Fonds 2022.0035 - Maureen Trotter fonds

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Maureen Trotter fonds

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CA QUE 2022.0035

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  • 1977-2020 (Creation)
    Maureen Trotter

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1.98 m of textual records and 10 photographs

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(1949 -)

Biographical history

Maureen Trotter was born in 1949. She grew up in Alonsa, Manitoba, an unincorporated community west of Lake Manitoba with a population of approximately 150 people. Trotter completed her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology at the University of Manitoba in 1970. She obtained a Master’s Degree in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1976. Before moving to Quesnel, Trotter spent time living in Winnipeg, Toronto, south of Ottawa, and Vancouver where she worked for a youth camp, a young offender group home, an organization for people with physical disabilities, a minimum security detention centre, and a drug and alcohol treatment program.

Trotter and her partner moved to Quesnel in 1978. Inspired by the back to land movement, they spent their first few years in town building up their property, constructing a stack-wall house, and starting a family. Trotter began working for the School District #28 (Quesnel) and the College of New Caledonia in 1979 on grant-funded contracts for coordinating women’s daytime programs and job employment training programs. She was later hired by the College to develop and teach a non-traditional trades training program for women, a native social development worker program, and a career readiness program. In 1990, Trotter was hired as an instructor for the College’s social service worker program and the university transfer department, where she taught sociology. She held this position until her 2008 retirement.

Trotter is well known in the Quesnel community for her volunteer work for various feminist, social justice, peace, and environmental organizations. She was a founding member of the Quesnel Women’s Resources Centre and was also involved with work at the Amata Transition House and the B.C. Steering Committee of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Trotter’s community service has also extended to the Quesnel Peace Action Group; the Quesnel Environmental Society; the Quesnel Child, Youth, and Family Network; the Quesnel Social Justice Coalition; the Quesnel Affordable Housing Action Committee; and the Quesnel Climate Change Committee.

Custodial history

The records were in the custody and control of Maureen Trotter prior to their transfer to the Quesnel and District Museum & Archives in October 2022. A second accrual was transferred in August 2023.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records created or received by Maureen Trotter through her work for the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre, the Amata Transition House Society, the National Action Committee for the Status of Women, and other local advocacy campaigns and community projects. Records include organizational correspondence, lobbying correspondence, meeting minutes, financial statements, operational notes and manuals, internal policies, photocopied journal articles, literature reviews, research notes, grant proposals, government reports, strategic plans, campaign brochures, talking notes, petitions, newsletters, programming schedules, and contact information lists. Interspersed within the records are copies of newspaper and magazine articles documenting each of these organization's achievements.

The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into 6 series.
• Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre records (series 1)
• Amata Transition House Society records (series 2)
• National Action Committee on the Status of Women records (series 3)
• Quesnel child apprehension issue records (series 4)
• Records of other local organizations (series 5)
• Personal records (series 6)

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Several records in Series 3 and 5 have previously endured water damage.

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The archivist arranged the files into 6 series based on the organizations Trotter worked for: (1) Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre records, (2) Amata Transition House Society records, (3) National Action Committee on the Status of Women records, (4) Quesnel child apprehension issue records, (5) Records of other local organizations, and (6) Personal records.

Files within each series were arranged chronologically by earliest date; an exception to this is Series 4, where the creator’s original file order has been preserved. The original order for the items placed within each file was maintained by the archivist.

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  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Ukrainian

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    Records are primarily written in English. However, some of the records within Series 1, 3, and 5 include French writings in government publications or records produced by the National Action Committee for the Status of Women. In addition, a small subset of records in Series 3 related to the United Nation Fourth World Conference on Women are written in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Ukrainian, and Swedish.

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    Restrictions on access

    Several files are restricted due to personally identifying information such as the names, phone numbers, and addresses of individuals volunteering or working for the described organizations. Restricted files may also contain information about legal actions as well as the termination of employees. Absolutely no records contain the personal information of persons who were directly impacted by the Quesnel child apprehension crisis, nor of clients who have sought the services of the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre or the Amata Transition House. To determine whether a file is restricted, consult the finding aid.

    Restricted files can be accessed by researchers willing to sign a researcher agreement with the Quesnel and District Museum & Archives.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Materials created by Maureen Trotter are available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.

    For copyright-protected materials for which Trotter does not own copyright, the Museum may make copies available for private study or research purposes under the fair dealing provisions of Canada's Copyright Act. Use for any other purpose may require the permission of the copyright owner. It is the user's responsibility to contact owners and secure any permissions.

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    A finding aid is maintained by the Quesnel and District Museum & Archives

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    No further accruals are expected.


    Staples have been removed and replaced with plastic paper clips. The contents of three-ring binders have been placed in file folders. Small newspaper clippings have been photocopied and discarded; large newspapers have been enveloped in acid-free paper. Thermal paper has been photocopied as a preservation action against text fading.

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    August 17, 2023

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