Check out the Start of FWIO’s Virtual Archives

Mar 31, 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 a Stone Fence Project.

Check out these virtual archives and learn about the rich communities in Ontario, conduct family research, and discover the wonderful work that has been created by WI Members.  FWIO is applying for further grants to continue digitizing documents and adding them to this platform.  We also encourage the public to donate to this worthwhile project.

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