Local Council of Women of Halifax fonds

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Local Council of Women of Halifax fonds

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MG 20, vol. 204 (use microfilm reels 14, 723); vol. 535-536 (use microfilm reels 9596, 9598, 9603); vol. 537-538; 1015 (37-37i); 1054-1055; 1558; 1848-1849

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  • 1894-1987 (Creation)
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    Local Council of Women (Halifax, N.S.)

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  • 1.0 m of textual records
  • 63 photographs

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The Local Council of Women of Halifax was formed 30 August 1894 as an autonomous branch of the National Council of Women of Canada and was incorporated 13 May 1913. The council is comprised of representatives of local organizations and individual members. Its purpose is to improve social and economic conditions for women, families, and communities through lobbying, fundraising, establishing study committees, and providing educational courses and training. Following its establishment, the council advocated the appointment of women in the civil service and on local boards and government commitees. It played a leading role in the institution of female police officers in 1916 and the appointment of women to the Halifax School Board in 1935. The council also assisted in forming the League for the Protection of the Feeble-Minded in 1908 (later the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division) as well as participating in relief work during the First and Second World Wars and advocating prison reform, civic beautification, improved housing, public health, and education. Since 1914, the council has owned and maintained the George Wright house which he bequeathed to them.

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Fonds consists of minutes of the council's executive, annual, and general meetings, treasurer's account books, financial statements, correspondence, annual and committee reports, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, programmes, booklets, membership lists and record book, attendance registers, essays, historical notes, constitution and by-laws, resolutions, and ephemera. Also contains photographic prints depicting members, conventions and social events, and slides taken at Expo '67. Fonds also includes publications and other material relating to the National Council of Women of Canada and International Council of Women.

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The scrapbook compiled between 1908-1917 was deposited at the archives for safekeeping by Mrs. Harold Vincent in 1961. Additional records were donated by the council and its officers in 1976, 1982, and 1985.

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Minutes from 1894-1977 and scrapbook available on microfilm.

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Related records found in the fonds of other Local Council of Women branches including: New Glasgow, Truro, and Westville.

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Women of Nova Scotia

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