Canadian Women’s Movement: A Treasure Trove in the Archives at U of O

The Archives and Special Collections is a part of the Morisset Library that contains many treasures; rare books such as The Kama Sutra, famous encyclopedias, such as Diderot’s, objects such as posters,buttons and t-shirts, minutes of meetings and newspaper clippings. One of the most important and sought-after collections is the CWMA (Canadian Women’s Movement Archives) Collection which was donated in 1992 and really launched the Archives at the University of Ottawa. Lucie Desjardins, head archivist, and her team have a wealth of information and knowledge to share with researchers in Women’s Studies. Although most of their collection can be found on the University of Ottawa Library website, they also have many boxes of material which have not yet been catalogued and they are able to access any given topic much faster than the average student. The aim of the archives is to conserve and preserve precious material; at the same time its mission is to make the material available to interested researchers.

Consultation is limited to six files at a time and has to be done on-site; located on the concourse level of the Morisset Library ( 65 University, Rm.039), the Archives are open:

Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact:

Lucie Desjardins: telephone :  613-562-5910 or 613-562-5800, ext.3453

e-mail: or

Thank you to Hilary Hampson for contributing this blog piece. For more about doing research about women in politics, check out our new research section and our list of resources!


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