Young Women's Christian Association Women's Resource Centre (Calgary) fonds
1882-1976, predominant 1973-1977
42.5 cm of textual records
The YWCA opened its Women's Resource Centre in Calgary, Alberta in 1973 to provide local women with information, referral and counselling services, a lending library, and programs focussing on women's issues. The Centre was staffed by volunteers and was well used for several years. Gwen Willman, Christine Bell, and Louise Maerov were active in the organization. However, interest and usage gradually declined and the centre was closed to the public in 1976. After a thorough reassessment of the needs of local women, the Centre reopened in 1979. This decision was facilitated by an informal agreement with the Calgary Status of Women Action Committee for the Centre to take over all information and referral services formerly shared by the two organizations. In 1997 the centre was re-amalgamated with the Calgary YWCA.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of proposals, reports, and information files related to the operations and services of the Women's Centre; and scrapbooks of historical articles (1882-1976) from Calgary newspaper related to women's rights, the franchise, feminism, careers, birth control, abortion, divorce, and other women's issues.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of YWCA Women's Resource Centre, Calgary, 1980.
The material is in English.
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(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)