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Women's Art Society of Montreal fonds (P125)

1893-1998. - 310 cm of textual records and photographic material.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

The Women's Art Society of Montreal was founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1968. It played an important role in fostering awareness and understanding of the arts among the general public in Montreal. It was one of the earliest organizations for women artists and helped pave the way for the integration of women into the art world. Nowadays, the Women's Art Society is more social and educational than professional in nature, since various opportunities and avenues of support are open to female artists. Nevertheless, the tradition of promoting the literary, musical and visual arts remains its primary goal.


Scope and Content:

The Women's Art Society of Montreal fonds contains material relating to the Women's Art Association of Canada and its Montreal branch and documents from the recent history of the association. The Women's Art Society was also linked to the Canadian Handicraft Guild. The fonds provides information on these organizations and their activities. It consists of administrative, historical, constituting and financial papers. It contains minutes of meetings, annual reports, legal documents, financial statements, exhibition catalogues and programs, correspondence, albums, amateur photographs and drawings.

The fonds is divided into the following series:

  • P125/A: Administrative management
  • P125/B: Financial management
  • P125/C: Membership and member services
  • P125/D: Communications and public relations