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Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Christian Temperance Union fonds
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[Microfilmed 1993 (originally created 1904-1908)] (Creation)
- Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1886-1912
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1 microfilm reel; 16 mm
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The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of the North-West Territories was a non-denominational woman's organization established in 1886, when Letitia Youmans, President of the Canadian WCTU., visited the Territories and organized Unions (local chapters) at Morley, Regina and Calgary. Mrs. W.W. Andrews of Qu'Appelle was named Superintendent of the North-West Territories in 1886 and went on to organize several additional Unions in 1887 including Qu'Appelle, Wolseley and Broadview. The first convention of the territorial Union was held in Calgary on October 5 and 6 , 1904. The organization was based on the belief that the abuse of alcohol was the cause of unemployment, disease, prostituion, poverty and immorality. The WCTU campaigned for legal prohibition of all alcoholic beverages and promoted sobriety, thrift, duty and family sanctity along with woman's suffrage and allowances for mothers.
In 1905, when Alberta and Saskatchewan became provinces, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the North-West Territories was renamed the Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Temperance Union. The officers of the Union included a president; vice-president; corresponding secretary; recording secretary; treasurer and secretary. Superintendents were responsible for the various departments, including organization; evangelistic work; purity and mother's meetings; and anti-narcotics. Officers and the superintendents of departments comprised the Executive Committee.
Local Unions in Saskatchewan included Abernethy; Arcola; Battleford; Carnduff; Cupar; Drinkwater; Estevan; Grenfell; Hanley; Indian Head; Manor; Maple Creek; Milestone; Moose Jaw; Oxbox; Prince Albert; Qu'Appelle; Radisson; Rouleau; Regina; Saltcoats; Saskatoon; Swift Current; Wapella; Yellow Grass; and Yorkton.
In 1912, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Union was split into two seperate provincial Unions: the Alberta Provincial Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Saskatchewan Provincial Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
The records of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the North-West Territories and the Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Christian Temperance Union were microfilmed by West Canadian Imaging Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta on April 19, 1993. The Glenbow Museum Library and Archives donated the microfilm to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1993: R93-227 (May 27, 1993).
The original records are located at the Glenbow Museum Library and Archives in Calgary, Alberta.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the North-West Territories and its successor, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
The fonds consists of the Report of the First Convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the North-West Territories (1904) and the Reports of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Conventions of the Alberta and Saskatchewan Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1905-1908).
The records are arranged in chronological order.
No series have been identified in this fonds.
The microfilm is in good physical condition.
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These records are open for research use.
Interloan: The material in this fonds is on microfilm and may be available for institutional loan. Please consult the reference archivist.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to the tems and conditions of the Copyright Act.
To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.
SAFA 415 consists of a fonds description. An item description of the microfilm is available in the Regina main card catalogue.
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Associated material: The original reports are located at the Glenbow Museum Library and Archives in Calgary, Alberta.
Related material: Saskatchewan Provincial Woman's Christian Temperance Union fonds (F 68) includes minutes from local Unions; Loyal Temperance Legions material and convention reports.
No further accruals are expected.
Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale
Conservation standards in place at the time of processing were applied to the records in this fonds.
Microfilm: Micro R-2.345
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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.
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