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Irma and Frances Wright fonds


Physical Description:
1 m of textual records

Irma Toth, 1910-2003, was born near Melville, Saskatchewan. She taught school, then joined the RCAF, Women's Division during the Second World War. While serving in London, England she met Frank E. Wright, 1917-2006, of South Africa. They married in 1945, moved to South Africa, and had three children, Frances, Kay (Thompson) and Leslie Charles. The family moved to Canada in 1953, settling in Calgary after a brief stay in Regina. Irma Wright has been prominent in the Alberta Liberal Party, Local Council of Women, Calgary Status of Women Action Committee and other organizations. Frances, 1946- , was educated at the University of Calgary, and studied journalism in Ottawa. She ran, unsuccessfully, as a federal Liberal candidate in 1974 and 1979. She, too, has been very active in the CSWAC and other women's organizations. She is married to Richard Pootmans. Frances received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2014.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes, reports, programs, newsclippings, etc. of the Calgary Status of Women Action Committee, Women for Political Action, Calgary Local Council of Women, Alberta Liberal Party, and other organizations in which the Wrights were active. Includes Frances' campaign records.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Irma and Frances Wright, 1983-2003.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6542, M-7537, M-8982

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