File consists of newspaper clippings, essays, and other documents relating to Irene Parlby, including a brochure for her funeral, select United Farm Women of Alberta President's Reports (copied), a paper on the resignation of Parlby as president of the U.F.W.A., and "The Milestones of My Life" written by Parlby for The Canadian Magazine.
Irene Parlby became involved in women's organizations in 1913 when she was appointed secretary of the Alix Country Women's Club. One of her accomplishments in this role was the founding of a local library; she had solicited the books from a newspaper advertisement and friends in England. In 1915 Irene and other members of the Alix club went on to establish the first United Farm Women of Alberta (UFWA) local in Alix. A year later Irene Parlby became president of the UFWA and then in 1919 became the first woman officer of the United Farmers of Alberta. In her inaugural report as a member of the UFA Executive Mrs. Parlby stated: "Neither men nor women know everything; women know many things that men do not know, men know many things that women do not know. Men and women together know everything that is known." In 1921, she was elected to the provincial legislature as a member of the UFA and appointed Minister without Portfolio in the new UFA government. She was the second woman in Canada to become a provincial cabinet minister. Irene Parlby was also one of the "Famous Five", the group of women who worked for suffrage, property rights and the right for women to be legally judged as "Persons" in Canada. In 1930 she was became one of three Canadian delegates to the Assembly of the League of Nations. Mrs. Parlby retired from politics in 1935.
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File consists of two newspaper clippings: original and 1 newspaper clipping: copy, titled: "Getting women into association" / [by Irene Parlby] (reprinted from The Grain Growers' Guide, 10 December 10, 1919); "With the women grain growers : what do I get for my dollar and a half; Is it worth while?" (from a Saskatchewan Grain Growers' newspaper, ca. 1924); and "Women's place in the farm organization" / by Mrs. H.M. Parlby (The Organized Farmer, 28 December, 1964)
File consists of a United Farm Women of Alberta Secretary's ledger with meeting minutes and membership attendance. Also included is a certificate presented to the Nanton U.F.W.A. from the Canadian Mental Health Association.
The fonds consists of the Society's newsletter for 1944 and 1947-1951.
In March 1944 a group of five UFA Co-op employees began publishing a monthly staff newsletter, provisionally titled You Name It?? By 1946 the newsletter was titled UFA Sco-ops, and it was the official organ of the U.F.A. Staff Co-op Society. Doug Thornton of the Educational Department of UFA Co-op served as its editor during most of its history. The Society organized social and recreational activities and produced the newsletter. In 1949 the Society's name was changed to U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society and the newsletter's title was changed to Sco-ops. In 1951 the Society disbanded and the newsletter ceased publication. A later staff social and recreational association known as ECHO (Employees of the Co-op Head Office) existed from the 1970s onward.
The newsletters had been collected by Doug Thornton.
Fonds consists of meeting minutes and ledgers, programs for activities in Locals, general correspondence, cook books newspaper clippings, U.F.W.A. and non-U.F.W.A. bulletins, pamphlets, circulars and reports, and lists of U.F.W.A. Executive officers.
The United Farmers of Alberta (U.F.A.) amended its constitution in 1913 to admit women as members. In 1914 its Women's Section was formed. In 1916 the women members formed a separate organization governed by the U.F.A constitution, the United Farm Women of Alberta (U.F.W.A.). Beginning in 1917 the U.F.W.A. was required to be represented on the U.F.A. Executive and Board of Directors. Irene Parlby was the first president of the U.F.W.A. The United Farm Women of Alberta Alumnae Association was a group within the organization that existed from 1933 until about 1945. In 1949 the U.F.W.A. was succeeded by the Farm Women's Union of Alberta.
Records donated by various people at various dates, spanning from 2002 to the present. In 2010, approximately two-thirds of the UFHS collection was arranged into fonds. In 2020-2021, the remainder of the unprocessed records were arranged into fonds, adding additional items to Fonds 2.
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Fonds 11, Series 8 - U.F.W.A. photos
Fonds 42, Series 3 - Farm Women’s Union of Alberta (F.W.U.A.)