Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario fonds

Reference Code: Fonds - F 207
Title: Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario fonds
Date of Creation: 1949-1989
Physical Description:

3 metres of textual records

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of records of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario, including minutes, correspondence, reports, briefs, pamphlets, clippings, published newsletters, constitutions, membership lists, notes, and financial documents created by the Club or found in its custody.

These materials have been arranged upon receipt into several series. Many of these reflect the original order which was given to the documents as they were created, others represent groupings of like materials found throughout the records. Due to frequent alterations in the filing systems of the organization, several overlaps between series exist.

This fonds also contains records created by other organizations. These include records from the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, and the Lakeshore and Weston Business and Professional Women's Clubs. These records were in the custody of the Ontario Club prior to the transfer of records to the Archives of Ontario.

The activities of the Ontario Club are quite well documented in this fonds for the period following 1949. Minutes of the Board of Directors, which include General Annual Meetings, are mostly complete from 1949-1971 and 1976-1986. Much of the work of the organization was conducted by committees, and the committee files are quite extensive for the 1960's, with some coverage of the 1950's and 1970's. These include a wealth of information about the club's policies and procedures. Generally, the period of the 1962 to 1972 is most strongly represented in the fonds.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch:

The Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario was the provincial branch of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, and was a representative body for women's business clubs across Ontario.

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Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario

Finding Aid:

An inventory is available for this fonds.

Structure of Collection:

View how this material is structured within its collection. Select items to navigate through the different available levels of description, including online series, sub-series and listings.

Restrictions on Access:

Access to Rosters and Membership Lists which contain addresses and/or telephone numbers of members of clubs affiliated with the Ontario organization is restricted for 25 years. See inventory for details.

How to order these records:

Reading Rooms: First consult the inventory for F 207 to narrow down search.

Terms For Use and Reproduction:

Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: This fonds was transferred to the Archives of Ontario in several accessions from past presidents of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario and from a club historian.
Custodial History: These records were initially described alongside records of the Guelph, Chatham and Toronto Clubs and titled "Records of Women's Organization", which also included the Kay Marks Estate Papers (F 212). In 1990 these were divided into their respective fonds and new inventories prepared.
Related Material:

The Archives of Ontario has the papers from three of the clubs in Ontario: the Toronto Club (F 2085), the Guelph Club (F 227), and the Chatham Club (F 215). In addition, a group of papers relating to the history of the Ontario Federation was created by club historian Kay Marks and has been transferred to the archives. These records consist of correspondence with several clubs, membership lists, and some region and district files. They have been described as F 212, Kay Marks Estate Files.

Associated Material:

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs have deposited a large group of papers documenting the federation's activities between 1930 and 1973 at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. These have been assigned the call number "MG 28, 1- 55"


Title based on content of fonds.

Other/Former Codes:

Accession Numbers: 10851, 12789, 14383, 15920, 23164.