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American Woman's Club fonds


Physical Description:
87 cm of textual records. -- 20 photographs

The American Woman's Club was formed in 1912 in Calgary, Alberta to enable wives of American businessmen, often only temporarily in Calgary, to meet. Mrs. Herbert Edgar Anderson, the club's instigator, was also its first president. As well as being a social club, the AWC cooperated with other local organizations in philanthropic and civic improvement activities. Members raised money to support local charities and cultural groups through the sale of cook books, dances and other events. During First World War, members formed a Red Cross department to aid local war work. The club was dissolved in 2007. For further information see Kate Gunn's article "American Woman's Club" in Fort Calgary Quarterly - vol. 4, no. 1 (Winter, 1983); Glimpses of the Past : The History of the American Woman's Club, Calgary, Alberta, 1912-1952 / Edith M. Lawrence. -- Calgary, 1952, and Nora Faires "Talented and Charming Strangers from across the line": gendered nationalism, class privilege and the American Woman's Club of Calgary" in One Step over the line: toward a history of women in the North American wests / Elizabeth Jameson and Sheila McManus, eds. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2008.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes, annual reports, membership registers, financial statements, newsletters, and photographs.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of American Woman's Club, 1981 and U. S. Consulate, Calgary, 2008.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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There are other photographs related to the American Woman's Club in the Archives Photographs database.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-5979, M-9335, PA-3813, PB-956

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