Fonds F0020 - Alberta Council on Child and Family Welfare (ACCFW) fonds

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Alberta Council on Child and Family Welfare (ACCFW) fonds


  • 1918-1982 (Creation)

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56 cm of textual records. -- 2 photographs

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The Alberta Council on Child and Family Welfare was organized in Calgary in 1918 by Maude Riley. Originally called the Calgary Child Welfare Association, it was composed of members representing affiliated groups sharing a common concern for the health and well-being of mothers and children. Original affiliates included the Local Council of Women, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Mount Royal Mother's Club, Sunalta Mother's Club, American Woman's Club and Canadian Women's Press Club. Later affiliates included Home and School Associations, Baptist Women of Alberta, Farm Women's Union of Alberta (FWUA), Canadian Girls In Training (CGIT), Elizabeth Fry Society, Indian Association of Alberta, University Women's Clubs, Ladies Orange Benevolent Association, Women of Unifarm, and Calgary Business and Professional Women's Club. Issues of concern to the ACCFW included pasteurized milk, supervised playgrounds, Well Baby Clinics, prenatal classes, immunization, mother's and children's allowances, pornography, child labour laws and practices, mental health, children's shelters, juvenile offenders and family courts. Over the years, many aspects of the Council's role as an advocate for women and children were assumed by other social service agencies, and in 1982 the Council disbanded.


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Gift of Myra Harshman, 1982.

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  • The fonds consists of constitutions, minutes, correspondence, financial statements, reports, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Correspondence and programs of the Council (1921-1962), are in the Maude and Harold Riley fonds at Glenbow.

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An interview (RCT 701) with former executive member, Myra Harshman, refers briefly to her involvement with the ACCFW.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018




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