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Madeleine Parent Fonds

  • CA MUA MG4269
  • Fonds
  • 1899-2009

The fonds chiefly documents Madeleine Parent’s activities as a key union organizer and activist in Québec and Ontario, for the United Textile Workers’ Union of America (UTWA), 1943-1952 and Canadian Textile Council (CTC), as well as the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union (CTCU), 1952-1983, through union documents, including minutes, resolutions, collective agreements, financial documents, and correspondence, as well as newspaper clippings, union/labour newsletters, union convention badges and photographs. The records of union activities include handwritten transcripts of the testimony at her seditious conspiracy trial 1947-1948, pamphlets and broadsheets concerning strikes at Dominion Textile in 1952, and Harding Carpets in 1956 as well as a photo album of her trip to China, 1960. The records also to a much lesser extent reflect her activities in the Council of Canadian Unions as well as the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU) through records of executive board and congress activities, chiefly 1973-1983 and her notes concerning labour school training sessions, 1977-1981.

The fonds also documents Madeleine Parent’s social and political activism, especially in the years following her retirement from the union in 1983, through correspondence, speeches and lectures, newspaper clippings, minutes, agenda books, 1948-2009, telephone journals, 1990-2005, photographs, as well as audiotapes of interviews and speeches. There are records concerning her involvement in public campaigns concerning such issues as free trade, 1987, de-indexing of family allowances, 1985-1986, freedom of choice/abortion rights, 1986-1987, Charlottetown Accord, 1992 and the human rights case of Mary Pitawanakwat, 1994-1995. Some of these campaigns reflect her involvement in the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Also included are documents pertaining to her personal life including family documents, correspondence, biographical information, photographs, and diplomas.

This fonds also contains personal and labour-related writings, including articles, letters to the editor, book reviews, reports on union activities, notes on Canadian history, and correspondence of Kent Rowley, 1942-1975.

Parent, Madeleine, 1918-2012

McGill brochures and campus maps

This file contains McGill ephemera with campus maps, including a postcard announcing move of Centre for Continuing Education from Strathcona Hall to the Redpath building (ca. 1982), a booklet containing a walking tour of women pioneers at McGill (Oct 1999), a booklet containing a walking tour of McGill (ca. 1980s), and a campus map (1967).

Faculty Club ephemera

This file contains posters, flyers, invitations, reservation cards, and menus for McGill Faculty Club events. Events include celebrations of Robbie Burns Day, Christmas, Hallowe'en, Chinese New Year, and the 1996 Anniversary Ball, as well as themed evenings such as an oyster party, a Canadian cuisine dinner, lobster festivals, a square dancing evening, and a wine festival. Also includes two copies of the McGill Faculty Club Catering Guide.

Ephemera, 1946-1982

This file contains ephemera related to life at McGill and in Montreal. Includes schedules, invitations, posters, programs, brochures, newspapers, and flyers with information about conferences, convocations, demonstrations, performances, exhibitions, other events, and various other topics. Also includes some stationary, a business card, and an exam booklet.

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