Fonds 00952 - Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) fonds

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Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) fonds

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CA ON00131 00952

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  • 1900-2012 (Creation)
    Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE)

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10 m of textual records and other material

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In 1900, Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal encouraged the formation of a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others. The first chapter, Federation of the Daughters of the Empire, was formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick on January 5, 1900. Primary chapters were formed across Canada as were junior chapters. In 1901, the Federation was incorporated as Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and Children of the Junior Branch. IODE was incorporated as a Canadian women’s organization by a special act of the Parliament of Canada in 1917. The first Hamilton chapter was founded in 1900 and called Fessenden Chapter after Clementina Fessenden (1843-1918), the Ancaster woman who founded Empire Day. In 1902, they changed their name to Municipal Chapter and held their first meeting under the new name on March 3, 1902. They acquired the house, Fonthill, located at 168 Jackson St. W., in 1938 from the Greening family and it became the headquarters for all of the Hamilton chapters. The Provincial headquarters moved into the house as well. The house was sold in 1985. In 2012, the Municipal Chapter was the last of the Hamilton Chapters to disband.

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The material was transferred to Local History & Archives over a period of years from ca. 1979 to 2015 when the last records were received. The majority of records were received between 2012 and 2015 after the municipal chapter's disbandment.

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The fonds consists of administrative and other records of the various Hamilton chapters of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) from 1900 to 2012. The fonds is arranged chronologically by the date of the chapter’s foundation.

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Fonds contains brittle paper.

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No photocopying due to the fragile nature of some of the records.

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Finding aid available, as well as a list of known Hamilton-Wentworth chapters with dates of establishment and disbandment.

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Local History & Archives has its own copies of the IODE periodical Echo from 1922 to 2005. Issues of the Echo from 1922 to 1976 are on microfilms #600-612 and the remaining issues are in the periodicals collection.
General McNaughton Chapter (1939-1969) of Dundas records are held by the Dundas Museum & Archives.

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Created by Margaret Houghton, 2015.
Revisions and updates by Jennifer Dell 06/28/2016.

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Houghton, Margaret. (2016). Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) fonds finding aid. Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives.

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