Fonds MC196 - Canterbury Women's Institute

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Canterbury Women's Institute

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  • 1936-1988 (Creation)
    Women's Institute. Canterbury Women's Institute (York County)

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30 cm of textual records

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(Local branch organized in 1936, disbanded in 1988)

Administrative history

The Women's Institute was founded in 1897 by Adelaide Hoodless of Stoney Creek, Ontario, following the death of her son as a result of drinking impure milk. Mrs. James E. Porter of Andover, New Brunswick, was instrumental in introducing the organization to New Brunswick women. Between 1911 and 1960, hundreds of branches of the Women's Institute were established across the province.

The Canterbury Women's Institute was organized on May 6, 1936. The first officers were: Mrs. John MacPherson (president), Mrs. W.H. Scott (treasurer) and Mrs. Harley Smith (secretary).

In its early years, this Institute aided the war effort by sending gum, cigarettes, candy and socks to the "boys" overseas and donated money towards the purchase of a 'mobile kitchen.' They also sent food for British Prisoners of War in Germany. Later, they donated to the Army Appeal, Saint John Ambulance, the Children's Welfare Fund, the Canadian Cancer Fund. Locally, they donated a Bible, dictionary, and a first aid kit to the Carroll Ridge School. Money was raised by holding suppers, rummage sales, travelling baskets and having a "penny" collection.

The Canterbury Women's Institute disbanded on May 16, 1988.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of the administrative records of the Canterbury Women's Institute and includes correspondence; minutes of meetings; hospital bed rental records; treasurer's book and other financial records; an annual report for 1964-1965; Branch of Honour scrapbook; notes relating to the founding of the Canterbury branch; and lists of officers, convenors, and programmes.

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The fonds was donated to the Provincial Archives by Mrs. Marie Colwell of Meductic, New Brunswick on 26 June 1992 along with MC197 Meductic Women's Institute fonds.


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  • English

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The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick holds the records of a number of branches of the Women's Institute.

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