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Fit to Be Tied
Subseries · 1995 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Materials in this subseries relate to Diamond's video Fit to Be Tied (1995).

Video description from Video Out: “Another in the acclaimed series of videos on B.C. women in the workforce, FIT TO BE TIED documents the lives of hard-working, spirited women during the depression era. Drawing upon oral history, archival footage, and a poetic layering of photographs, film clips, and dramatic re-enactment, the video covers such issues as womens poverty, labour activism, reproduction, feminism, and the rise Fascism in the 30s.”

Materials include correspondence; copyright releases; and documentation of the broadcasting exhibition history of the video.

Sara Diamond
Minutes
CA SVE FNVC-01-02 · Subseries · 1992-1996
Part of First Nations Video Collective fonds

Subseries consists of meeting minutes produced by the collective over the course its existence. Subseries also includes meeting minutes from affiliated groups which collective members attended or were a part of.

General
CA SVE FNVC-04-01 · Subseries · 1992-1996
Part of First Nations Video Collective fonds

Subseries consists of project proposals, planning documents, training opportunities, and other materials related to special projects of the FNVC such as workshops and the minigrant program.

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 Diamond also produced an unpublished manuscript based on this research, titled “Chambermaids and Whistlepunks.”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
Audiovisual materials
CA SVE SD-01-02 · Subseries · 1974 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Subseries consists of audiovisual materials created or used by the Women's Labour History Project. Types of records include interviews, documentaries, and research materials.

For access to a complete database of this subseries, please contact the archivist at the CDMLA.

Sara Diamond
CA SVE SD-07-01 · Subseries · Aprox. 1970 - 1995
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Materials in this subseries include Diamond’s notes, meeting minutes, drafts of articles, internal bulletins, publications, and correspondence. Also includes material from Diamond’s time at SFU as an undergraduate.

Sara Diamond
Political activities
CA SVE SD-07 · Series · Aprox. 1970 - 1995
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Diamond’s political activities outside of her work with the labour movement. This includes the feminist movement, Gay liberation, and solidarity actions. The bulk of the records pertain to Diamond's work with the Revolutionary Workers League in the 1970s. The RWL was formed in 1977 through the fusion of two Canadian-based Trorskyist parties, the Revolutionary Marxist Group and Groupe Marxiste Revolutionnaire. Diamond was active in organizing within the group until her resignation over the lack of engagement from the RWL to the concerns of the Gay Liberation movement.

Other activities present in the records include Bread & Roses, Amelia Productions, the first Canadian Lesbian Conference, Jews Against Zionism, and efforts to save the Vancouver Transition House. More records connected to Diamonds political activities can be found in series 04: Writings and Exhibitions.

Sara Diamond
BARDO
File · 1994
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

File contains photographs and other records related to “Bardo Gap” (performance, 1994) at The Western Front.