Fonds MG 4021 - Women Associates of McGill University fonds

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Women Associates of McGill University fonds

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CA MUA MG 4021

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  • 1906 - 2007 (Creation)
    Women Associates of McGill University

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Women’s Associates of McGill University Fonds
1.5m of textual records
2 photographs
1906-2007 inclusive

Administrative records series
1.05m of textual records
1906-2007 inclusive

Special events and activities records series
0.37m of textual records
1914-2006 inclusive

Information and historical documentation series
0.08m of textual records
2 photographs
1915-2005 inclusive

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Founded in 1906 as a merger of the McGill Women’s Club (1905) and the McGill Women’s Union (circa 1900) the Women’s Associates of McGill University was an organization primarily for the wives and daughters of McGill University administrators, faculty and leadership. The official mandate of the McGill Women’s Associates was to “to furnish… the interests and activities of social life of McGill University…”.

Many of the social events and activities mentioned were reflective of their times, during the war years the organization raised funds by buying war bonds as well as knitting projects and correspondence to frontline forces in the world wars. Peacetime activities included book sales, tea soirees and philanthropic endeavours such as providing scholarships. The fonds extends well past the first half of the twentieth century and up to 2007 reflecting the activities of the organization. The organization has changed its name several times (McGill Women’s Club, McGill Women’s Union, Women’s Associates of McGill University) and has remained an important part of McGill’s history.

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Records were created and collected by the Women Associates of McGill University.

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The fonds spans just over 100 years, and especially reflects student and community life at McGill University from 1906-2007. Although the Women’s Association's efforts were aimed at providing help and resources to McGill’s students and community, the Association’s members had their own ties to McGill through employment, scholarship, or family member’s scholarship. The Women’s Association’s social and financial contributions to McGill are documented in this fonds.

Most of the records are related to the administrative functions and social activities of the Women’s Association of McGill, which went through several name changes. The series consist of Administrative records, Special Events and Activities records, and Information and Historical Documentation records. Many of the administrative records (such as minute books) are organized by year and reflect institutional changes in the organization. Other series, such as special events and activities, include associational social events and philanthropy activities.

The Administrative records series consists of minutes, financial statements, and other documentation produced in the regular maintenance and functions of the association. Financial records include cash books, transaction records, treasurer’s reports, receipts, expense reports, and statements, which can be found for the Women’s Union (1914-45) as well as the Women Associates of McGill (up until 2007). Meeting minutes and official reports presented by or to the Executive Board span from 1906-2007, with a complete set of minute books from 1914-1955 (Women’s Union and Women’s Associates). Versions of bylaws, constitutions, and attempts at documenting the history of the Women’s Associates exist from 1906-2000 for both the Women’s Associates of McGill and subgroup Women’s Associates of MacDonald College (spanning 1969-1994).

The Special events and activities records series includes records that were produced in the organization of special events and recurring social activities outside of official meetings, such as wartime efforts, social teas, and scholarship funding. Newsletters and promotional material document special events such as the Book Fair (1974-1985), but can be found up until 2007 more generally. The correspondence between the Women’s Association and non-member McGill students found in some files also shows some particular functions of the Women’s Association; this includes letters from the McGill students who received scholarships and bursaries from the Association, as well as correspondence from undergraduate students enlisted in World War One thanking the Association for knitting projects and letters (1914-1920).

The Information and historical documentation records series includes photographic material, compilations of newspaper clippings, and other documents that were published by other sources but collected by the association for the purposes of documenting information about the association over time. The books containing newspaper clippings about the Women’s Association, presumably compiled by members, about their contributions and achievements (1944-1962, 1942-1984).

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  • English

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