Zonta Club of Halifax fonds

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Zonta Club of Halifax fonds

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CR46 (formerly MG20, vols. 3474-3481)

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  • 1951-2010 (Creation)
    Zonta Club of Halifax

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1.71 m of textual records and other material
2 photographs: col. 9 x 12 cm

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(1951 -)

Administrative history

The Zonta Club of Halifax, founded in 1951, is part of Zonta International, a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. There are approximately 34,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 71 countries. The organization was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York. Zonta takes its name from a Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy". The individual Zonta Club is the basic organizational unit of Zonta International. Clubs exist to promote the objectives of Zonta International, and to initiate, adopt, and implement policies and procedures to attain these ends in their own communities, and throughout the world. Members volunteer their time, talents, skills, and energy to local and international service projects designed to advance the status of women. Halifax Club projects have included preschool classes for hard-of-hearing children, shut-in library service, Meals-on-Wheels, second-stage housing for women and children fleeing violence; a self-managed resource centre for women in a public housing complex; and a scholarship encouraging young women to enter careers of influence. Notable past presidents of the Zonta Club of Halifax include Helen Creighton, Abbie Lane, and Phyllis Blakely.

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The fonds was donated to the Nova Scotia Archives by the Club in 1984, 1995, 2004, and 2010. Transferred to HRM Archives in 2010 under the terms of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives Provincial Cooperative Acquisition Strategy.

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Fonds consists of administrative files including minutes of the board and general meetings, correspondence,financial statements, membership directories and lists, annual reports and committee files. This is complemented by proceedings of district and international conferences, as well as correspondence and reports relating to projects and activies undertaken by the club. The contents of the fonds document the work of the organization and what it has undertaken to respond to its mandate.

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Some files had been arranged by the Nova Scotia Archives prior to HRM Archives' arrangement of the fonds; original order on the remainder of the files has been maintained where possible and has been arranged into four series which reflect the major activities of the club over the years.

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      Duplicate material was weeded and material from Zonta International removed, as their records are held at the University of Buffalo.

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