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SFU Opening ceremonies files

Series consists of records relating to the opening ceremonies of Simon Fraser University on September 9, 1965. Activities documented include the planning of the ceremonies. Records include programs, correspondence, notes, news clippings, publications, sheet music, charter student certificate, and other documents.

Openings and dedication--Burnaby files

Series consists of records relating to the opening, naming and dedication of buildings and facilities at the Burnaby campus, and the openings of the Faculties of Business Administration and Engineering Science. Records include invitations, guest lists, programs, books of words (order of proceedings), correspondence, news releases, publications, photographs, and other documents.

Openings and dedication--Harbour Centre files

Series consists of records relating to the opening of the Harbour Centre Campus. Activities documented include the planning and production of the official opening ceremonies, celebration dinner, faculty and staff reception, and public open house, as well as the openings, dedications, and namings of individual rooms and facilities within Harbour Centre. Records include invitations, guest lists, programs, books of words (order of proceedings), correspondence, news releases, publications, briefing notes, photographs, and other documents.

Financial matters - correspondence

Series consists of records relating to the university's finances and budget. Activities and topics documented include budget planning and allocation of operating budgets, capital budgets and contingency funds to university faculties and departments; development of fees policy; and financial planning for new academic programs. Records consist predominantly of correspondence and reports. For detailed descriptions of record types, see individual sub-series descriptions.

Presidential committees

The Board established a Presidential Search Committee in 1968, in 1973, and again in 1978 to recommend candidates for the position of University President. The committees included Board members: faculty, administration, and student representatives; and later alumni and employee representatives. The series contains records relating to the work of these committees.

Includes correspondence, agendas, minutes, terms of reference, procedures, lists of candidates, c.v.'s, reports, press releases, and clippings.

Minutes

Series consists of minutes of meetings of the executive council of the Simon Fraser Student Society together with agenda, papers, and relevant correspondence. Records reflect a wide range of issues affecting the student body at Simon Fraser, such as the PSA Strike, and the day to day operation of the Student Society. Also covered are budget allocations and student clubs.

Committees

Series consists of records of committees associated with the Student Society. Included are committee appointments, correspondence and related material of the Anti-Calendar Committee, Departmental Student Unions Committee, Executive Committee, External Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, Frosh Orientation Committee, Medical/Health Services Committee, Presidential Search Committee, Services Commission, Student Court Judiciary Committee, Student Implementation Committee, Symposium Committee, and the University Centre Committee.

Student unions

Series consists of records of academic student unions. Included are publications, of the Archaeology Union, Computing Science Union, Economics and Commerce Union, English Union, Geography Union, Graduate Student Union, History Union, Languages Union, PSA Union, Psychology Union, and Women's Studies Student Union. Some Student Union files also contain the constitution, by-laws, and correspondence.

Clubs and affiliated groups

Series consists of records relating to Student Society sponsored clubs, and other affiliated groups. Included are club constitutions, club executive lists, club lists, club publications, and correspondence.

Construction records

Series consists of records related to the building of Marker of Change, the Women's Monument by the artist, Beth Alber. The Groundbreaking Ceremony is also documented.

The monument consists of fourteen pink Laurentian granite "benches" arranged in a wide circle approximately ninety feet in diameter. Each bench approximates the length of a woman's body (5'5"), representing and inscribed with the name of one of the murdered women. (Each name appears on the side of the bench facing into the circle.) A horizontal vulva-shaped hollow, sand-blasted into the top surface of each bench, gathers rainwater, a symbolic vessel for tears and memory. Every other bench has an inscription of the Dedication in one of seven languages. The Dedication reads:

The fourteen women named here were
murdered December 6, 1989
University of Montreal.
We, their sisters and brothers,
remember, and work for a better world.
In memory and in grief for all women
who have been murdered by men.
For women of all countries, all classes,
all ages, all colours.

Surrounding the benches is a protective ring of clay tiles with over five thousand names of individuals and groups who donated to the Project. Tiles inscribed with epitaphs written by the families are located across from the bench of their respective daughters or sisters. A feather inscription designed by Susan Point is incised in Genevieve Bergeron's bench to signify to all First Nations people that the language inscribed there, Chinook, is First Nations. An orientation stand at one corner of the site has key text written in Braille and raised lettering for people who are visually impaired. The site is wheelchair accessible.

