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Sara Diamond fonds
CA SVE SD · Fonds · 1970s - 2000s

The contents of the Sara Diamond fonds spans her years in Vancouver as a member of the Revolutionary Workers League, Bread and Roses Collective, Amelia Productions, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the Coalition for the Right To View. There are extensive materials related to Diamond’s Women’s Labour History Project, Code Zebra, curatorial projects, critical writing, educational materials, and independent video art.

Types of materials include photographic negatives (35mm) and prints, documents and publications (approx. 30m), audio recordings ( 200+ 1/4″ and compact cassette), video recordings (500+ 3/4″ Umatic, Betacam, Mini-DV), wearable art, and ephemera.

Sara Diamond
CA SVE SD-01 · Series · 1974 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to the Women's Labour History Project (WLHP) and videos that Diamond produced as part of this project.

The Women’s Labour History Project, 1978-1995, was a non-profit society founded and led by Sara Diamond which undertook a wide variety of documentation and artistic activities. Focusing on the role of women in labour history in British Columbia from the 1920s forward, the WLHP was committed to uncovering the historical roles women played within labour organizations and working-class communities. Its initial form was an audio oral history project started by Diamond during her undergraduate time at Simon Fraser University in 1978. Initial activities included the creation of an annotated bibliography of resources on women’s labour located in B.C. archive, and expanding the oral history project to include video interviews. Diamond also produced an unpublished manuscript based on this research, titled “Chambermaids and Whistlepunks.”

In the late 1980s, Diamond started producing a series of videos which built off of and re-mixed material from the existing Women’s Labour History Project’s activities. During this period, Diamond was known for her creative and experimental approaches to video, combining traditional documentary treatments, docudrama, and archival images. The WLHP undertook other educational efforts during this time including media installations and the publication of discussion guides to accompany some videos.

The series is divided into two subseries:
Textual and photographic records
Audiovisual materials

Sara Diamond
CA SVE SD-01-01 · Subseries · 1974 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Subseries 1 is organized into further subseries by project. Given the nature of activities undertaken by the WLHP, individual subseries often contains materials highly related to other WLHP subseries.

Sara Diamond
WLHP Research
Subseries · Aprox. 1978 - 1985
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Materials in this subseries relates to several different projects undertaken by the WLHP. They were gathered to support the creation of a research bibliography on women in the labour movement in B.C., as well as providing background research for video productions. The subseries consists of research files created by Diamond and other members of the WLHP over the course of the project.

Materials include: texts and images copied from archives across B.C.; hand-written notes; copies of newspaper articles and historical records; xeroxed images of graphic material; and summaries of findings.

Sara Diamond