Women of Unifarm fonds
1920-2000, predominant 1949-2000
3.5 m of textual records. -- 98 photographs. -- 5 microfilm reels
A women's auxiliary to the United Farmers of Alberta was established in 1914. In 1916 it became an organization in its own right under the name United Farm Women of Alberta (UFWA). Irene Parlby was the first president. The organization provided rural women with an opportunity to meet socially and served as a forum for discussions about issues of importance to women and the rural community. Annual conventions attended by local delegates were held in conjunction with the UFA, and the resulting resolutions were submitted to the government. The organization, along with UFA, was politically active from 1918 to 1939. In 1949 the UFA and the Alberta Farmers' Union merged to form the Farmers' Union of Alberta. The Farm Women's Union of Alberta (FWUA) was established at the same time. In 1970 the FUA and the Alberta Federation of Agriculture joined to form Unifarm and Women of Unifarm. In the 1980s and 1990s the organization was vry active in promoting farm safety. For further information see Politics, Pitchforks and Pickle Jars : 75 Years of Organized Farm Women in Alberta / Nanci Langford. - Calgary : Detselig Enterprises, 1997. The organization disbanded in 2000.
The records of the locals in this fonds were gathered together by Nanci Langford while writing the history of the Women of Unifarm cited above. They were transferred to Glenbow by Ms. Langford according to the wishes of the organization.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes (1949-2000), handbooks (1955-2000), annual convention programs (1964-2000), briefs and submissions (1953-1955), correspondence and reports of Regions (1974-2000), newsletters (1979-2000), projects files (1962-2000), scholarships records (1978-2000), and photographs of executives, members, conventions, and farm safety activities (1949-1998). The fonds also consists of minutes, membership rolls, cashbooks, scrapbooks, etc. of these locals: Andrew, Aunger (Fenn), Bonanza, Brooks, Clover Bar, Eastburg, Edmonton, Fairdonian Valley (Sedgewick), Fort Saskatchewan, Hazel Bluff, High River, Hines Creek, Irvine, Jefferson (Cardston), Naco, Notre Dame (Edmonton), One Tree (Brooks), Pembina, Red Deer, Ridgewood (Penhold), Rosalind, Rosyth, Sedalia, Swalwell, Trochu, Westlock, Willowdale, and Yorkville (Fort Saskatchewan).
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Women of Unifarm, 1993-2000.
The material is in English.
No restrictions on access.
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
View finding aid / scanned documents:
Provincial executive minutes and conference proceedings, 1915-1949, are available on microfilm in the UFA fonds at Glenbow. Many photos of UFWA activites and members are also in the UFA fonds.
Records of Louise Vogel Johnston as president of the FWUA,1963-1967, are in the Louise and Russell Johnston fonds, at Glenbow.
Records of the Alix, Beaverlodge, Chestermere, Dalemead, Sunniebend and Sydenham-Gerald locals are also held by Glenbow.
Nanci Langford's collection of material used while writing Politics, Pitchforks and Pickle Jars is also at Glenbow.
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 8365, M 1718/1, M 1751, Microfilm Women of Unifarm, PA 3606, PB 934, PE 204