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Victoria Women’s Association Fonds

Fonds #

2095

Title

Victoria Women’s Association fonds

Dates of Creation

1898–2002

Extent

96 cm of textual records
15 photographs
audio cassette

Administrative History

In 1892, when Victoria University moved to Toronto, there were fourteen women students, seven of whom needed help finding proper accommodations. Aware of the difficulties faced by the women, Margaret Proctor Burwash, wife of Vic’s Chancellor-President and a former teacher, and Margaret Addison, Vic 1889, began discussing the need for a residence in 1895. Lillian Massey also shared their concerns and had convinced her father, the businessman and philanthropist Hart Massey, Vic 1844, to reserve $50,000 of the $200, 000 he left in his will to Victoria for a women’s residence. In 1897, Margaret Burwash and a few influential women met in the Vic chapel with the General Superintendent of the Methodist Church Conference Dr. Carman, Chancellor Burwash, members of the Vic staff and the Board of Regents. The result was the formation of the Barbara Heck Memorial Association. The Chancellor’s wife became president and Margaret Hopkins Cox, wife of Vic’s treasurer Senator George Cox, became treasurer. The Association was sanctioned by the Board of Regents which authorized it to raise money.

The main mission of the Association was to build a residence for women students, to honour United Empire Loyalist pioneer Barbara Heck "the Mother of Methodism in America" by naming the residence after her, and to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, by the advancement of "the future queens of the homes of our Church and land." They also encouraged the formation of the Victoria Alumnae Association in 1898 believing the Vic women grads could assist with fund raising.

In 1902 the corner stone was laid for the first residence for women - Annesley Hall. It was built with significant contribution of the fundraising efforts of the Association. Margaret Addison because the first Dean of Residence when the building opened in 1903.

The Barbara Heck Memorial Association changed its name to the Victoria Women’s Residence and Educational Association in 1904, and became the Victoria Women’s Association in 1912. It began to attract additional members that included Vic alumnae, wives of professors, and women from Methodist churches who believed in the cause.

The Association also worked to renovate and furnish other residences for women, and also formed a boarding house committee to inspect and recommend rooms off campus. They also furnished a parlour for the women students who commuted to the Vic campus in 1912 and in 1930 created a women’s staff room, both in the College building.

In 1925, VWA member Agnes Euphemia (Pheme) Wood convinced her husband Edward Rogers Wood to donate their home at 84 Queen’s Park, Wymilwood, to Victoria for a women’s residence and student centre.

Other activities and projects of the VWA included events to help with Church Union (formation the United Church of Canada) including an event held over 3 days with over 1000 guests from the three Toronto presbyteries. The VWA also became a member of the local Council of Women, helped with the war effort by working for the University Hospital Supply Committee, donated to the Armenian relief in 1922; and joined the League of Nations in 1925, among other activities.

The executive arm of the VWA was the Committee of Management which operated from 1902 until 1932. It had eighteen members, nominated by the VWA and approved by the Board of Regents. Margaret Burwash (1902-13), Mrs. R. N. (Mary Jane Crossen) Burns (1913-30), and Mrs. A. E. (Florence Warner) Lang (1930-32) served as Presidents. The Committee was responsible for Annesley’s furnishings and equipment and for its administration. In 1932, the Board of Regents hired a warden to take over the administration of residences from the Committee of Management and the Committee merged into the Women’s Council.

No longer involved with the administration of the residences and the student centre, except in an advisory capacity, the VWA found a new role for itself as a link between Victoria and the parents of the students. Therefore, in 1933 the VWA decided to invite the mothers of first-year students to join the organization. The VWA expanded its membership base in 1965 by inviting men to become part of the Association

In contemporary times, the VWA continues to act as a liaison between Victoria and the alumni, friends and relatives of past and present students, and members of the public by hosting events such as lectures, luncheons, as well as raising money for Vic students in financial need, primarily with the Bursary Fund.

Until 1964, the presidents of the VWA were the wives of Victoria University administrators. Marguerite Fidler was the first president not connected to the administration.

