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Calgary Status of Women Action Committee fonds

1970-2006, predominant 1974-2004

Physical Description:
3.14 m of textual records. -- 308 photographs. -- 2 audio recordings. -- 2 video recordings

The Calgary Status of Women Action Committee (CSWAC) was established in 1974 after a survey conducted by concerned individuals in the Local Council of Women, the Status of Women Committee, and the Secretary of State Department indicated the need for a permanent coordinating office in Calgary to alleviate fragmentation of the activities of local women's groups. With a general aim of educating the general public with respect to the status of women, CSWAC amassed a library of publications, newspaper clippings and other resource material accessible to the public and focused attention on many specific issues of concern to women of Calgary and Alberta such as day care, maternity leave, matrimonial property, media advocacy, violence against women and equal pay for work of equal value. These concerns were expressed through the preparation of papers and reports, and the sponsoring of educational conferences, workshops, public meetings and speakers. CSWAC also published and funded the monthly Calgary Women's Newspaper, 1975-1980. With changing times, the group struggled to maintain its membership, focus and funding after the 1990s and folded around 2004.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of annual general meetings, board minutes, charter, bylaws, records of various committees, membership and personnel records, correspondence, financial records, grant applications, project records, newsletters and copies of the Calgary Women's Newspaper. Also includes information kit and recording relating to the Alberta Status of Women Action Committee matrimonial property project, papers and photographs relating to the preservation of the Nellie McClung house, and records relating to various local women's groups initiated, sponsored or of interest to CSWAC, including the Calgary Alliance for the Safety of Prostitutes, Calgary Local Council of Women, Calgary Lesbian Mother's Defense Fund, Calgary Women Looking Forward Networking Society, Women for Political Action and Women of Colour Collective. Note: The records of the herland feminist film festival, which originated as a project sponsored by CSWAC but quickly became independent, were donated along with those of CSWAC but have been organized and listed separately as M-9329.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Calgary Status of Women Action Committee, 1978-2008.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1719, M-5864, M-6218, M-8224, RAT-19

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