Fonds F-115 - Margo Dunn fonds

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Margo Dunn fonds

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  • 1968 - 1993 (Creation)
    Dunn, Margo

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75 cm of textual records
2 artifacts

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(17 March 1944 -)

Biographical history

Margo Dunn, actor, writer, feminist and owner of Ariel Books, has been an active force in the Vancouver women's movement since 1966. She participated in the Abortion Caravan to Ottawa in 1970, acted in guerrilla theatre, and taught Women's Studies at Vancouver City College Langara.

Born in Montreal, on March 17, 1944, Ms. Dunn completed a BA in English from Marianopolis College (de l'Universite de Montreal) in 1964. In 1966, she moved to Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University from 1968 to 1970 working towards an MA in English. Ms. Dunn returned to SFU in 1974 and 1975 to finish work on her MA thesis, "The Development of Narrative in the Writing of Isabella Valency Crawford." From 1977 to 1979 she worked as an editor and taught drama at the University of New Brunswick. She also ran in the 1978 New Brunswick provincial election as a candidate for the NDP. Ms. Dunn has also taught women's studies at VCC-Langara in Vancouver from 1980 to 1990. Ms. Dunn is also a writer and editor; she edited the publication Makara in the 1970s and Room of Ones Own, in the early 1980s. In addition to her professional activities, Margo Dunn is an unofficial record-keeper of the Vancouver women's movement. She collected and stored material that she felt was important to record women's activities in the struggle for freedom and equality. In this role, she was sought out by representatives of various women's organizations and individuals to store and preserve their records.

More recently, Ms. Dunn has been a columnist for X'tra West and Angles. She also contributes opinion and editorial pieces for the gay and lesbian television programs, Prism and, later, Outlook. She also writes and performs her own work and has resumed her early profession as an actor.

Custodial history

The records remained in the possession of Margo Dunn until they were donated to the Simon Fraser University Archives.

Scope and content

The fonds is comprised of the records of Ariel Books and a number of subject files compiled or collected by Margo Dunn. Records reflect Margo Dunn's business interest as owner of Ariel Books, and her role as collector of the records of the Vancouver women's movement.

Includes correspondence, financial records, log books, promotional material, catalogues, articles, clippings, manuscripts, artifacts, and ephemera.

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The fonds was donated by Margo Dunn to the Simon Fraser University Archives in a series of accessions from 1997 to 1999.


The materials were arranged by the Archivist.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright subsists in all or some of the records and the donor, Margo Dunn, has retained copyright ownership. Generally, the donor only owns copyright to the works s/he authored and not necessarily to all the records that comprise this fonds or collection. The Archives can make a single copy only for private study, research, or other fair dealing use by a patron. Those researchers wishing to ask permission to copy and use the copyright protected materials for a different purpose must contact the copyright owner. Speak with the Reference Archivist for details.

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Associated materials

Please consult the inventory for the Women's Bookstore Collection, F-111 and the Women's Studies Association of British Columbia fonds, F-75.

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All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. No further accruals are expected.

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Finding aid prepared by Kristina Laszlo, Frances Fournier and Enid Britt (December 1999).

Revised by Lisa Beitel (January 2006).

Updated by Enid Britt (April 2006).

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