Title and statement of responsibility area
Alberta Status of Women Action Committee fonds
General material designation
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- Alberta Status of Women Action Committee
Physical description area
6.81 m of textual records and other material
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
The Alberta Status of Women Action Committee (ASWAC) was a feminist organization concerned with advancing the status of women in Alberta by providing a forum for women's voices, raising awareness, and sharing resources to effect change. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the group emerged out of a series of four regional workshops offered throughout Alberta in 1975. The workshops were titled <em>Strategies for Change</em> and were organized by an Edmonton group called Options for Women. Women from urban and rural Alberta participated in these workshops where it was decided that a structure needed to be developed to effect change within the Government of Alberta. Using the information gathered at these sessions a brief was written called <em>Joint Initiatives,</em> which was presented to the Government of Alberta on October 6, 1976. Although the Government denied all of the recommendations in the brief, this became the first conference of ASWAC. In 1979 ASWAC ratified its by-laws and hired a coordinator. A year later the organization applied for funding to hire an Administrative Assistant/Researcher and registered as a Non-Profit Society. The objectives of ASWAC were to promote awareness of issues concerning the social and economic factors affecting the status of women, and to make women aware of choices available to them with regard to health, welfare, education, and law. ASWAC helped women in Alberta to acquire the understanding and skills necessary to participate in all areas of society. They promoted increased involvement in all areas of the community and provided resources to support this aim. ASWAC developed and maintained an effective organization with a communication network throughout Alberta, and facilitated communication and interaction between individuals and groups concerned with improving the status of women. The organization was managed and controlled by a Board, which was made up of a maximum of fifteen full members in good standing. ASWAC also contained five standing committees to look after personnel, budget, membership, assembly, and fundraising. In the late 1990s there was a marked decline in the number of women joining ASWAC. The decline in membership, combined with a lack of funding contributed to the demise of ASWAC. In August 1996 the Board of ASWAC resigned, and the organization officially closed in 1997.
Various members of the Alberta Status of Women Action Committee deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in several accessions between 1993 and 1997.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the formation and operation of the Alberta Status of Women Action Committee including correspondence, by-laws, newsletters, reports, articles, financial records, minutes, publications, and audio-visual records. The fonds also consists of the records of RATJAM (origin of this acronym could not be located), an unofficial sub-committee of ASWAC. The fonds has been divided into the following series: Audio-visual records; Political and women's issues articles and other material; Affiliated organizations' records; Financial records; Correspondence; Publications and other material; Committee records; Conference records; Board records; and RATJAM records.
Also includes ca. 150 photographs, 137 transparencies, 128 audio cassettes, 4 negatives, 4 videocassettes, 3 filmstrips, 2 audio reels, and 1 cinefilm.
Immediate source of acquisition
Language of material
- The material is in English.
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Records of the Calgary Status of Women Action Committee are located at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.
Further accruals are not expected
Information in the Administrative History was obtained from the by-laws of May 15, 1993, and from histories written by various individuals located in accession PR1997.305.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1993.171, PR1993.177, PR1994.229, PR1997.305<br><br>
Standard number area
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Alberta Status of Women Action Committee (Subject)