the former editor of The Other Woman, was established in 1977 by a group of women who wanted to collect information about feminist activities across Canada. The group sent letters to women’s organizations and individuals requesting copies of their publications and other documents, emphasizing the importance of preserving the memory of the women’s movement. As a result, various groups sent their newsletters, reports, posters, t-shirts, banners, buttons, and other records. The Canadian Women's Movement Archives was officially established in Toronto in 1982.

In 1992, all the material collected by the Canadian Women's Movement Archives was donated to the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Ottawa and can now be found under the Canadian Women's Movement Archives Collection (10-001) as part of our Women's Archives collection.

Throughout the years, more than 170 archival fonds and collections relating to women's history and the women's movement in Canada have been added to this collection. Included in the archives are the records of more than 350 grassroots organizations and diverse women’s groups such as the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, the National Association of Women and the Law, Healthsharing Magazine, Branching out, Wages for Housework Committee, Lesbian Mother's Defense Funds, among many others. The Archives also contain personal papers from significant women involved in the women’s movement in Canada and in various spheres of activities, including Helen Levine (social worker), Nancy Ruth (activist), Pat Petrala (community organizer), Lou Nelson (feminist activist), Judith Lermer Crawley (photographer), Monique Frize (engineer), and Dawna Gallagher (artist).

Detailed findings that describe the archival fonds in the Women's Archives can be found in the AtoM database, or as PDFs which can be accessed from our Research guide.

Back to top