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 Diamond also produced an unpublished manuscript based on this research, titled “Chambermaids and Whistlepunks.”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