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Simon Fraser University Women's Centre fonds Series
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British Columbia Federation of Women (BCFW) records

Series consists of records made or received by the Women's Centre in its capacity as a member of the British Columbia Federation of Women (BCFW). The SFU Women's Centre was an affiliate member of the BCFW in the Lower Mainland Region. As the BCFW disbanded in 1989, it made a donation to the SFU Women's Centre Development Fund of $1600. This money along with other private donations to the Women's Centre is intended to support work which is feminist and activist in nature but which falls outside the scope of the Centre's usual operations. The Women's Centre Development fund is not used for ongoing operating expenses of the Women's Centre.

Activities documented in this series include annual BCFW conventions; meetings of the Coordinating Collective, the Lower Mainland Region, and the finance committee; correspondence with various action committees (including the Structure Committee, Rights of Lesbians Committee, Women and Prisons Committee, Women's Heath Committee, Women Against Violence Against Women Committee, and Human Rights Committee); budget planning, grant applications, and accounts management; administration of membership applications, renewals and correspondence; and publications and public relations. Records consist of constitution and policy handbook; correspondence; agendas, minutes and meeting support papers; reports and proposals; financial statements, ledgers and daybooks; membership lists and records; and BCFW newsletters, publications and brochures.

Note that some of these records were information copies received by the Women's Centre as an affiliate member of the BCFW; others, however, appear to be the original records of the BCFW itself (e.g. some of the financial and membership records).

British Columbia Federation of Women

Correspondence files

Series consists of correspondence conducted by the Women's Centre with campus and off-campus individuals and organizations, including university administrators, the Simon Fraser Student Society, the Women's Studies Coordinating Committee, the Vancouver Status of Women, and the Women's Building Society of Vancouver. Activities documented include requests for information; support and participation in events and projects; funding proposals; and liaison with other groups and organizations. Records consist of correspondence.

Education, advocacy and outreach files

Series comprises records relating to the planning, organization and implementation of Women's Centre projects, programs and events. Activities documented include International Women's Day events, December 6 vigils, and film nights; interventions on campus issues and controversies such as pornography on campus and the development of the Harassment Policy; workshops; participation in conferences; and a survey of Women's Centre users (1981). Records include correspondence; proposals and reports; programs and presentations; notes, drafts and working papers; brochures, posters and other publicity material; press clippings; meeting minutes; survey data and analysis; and photographs.

Financial records

Series consists of records relating to the funding of the Women's Centre and its management of financial resources. Activities documented include funding proposals and grant applications, budget planning and approval, and review and management of accounts. Records consist of correspondence, proposals, reports, budgets, financial statements, account books and ledgers, and grant applications and supporting documentation.

Liaison and cooperation files

Series consists of records relating to the Women's Centre's interaction and work with outside organizations, in particular, the B.C. and Yukon Association of Women's Centres and the Women's Studies Student Union at SFU. Records include reports, minutes, newsletters, correspondence and other documents.


Series comprises records created by Women's Centre staff to document day-to-day operations, staff activities and messages, and women's use of the Centre's facilities. Records include logbooks (1979-1992) containing daily entries by staff recording work completed, messages, phone calls, proposals, comments and opinions, and occasional correspondence; daily work reports (1984-1986) tabulating the number of phone calls and drop-ins by category; mail logs (1991) registering incoming and outgoing mail; phone logs (1991); and sign-in books (1988-1992) signed by women using the Centre, recording name, date, purpose or other comments relating to the visit.

Organization records

Series consists of records relating to the evolution of the Women's Centre as an organization. Activities documented include the development of Centre policies, procedures and organizational structure; meetings of the Women's Centre Steering Committee, the Women's Centre Collective and the Women's Centre Board; and participation of the Women's Centre Coordinator in Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) staff meetings. Records consist of agendas, minutes, correspondence, proposals, reports, and handbooks.

Reference files

Series consists of publications and other documents collected by the Women's Centre and compiled as a women-centred information and library resource. The Women's Centre Library acquires and maintains books, journal subscriptions and vertical files accessible to all visitors to the Centre, while women who pay membership dues have borrowing privileges. Documents include reports, publications, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, papers, presentations, and audio recordings of interviews, talks and presentations.