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Young Women's Christian Association (Calgary) fonds


Physical Description:
2 m of textual records. -- 153 photographs

The Young Women's Christian Association of Calgary, Alberta was formed in 1907 by a group of prominent local women who were concerned about the lack of suitable and reasonable accommodation for single young women entering the city. The women, who included Mrs. John McDougall, Mrs. George Kerby, Mrs. G.S. Jamieson and the association's first president, Mrs. Thomas Underwood, immediately started fund raising, and in 1908 opened the first YWCA residence in the city. In addition to providing reasonable accommodation for women, the YWCA has been involved in many other projects over the years including summer camps, cooperative housing for unwed mothers, physical education for women, traveller's aid, female unemployment and cooperative work with other local social service agencies. The YWCA hosts an annual women's awards banquet. For further information see Creating Cornerstones : A History of the YWCA of Calgary / Antonella Fanella and Pernille Jakobsen. -- Calgary : YWCA of Calgary, 2011.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of board and committee minutes, financial statements, correspondence, reports, scrapbooks, and photographs of members and events. Includes nominations files for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, and programs and guest books for the Women Celebrate Women dinner which commemorated the Persons Case.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Calgary Youth Aid Centre Society, Stanley Harold Comba, Ruth Lowry, Florence Alberta Shaw, Mary Gay Sparks, Unemployed Girls' Club of Calgary, and Leone Wellwood.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Young Women's Christian Association, 1979-2007.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Other YWCA records, related to Women of Distinction awards, are held by Special Collections at the University of Calgary Library.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-579, M-1711, M-5856, M-5913, M-6092, M-6247, M-7768, PA-2126, PA-2217, PA-2303, PD-155, NA-3215

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