Call Number: Tc 79
Title: Business and Professional Women's Club
of Winnipeg fonds.
Extent: 10 audio-cassettes.
Administrative history: The Business and Professional
Women's Club of Winnipeg (BPWCW) was established in 1924 to provide
a forum for women professionals to meet, discuss common problems
and lobby for women's issues. Issues in which the club was interested
included equal pay for work of equal value, better treatment of
women in the workplace, and the creation and improvement of the
Canada Pension plan. The club was originally situated in downtown
Winnipeg at the St. Regis Hotel, but moved in 1946 to a house at
3 Evergreen Street in the Osborne Village neighborhood of Winnipeg.
In 1965, the Evergreen Clubhouse was sold and the club moved back
downtown to a space above Moore's restaurant on Portage Avenue.
The club is currently located on Lombard Avenue in downtown Winnipeg.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Deanna Mallon
Scope and content: The fonds consists of ten audio
cassette tapes created by the Business and Professional Women's
Club of Winnipeg Oral History project 1990. Each tape contains oral
interviews with club members and details their reasons for involvement
in the club. Interviewees were all long-standing members of the
club and included: Winona Hockley, a retired schoolteacher; Olive
Flett, also a schoolteacher; Jenny Kirkness, a Winnipeg accountant
and former president of the BPWCW; Jean Miller, a librarian; Ida
Fenwick, an accountant and holder of several positions in the club's
executive including honourary president; Frances Lovat, a secretary
and former member of the club's executive; Mabel E. Kent, a stenographer
and former secretary of the club; Jessie Buckingham, a schoolteacher;
Irene Grant, the first married female schoolteacher in Manitoba;
Marguerite Hargrave, a court reporter and member of several BPWCW
committees; Lily Hobbs, a secretary for the federal Department of
Agriculture; and Beatrice Deeks, who worked for the federal government's
unemployment office and a former second vice-president of the club.
Interviews were conducted by Kimberly Kappel, Deanna Mallen, and
Carole Vann. The fonds also consists of printed summaries of the
interviews, which are arranged chronologically.
Souce of supplied title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: Printed finding aid is available
in Archives reading room.