List of Presidents :

  • Margaret Burwash, 1897-1912
  • Julia Graham, 1912-1913
  • Margaret Addison, 1921-1933
  • Maud Brown, 1933-1949
  • Ethel Bennett, 1949-1958
  • Helen Frye, 1958-1964
  • Marguerite Fidler, 1964-1966
  • Ruth Fallis, 1966-1968
  • Dorothy Crummey, 1968-1971
  • Alice Jackson, 1971-1974
  • Ruth Hodgetts, 1974-1975
  • Susie Eggert, 1975-1978
  • Doris Stokes, 1978-1980
  • Audrey McCullough, 1980-1982, 1999-2000
  • Joan Breukelman, 1982-1985, 1999-2000
  • Audrey Chapple, 1985-1988
  • Joyce Clarke, 1988-1991
  • Margaret Roots, 1991-1994
  • Marian Gibson, 1994-1999
  • Anne Sinclair, 2000-2004
  • Diane Dyer, 2004-

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of minutes, 1900-1987; reports, 1900-1993; correspondence, 1902-1993; constitutions, 1988-1966; financial and fund raising records, 1898-2002; membership records, [before 1906]-1999; records of events, 1909-1995; addresses and reminiscences, 1903-1967; historical notes and other material, 1923-1991; photographs; and audio cassette, of Victoria Women's Association.

Notes

Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

finding aids

Photographs are described in the photograph database.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Related Groups of Records in Different Fonds

See also Ephemera Collection.

Access points

  • Heck, Barbara Heck, 1734–1804
  • Victoria Women's Association (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Barbara Heck Memorial Association (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Victoria Women's Residence And Educational Association (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Funds and scholarships
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Student housing

Subjects

  • Scholarships
  • Student aid
  • Student housing
  • Universities and colleges—Finance
  • Women college students
  • Women—Societies and clubs

