Fonds 00020 - Haney Women's Institute fonds

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Haney Women's Institute fonds

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CA MRM 00020

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22 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

The Haney Women's Institute was established in 1915, arising from the Women's Institute movement established in Ontario in 1897. Women's Institutes were founded to advocate for "domestic sciences" and "home economics", with the institutes in early Maple Ridge greatly involved in community service. The Women's Institute cared for the needy throughout the Great Depression and established a Well Baby Clinic, which provided immunizations and care at no cost to the community, before Public Health assumed responsibility for this activity in 1965.

The early records of the Haney Women's Institute were lost to a fire at the Oddfellows building in 1936. The organization was active until its 68th year, when it was disbanded.

Custodial history

The records of the Haney Women's Institute were typically kept in the custody of the secretary at any given time and passed on to the successor. The last recording secretary was Leona Krefting who donated the records and club seal as the club was in abeyance.

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The fonds consists of incorporation papers and membership lists, guest book for 55th anniversary (1970), the Institute's Baby Clinic ledgers for 1953-1954 and 1958-1965, and receipt books from 1969-1983.

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It is unknown whether this fonds maintains its original order. General organizational records are arranged in chronological order, with files representing between 1 and 4 years of records.

The Well Baby Clinic records have been arranged into a discrete series within the fonds.

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  • English

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Original records are held at the Maple Ridge Museum and Community Archives.

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There have been 3 accessioned accruals in this fonds: 1988, 1992, and 2010.

No further accruals are expected but are possible.

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BCAUL control number: MRM-1450

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