Fonds F 0011 - Canadian Federation of University Women, Windsor fonds

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Canadian Federation of University Women, Windsor fonds

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F 0011

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  • 1945-1997 (Creation)

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211 cm textual records
359 col. slides
128 col. photographs
94 b&w photographs

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The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) was founded in 1919, during a period in which women were pursuing postsecondary education in modest but increasing numbers. Inspired by British and American organizations, the CFUW aimed to amplify the voices of educated women and mobilize them for joint action. It brought together existing local clubs of women university graduates in a national federation and subsequently expanded to new communities. CFUW leaders consistently directed the organization to support women engaging in politics, advocate for pay equity, support higher education for women (in part through scholarships), campaign for peace and international understanding, and participate in the International Federation of University Women. During the Second World War (1939-1945) local clubs supported the war effort through humanitarian work and initiatives benefitting women in the armed forces.

The Windsor club was part of a mid-century CFUW expansion spurred by a dramatic increase in women attending university. Windsor members received their club charter in 1945 and pursued a mix of social, educational, and advocacy activities in Windsor and Essex County over ensuing decades. The CFUW celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2019, boasting a membership of approximately 10,000 women organized into 123 local clubs. The Windsor club by that point was composed of female university graduates (“regular members”) and other women (“associate members”) who shared a commitment to: (1) the pursuit of knowledge and promotion of education, (2) improving the status of women and human rights, and (3) actively participating in public affairs in a spirit of cooperation and friendship.

Sources: “About Us,” on Canadian Federation of University Women – Windsor, Ontario website, ; and “About Us” / “CFUW History” (2004), Canadian Federation of University Women website (captured by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, 12 May 2012), (both accessed 28 September 2020); contents of fonds.

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This fonds contains records created or collected by the Windsor, Ontario club of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) between 1945 and 1997. Collectively, the records provide insight into club members’ social and political activities, as well as their engagement with provincial and national CFUW bodies, and select member organizations of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). The records have been arranged into four series: Series I: CFUW – Windsor Club (1945-1997); Series II: CFUW – Ontario (1950-1994); Series III: CFUW – National (1943-1995); Series IV: International Federation of University Women (1918-1994).

Series I is the most extensive, containing 13 subseries for administrative and financial records, meeting minutes and annual reports, conferences, social gatherings, fundraising initiatives, correspondence, publications, news clippings, scrapbooks and photographs, and advocacy work (mainly around the status of women, education, and/or local heritage). Of particular interest are the club’s 1968 submission to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and records of its role in challenging gender-based discrimination within the Windsor Board of Education during the 1970s-1980s.

Series II – IV contain some general information about the provincial, national, and international levels of the CFUW/IFUW, but primarily reflect the specific participation of Windsor members in those organizations, often in the form of social gatherings, conferences, or issues related to the status of women. The CFUW’s practice of passing resolutions related to issues of contemporary concern provides useful insights into members’ collective social and political views.

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  • English

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Some files contain personal identifying information re: members. To be reviewed by staff before researcher access is granted.

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A PDF finding aid is available.

Associated materials

Leddy Library ASC, Evelyn McLean fonds; Library and Archives Canada, R2770 (Canadian Federation of University Women)

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