Box/File List

Acc. No. Box File Title Date
1990.066V 1 1 Minutes - B.H.M.A./V.W.R.E.A. 1900-1904
1990.066V 1 2 Minutes - V.W.R.E.A. 1904-1906
1990.066V 1 3 Minutes - V.W.R.E.A./V.W.A. 1906-1912
1990.066V 1 4 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1912-1916
1990.066V 1 5 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1922-1934
1990.066V 1 6 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1935-1941
1990.066V 1 7 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1941-1949
1990.066V 1 8 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1949-1957
1990.066V 2 1 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1957-1964
1990.066V 2 2 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1964-1969
1990.066V 2 3 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1969-1974
1996.066V 1 1 Victoria Women's Association Minutes 1975-1980
1990.066V 2 4 V.W.A. agendas and notes re meetings 1905-1930
1990.009V TR V.W.A. agendas and notes re meetings 1980-1987
1990.066V 2 5 B.H.M.A. Report to Board of Regents 1900
1990.066V 2 6 Printed annual reports 1906-1916
1990.066V 2 7 Condensed report of Annesley and South Halls 1908
1990.066V 2 8 Reports of Record Secretary 1908-1948
1990.066V 2 9 Reports of Record Secretary 1949-1962
1990.066V 2 10 Reports of Corresponding Secretary 1929-1949
1990.066V 2 11 Reports of the Social Committee/Convenor 1934-1974
1990.066V 2 12 Reports of the Press Reporter 1949-1951
1990.066V 2 13 Reports of the Program Committee/Convenor 1950-1961
1990.066V 2 14 Report of the Committee on Supervised Boarding Homes 1911
1990.066V 2 15 Report of Nominating Committee 1924
1990.066V 2 16 Report of Constitution Committee 1943
1990.066V 2 17 Report of Educational Committee Representative [n.d.]
1990.066V 2 18 Reports of Dean of Women and Head of Women's Student Union 1916-1917, [n.d.]
1990.066V 2 19 Reports of Women's Council 1933-1951
1990.066V 2 20 Reports of Local Council of Women 1934-1961
1996.066V 1 2 Reports of Addison Scholarship 1983, 1987
1990.066V 1 3 Reports of Toronto and Area Council of Women 1990-1993
1990.066V 2 21 Correspondence 1902-1957
1996.066V 1 4 President's correspondence 1983-1993
1990.066V 2 22 Constitutions and by-laws ca. 1898-1966
1996.066V 1 5 Constitutional duties 1982-1983
1990.066V 3 Financial record books (2) 1904-1915
1990.066V 3 1 Treasurer's  reports 1906-1974
1990.066V 3 2 Records re Barbara Heck Fund 1898
1990.066V 3 3 Records re Scholarship Fund 1903-1911
1990.066V 3 9 Records re Doris Ding Account 1919
1990.066V 3 10 Letter from Executive to Committee on Finance of Victoria College [n.d.]
1996.066V 1 12 Financial statements 1974, 1976-1979
1990.066V 1 13 Financial statements 1980-1985
1990.066V 1 14 Financial statements 1990
2006.066V 1 1 Financial statements 1986
1998.108V TR 1 Financial statements 1987-1989
1998.108V TR 2 Financial statements 1991-1993
2003.082V TR 1 Financial statements 1994-2002
1990.066V 3 4 Bursary fund - Records 1911-1914
1990.066V 3 5 Bursary fund - Reports 1923-1974
1990.066V 3 6 Bursary fund - List of subscribers  1925-1928
1990.066V 3 7 Bursary fund - Correspondence re recipients 1928-1952
1990.066V 3 8 Bursary fund - Correspondence re appeals 1938-1975
1996.066V 1 6 Bursary fund - Trust agreement 1967-1989
1990.066V 1 7 Bursary fund - List of subscribers 1957-1963
1990.066V 1 8 Bursary fund - List of subscribers 1977-1988
1990.066V 1 9 Bursary Treasurer's correspondence, reports and other records 1957-1970
1990.066V 1 10 Bursary Treasurer's correspondence, reports and other records 1971-1985
1990.066V 1 11 Bursary Treasurer's correspondence, reports and other records 1983-1990
2006.066V 1 2 Financial record book 1963-1994
2006.066V 1 3 Cards with individual donor records 1971-1997
2006.066V 1 4 Record of donors and donations 1975-1993
2006.066V 1 5 Bursary Treasurer’s general correspondence 1978-1984
2006.066V 1 6 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1985-1986
2006.066V 1 7 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1987-1988
2006.066V 1 8 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1988-1989
2006.066V 1 9 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1989-1990
2006.066V 1 10 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1990-1991
2006.066V 1 11 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1991-1992
2006.066V 1 12 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1992-1993
2006.066V 1 13 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1993-1994
2006.066V 1 14 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1994-1995
2006.066V 1 15 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1995-1996
2006.066V 1 16 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1996-1997
2006.066V 1 17 Bursary Treasurer’s correspondence, reports and other records 1997-1998
1990.066V 3 11 Membership record book [before 1906]-1916
1990.066V 3 12 Membership record book 1922-1925
1990.066V 3 13 Membership record book 1926-1932
1990.066V 3 14 Membership record book 1932
1990.066V 3 15 Membership record book 1932-1935
1990.066V 3 16 Lists of Executive members 1921-1977
1989.010V TR Membership records [ca. 1951]-1976
1988.091V TR 1 Membership records [1975-1988]
1996.066V 2 1 Membership records 1971-1994
1990.066V 2 2 Lists of members and donors sent appeal letters 1977-1984
1990.066V 2 3 Lists of members and donors sent appeal letters 1959-1974
1990.066V 2 4 Membership reports 1986-1994
1999.038V TR Membership reports - lists 1986-1998
2003.082V TR 2 Paid membership lists 1993-1999
1990.066V 4 1 Records re luncheons 1909-1925
1990.066V 4 2 Records re Annual Tea 1915-1929
1990.066V 4 3 Records re Memorial Service for Mrs. M.P. Burwash 1923
1990.066V 4 4 Records re dinners for Victoria University Campaign (fund raising) 1929
1990.066V 4 5 Records re 70th and 75th anniversaries of V.W.A. 1967, 1972
1996.066V 2 5 Records re Open Houses 1983-1991
1996.066V 2 6 Records re Addressing Bee 1984
1996.066V 2 7 Records re various events 1987-1995
1990.066V 4 6 Addresses to V.M.R.E.A. 1903-1912
1990.066V 4 7 A Tribute to Doctor Margaret Addison by J. Graham 1941
1990.066V 4 8 The Victoria Women's Association by Ethel Bennett 1967
1990.066V 4 9 Address re history of V.W.A. by Mrs. W.T. Brown [n.d.]
1990.066V 4 10 Barbara Heck Association and its relation to the Victoria Women's Association by Ethel Ayres [n.d.]
1997.185V TR 1 History of the V.W.A. 1996
1990.066V 4 11 Items re V.W.A. co-operation with University Hospital Supply Association 1915-1918
1990.066V 4 12 Records re Memorial Tablets 1923
1990.066V 4 13 Certificate from League of Nations Society 1925
1990.066V 4 14 Instructions to Tour Guides 1945-1964
1997.185V TR 2 Certificate of recognition presented by Mayor Hazel McCallion 1997
1996.066V 2 8 Historical notes 1961-1988
1998.154V TR Historical notes compiled by Irene Irwin Clarke  [1958?]