Includes all of the inscriptions that appear on Marker of Change --- for example, the text on the fourteen families' tiles, on the benches, donor tiles and orientation stand, and a drawing of the feather. Also includes a site map and donor tile placement map, and a file describing tile creation by Sumas Clay Inc. Should damage occur, these records contain the details that would be needed to guide repairs or restoration. Also includes budget, contracts and the Engineer's Seal of Approval.

Unveiling ceremony records

Series consists of records relating to the Unveiling Ceremony for Marker of Change, which was held on December 6, 1997. Includes speeches given at the ceremony, correspondence, and published materials. Also includes an audiotape of oral readings of the dedication in the seven dedication languages and a two-set videotape of the Unveiling Ceremony.

Department history and structure files

Series consists of records relating to the development of the two programs that eventually merged to form the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. Activities and events documented include curriculum development, program and department proposals, and reporting of courses and events.

Records include correspondence, reports, proposals, publications and other documents.

Field school files

Starting in 1977 in Guatemala, the Latin American Studies program operated field schools during the summer in various countries. Subsequent field schools were held in Guatemala in 1978 and 1979; in Peru in 1981; in Mexico in 1983 and 1985; and in Cuba in 1988. The field schools provided courses and tours to local archaeological, historical, and tourist sites. Series consists of records relating to the operation of the field schools.

Records include brochures, program descriptions and schedules, course outlines, progress and final reports, correspondence, lists of participants, and other documents.

Senate Archives reference files

Series consists of records collected by the staff of the University Archives to document the organization and functioning of the Senate over the years. While these files do not constitute the official records of Senate, they are useful for historical reference.

Records include lists of Senate members and Senate committee members, Senate handbooks, compilations of Senate rules, and summaries and reports of Senate actions.

British Columbia Federation of Women

Series consists of records of the British Columbia Federation of Women. The BCFW was an umbrella organization for women's groups in BC; its objective was to bring about women's liberation through fundamental social change. Includes project proposals, constitution, newsletters, minutes, regional reports, subcommittee reports, and correspondence. Also includes records relating to the Child-Care Interest Group and International Woman's Day.

Solidarity Coalition

Series consists of records relating to the Solidarity Coalition. The Solidarity Coalition was formed in 1983 by concerned British Columbians who opposed the restraint policies of the Social Credit government. Includes lists of steering committee members, correspondence, agenda, minutes, reports, briefs, memoranda, resolutions, proposals, presentations, papers and posters.

Publications

Series consists of publications created by the School and its predecessors. Material includes annual reports, Computing Science Student Society newsletters, course guides and brochures, graduate studies program guide and student handbook, and research overview report.

Publications

Series consists of publications created by the School and its predecessors. Material includes "CMNS news," the departmental newsletter; annual reports; and course outline booklets.

Department history and structure files

Series consists of records relating to the evolution of the department, in particular the establishment of the Women's Studies Program at SFU and the introduction of a Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies. Records include correspondence, reports, and proposals.

Conferences, seminars and retreats files

Series consists of records documenting various conferences, seminars, and retreats organized by the department, and in particular those sponsored by the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair. See sub-series descriptions for activities documented and record types included.

Correspondence

Series consists primarily of correspondence created or received by the Director of the Canadian Studies Program but includes some reports and other types of documents. Includes one file of correspondence about the Canadian Studies Program that had been originally received by the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Subject files

Series consists of records relating to topics of interest to the Centre for Canadian Studies. Records include correspondence, reports, and other documents.

Student relations

Series consists of records relating to students of the Centre for Canadian studies. Activities, events and topics documented include student representation on the Canadian Studies Steering Committee. Records include correspondence.

Diaries, journals and scrapbooks

Series consists of diaries, journals, notepads, and appointment books that reflect McTaggart-Cowan's daily activities. Also includes one diary written by Margaret McTaggart-Cowan, and scrapbooks complied by her.

Speeches and lectures

Series consists of speeches given by McTaggart-Cowan on a number of topics, including meteorology, education, and science policy. Includes both finished speeches, rough notes, and background material. Also includes notes on lectures in meteorology given at SFU.

Publications

Series consists of publications written or collected by McTaggart-Cowan. Includes articles by McTaggart-Cowan, newspaper clippings, and publications and reports about the oil spill at Chedabucto Bay.

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