Héritage preserves archival sources in Women's History

Héritage preserves archival sources in Women's History

Héritage, a project to digitize and provide access to vast troves of unpublished archival material, has preserved the personal papers of  artist and writer Emily Carr (1871-1945); Lady Aberdeen (1857-1939), influential philanthropist and women's advocate; Marie de l'Incarnation (1599-1672), religious leader and teacher in New France, and the corporate records of several organizations from early women's rights movements.

Emily Carr fonds

Already renowned for her landscape paintings and works on the indigenous peoples of British Columbia, Emily Carr shifted towards writing in the late 1930s, encouraged by her literary editor Ira Dilworth. Her written works include Klee Wyck (which won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction), The Book of Small, The House of All Sorts, and Growing Pains.

About the resource

This collection is comprised of textual records, including correspondence with Ira Dilworth and Lawren Harris (a member of the Group of Seven), financial records, journals, manuscripts of books and stories, addresses, notebooks, notes, manuscripts by others, and other material.
Permanent linkhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_105394

Lady Aberdeen's Journals

Lady Aberdeen was a popular Scottish author, philanthropist and advocate of women's interests whose husband served as Canada's Governor General between 1893 and 1898. During this term, she helped to form the National Council of Women of Canada and was the first woman in Canada to receive an honorary university degree.

About the resource 

This collection consists of Lady Aberdeen's Journals. Microfilm reels C-1352 to C-1355 contain her journals from 1890 to 1899, while reel C-1355A includes newspaper clippings, events concerning the Aberdeen family from February to July 1898, an account of a trip to the Pacific coast in July and August 1898, and notes on women's societies. Journals contain images, photos, sketches and pamphlets interspersed throughout. 
Permanent linkhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_124589

International Council of Women fonds

The International Council of Women (ICW) was the first women's organization to work across national boundaries advocating rights for women. Women from professional organizations, trade unions, arts groups and benevolent societies participate; notably, Lady Ishbel Aberdeen was elected president of the council in 1893.

About the resource

This collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda and reports between Lady Aberdeen and various women, including members of the ICW. This fond concerns prospective national councils of the ICW and affiliated national councils of the ICW during portions of the 1920s and 1930s. Included is correspondence about setting up a chapter in Newfoundland. 
Permanent linkhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_100479

Fonds Marie de l'Incarnation

The Blessed Marie of the Incarnation (1599 - 1672) led the group of nuns sent to establish the Ursuline Order in New France, the oldest educational institution for women in North America. Both the French colonists and Aboriginals sought the education of their daughters by the nuns, and the nuns soon opened the monastery and a boarding school. Marie personally composed dictionaries in the Algonquin and Iroquois tongues, a sacred history in Algonquin, and a catechism in Iroquois. Her writing is considered to be one the principle sources of early French Canadian and Catholic history.

About the resource

This collection consists of a set of "moral and edifying letters of Marie of the Incarnation" reflecting her activities in Canada between 1645 and her death in 1672. These letters are apparently transcripts made in the late 17th century of original letters first published in Paris between 1677 to 1681 by the son of Marie de l'Incarnation, Dom Claude Martin. No finding aid is available. The letters themselves are written in French, but the introductory material at the start of microfilm reel C-1719 that sets up the collection is in English.
Permanent linkhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_98571

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire fonds

The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE Canada) is a Canadian women's charitable organization that was founded in 1900 to strengthen Canada's national ties with Britain.

About the resource

The collection available on microfilm reel H-1015 houses the provincial charters granted throughout the organization's history up to 1979. A blank sample charter appears on slide 00519. The charters on reel H-1015 are arranged alphabetically by province, then alphabetically by community or city within each province, and then chronologically within each community.
Permanent linkhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_99340

National Council of Women of Canada fonds

The National Council of Women of Canada is an advocacy organization aimed at improving conditions for women, families and communities, and the Canadian member of the International Council of Women. It was historically concerned with women's suffrage, immigration, health care, education, mass media, the environment and other issues. The Council was formed in 1893 in Toronto; Lady Aberdeen served as the Council's first president until 1899. Provincial councils were organized in the following years. 

About the resource

The fonds consist of meeting minutes, letterbook correspondence and registers, newspaper clippings, and various subject files containing resolutions, reports, printed material and clippings. Also included are official documents, financial records, reference material, publications and committee files. 
A shelf list of items in the collection can be found online in the finding aid at the very back of the document in Appendix A. 
Permanent linkhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_97640