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Business and Professional Women's Club of Calgary fonds

[ca. 1927]-2012

Physical Description:
3.2 m of textual records. -- 284 photographs

The Business and Professional Women's Club of Calgary was started in 1927 by Nellie McClung (one of the Famous Five [Famous 5]), Della Jones and Pansy Pue. The club was originally called the Current Event Club before adopting its present name in 1929. In 1930 six charter clubs across Canada, including the Calgary club, formed the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. That same year an international federation was formed in Geneva and Canada was a charter member. There is also a provincial branch of the organization. The purposes of the club include: to stimulate interest in government business and elections; to promote the equality of women with men; to promote an awareness of the complexity of women's lives both in and out of the home; to promote the interests of women; and to encourage a spirit of cooperation by extending educational opportunities through industrial, scientific and vocational activities. Club members are actively involved in public speaking, community support and various social functions. For further information see Larraine Andrews' articles: "The Business and Professional Women's Club of Calgary" in Business in Calgary. -- vol. 5, no. 4 (April 1995), p. 57-58, 60; and "Calgary Business and Professional Women's Club" in Alberta History. -- vol. 45, no. 1 (Winter 1997), p. 20-25.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of constitution and bylaws (1927-1992), histories (1933-1984), minutes (1932-1994), membership records (1928-1992), annual reports (1934-1959, 1970-1993), financial statements (1939-1993), committee records (1958-1994), files related to activities and events (1931-1994), The Trillium newsletter (1968-1994), newspaper clippings and scrapbooks (1929-1990s), records of the alumnae group and retired members, including Mae McHattie and Pauline Bish (1956-1998), photographs of club members and activities (1930-1980s), and records of the provincial and national bodies of the organization, including their constitutions and conference proceedings.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Calgary, Una Evans, Lynn Garrison, Mae McHattie, and Susan Mumby, 1961-2012.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Other records of the Federation are held by Library and Archives Canada.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8185, M-8705, M-9564, PA-3287, PB-808, PD-364, PE-157, NA-3709

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