FWIO's Virtual Archives is Now Available!

Apr 1, 2016

As of March 31, 2016 there is now an online platform to allow WI Members and the public to access the many documents the Women’s Institutes (WI) have created across the province since 1897, while the original documents remain within their communities.

At this point in time, the following documents are available for viewing and searching.  More will be released on an ongoing basis, after they are reviewed for privacy considerations.

  1. The complete series of the FWIO newsletter, The Home & Country, from 1933 to present.
  2. The WI original constitution, penned in 1897.
  3. Award-winning Tweedsmuir Community History Collections which document the history of a community, from 10 Branches. (Private information has been removed.)
  4. Three published books on the history of the WI, for our 40th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries.
  5. Minute and record books for six Branches, including the minutes of Stoney Creek, the first WI Branch in the world. (Documents less than 50 years old are not available due to privacy considerations.)
  6. Other miscellaneous documents, such as a photo album on the Amherst Island Stone Fence Project.

To check out the virtual archives, CLICK HERE. For WI Members, you might wish to start exploring the site by entering your Branch's name or your own name into the search bar to see what comes up! 

FWIO is applying for further grants to continue digitizing documents and adding them to this platform.  We encourage the public to donate to this worthwhile project through FWIO's Canada Helps page ("Tweedsmuir Fund") or our Provincial Office.

We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada’s support, through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program of Library and Archives Canada.