Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire fonds [multiple media]

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    Textual material, Photographs, Art, Objects (including medals and pins), Sound recordings, Moving images, Architectural and technical drawings
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      Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire fonds
  • Fonds includes:
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    11.5 m of textual records : some photocopies.
    392 photographs : multiple processes.
    14 prints : multiples processes.
    5 drawings : pen and ink on board, ink on paper.
    2 paintings : oil on board.
    26 badges.
    24 pins.
    2 medals.
    1 banner : cloth with applique and embroidery.
    2 audio discs (30 min).
    3 film reels (19 min).
    1 architectural drawing : blackline print ; 36 x 33 cm.
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    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of textual material which documents the history of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire from its inception in 1900 up until the year 1986 and includes minutes and annual reports for the National Executive and for the Annual Meetings of the Daughters of the British Empire in the United States and in the United States of New York, Inc., in addition to miscellaneous minutes and annual reports. Fonds also includes various documents relating to the history of the IODE such as correspondence, memoranda and petitions. The correspondence is comprised of a large number of items dating from the organization's formative years and deals with its organization and membership, business matters and with relations with its non-Canadian affiliates. There is also correspondence concerning individual applications for charters by Canadian chapters as well as the original charters issued to these chapters and the original constitution of the IODE itself. The subject files contain information pertaining to a wide range of IODE activities including its activities during the two wars, scholarship activity and work in India. Fonds also contains local chapter records, miscellaneous printed material about the IODE and a number of scrap books compiled by IODE members which document certain facets or activities of the organization. Also included in fonds are numerous photographs documenting activites and meetings of the IODE, various artistic material, objects, and a plan for the proposed restoration of the St. Catherine's Chapel of St. Mary's Church Western, Kent. Material has been divided into three separate series entitled: Artistic material; Photographs; and Objects. In addition, there is a radio broadcast documenting a ceremony of presenation of Queen Mary's carpet to the National gallery of Canada by the IODE, 1951. As well, there are two films (1970) entitled International fair (1970) and The mother of Parliament. Each of the films contains a trailer for the IODE.
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    Biography/Administrative history:
    Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire: Founded by Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal in 1900 as the Federation of the Daughters of the British Empire, and the Children of the Empire (Juvenile Branch), the Order moved its headquarters to Toronto in 1901 and became incorporated in Ontario under the name The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, and The Children of the Empire. Its expressed objectives included the stimulation of patriotic sentiment, the fostering of a bond of union among women and children throughout the Empire, the promotion of study of the Empire, care for the dependents of military personnel, and the preservation of the memory of brave and historic deeds. Chapters were organized throughout Canada and in 1917 Dominion incorporation was obtained. The organization of a proposed Imperial Chapter was never achieved, although the Order did succeed in establishing chapters in Bermuda, the Bahamas, India, and the United States, and entered into affiliation with a number of like-minded associations elsewhere in the Empire. One of the Order's first major projects entailed the location and marking of graves of those who died in the South African War, and during both World Wars the I.O.D.E. performed considerable work in raising funds and providing comforts for service personnel. Yet, from its inception, the Order has also been closely involved in the promotion of education, health, and welfare, assisting in the construction and maintenance of medical facilities, providing financial aid to students, encouraging the study of the history and current concerns of both Canada and the Commonwealth, and promoting good citizenship.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a file list. MSS1200 (90 90: Open)

    Photographs (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)

    Photographs (Paper) Finding aid is an over-painted photographs inventory. FA-224 (Restrictions not set)

    Artistic material (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)

    Objects (Paper) Finding aid is medal inventory cards 9484 to 9509, and 9755 to 9780. (Restrictions not set)

    Objects (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)

    Moving images (Electronic) See MISACS for item level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)

    (Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90 90: Open)

    (Electronic) Les documents décrits ont été complètement ou en partie numérisés et sont disponibles à l'adresse suivante : (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Twenty-six pages of I.O.D.E. material was acquired previously by the National Archives. The remainder of the collection was presented in 1979 by the I.O.D.E. National Chapter through Mrs. Peter Douglas, I.O.D.E. President. The former accession has been integrated into the latter. An additional 60 Charters were received from the I.O.D.E. National Office in 1992.
    A copy of the Special Year Book for 1918-1919, formerly listed in volume 12 (Part 2) is available in the National Archives Library (call no. FC 8I4Y4).
    Availability of other formats note:
    The Original Charters sub-series of the Constitution, Structure and History series (volumes 70 to 75) is available on microfilm, reel H-1015.
    The copy negative number for accession 1934-054 (NPC) is C-002291.
    The copy negative number for accession 1997-193 (DAP) is C-011060.
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    1934-057 NPC
    1980-004 MED
    1980-0058 MISA
    1980-007 PIC
    1980-015 MED
    1980-046 PIC
    1980-049 PIC
    1980-085 NPC
    1980-089 PIC
    1981-048 PIC
    1981-122 NPC
    1982-059 PIC
    1982-095 PIC
    1997-193 DAP
    Former archival reference no.:
    Other accession no.:
    80103/6 CA
  • Conditions of access:
    Terms of use:
    Textual records: Volumes 70 to 75 have been withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use the microfilm copy.
    Photographs: No restrictions on use except those by Y. Karsh. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Various copyrights on items 50 years or less. For terms of use see also accession 1987-054 (NPC).
    Artistic material: No restrictions on use. Various copyrights. Copyright held by I.O.D.E. for accession 1980-007 (PIC) and 1982-059 (PIC). Copyright held by National Archives of Canada for accession 1997-193 (DAP). Credit: Documentary Art and Photography Division, National Archives of Canada. Document in accession 1997-193 (DAP) must be consulted under close supervision for conservation reasons.
    Objects: No restrictions on use. Various copyrights. Credit: National Archives of Canada. Document in accession 1982-095 (PIC) must be consulted under close supervision for conservation reasons.
    Sound recordings and moving images: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holders.

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