Fonds - IODE Canada, Provincial Chapter of Nova Scotia

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IODE Canada, Provincial Chapter of Nova Scotia

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    • 1936-1993 (Creation)
      IODE Canada. Provincial Chapter of Nova Scotia

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    9.6 m of textual records and photographs (approximately 95 boxes)
    4 microfilm reels.

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    Administrative history

    The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) was founded in Canada in 1900 by Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal. She aimed to form an organization based on "patriotism, loyalty and service" that would allow women to provide assistance on the home front during the South African War (1899-1902). The first chapter was established in Fredericton, New Brunswick, then in 1901, the headquarters moved to Toronto, and the federation was formally incorporated nationally. The stated objectives of the IODE included the “stimulation of patriotic sentiment, the fostering of a bond of union and united action among women and children throughout the British Empire; care for the dependents of military personnel, and the preservation of the memory of brave and historic deeds”.

    The first primary chapter formed in Nova Scotia was the Princess Louise Chapter in Halifax NS in 1909. By 1920 there were 20 chapters and a Provincial Chapter to coordinate them was formed in October 1920. The first national project the Nova Scotia chapters supported was the War Memorial Plan, which provided scholarships to children of men killed or disabled in the First World War (1914-1918) and also provided memorials of the war to schools. They continued to assist in the war effort during the Second World War, raising funds and providing comforts for service personnel. Besides encouraging patriotism, Nova Scotia IODE members were involved in the promotion of health, welfare, and education (which became the focus after the Second World War). They assisted in the construction and maintenance of medical facilities; provided bursaries and scholarships for students at all levels of education; supported special education projects; assisted immigrants; and promoted good citizenship and interest in the British Commonwealth. They also sponsored Girl Guide troops, Junior Chapters and Children of the Empire Troops. In the 1970s they adopted the name IODE. In the 1980s and 1990s the IODE contributed input, opinions, and briefs to different levels of government concerning the status of women, the Canadian Constitution, human rights, and citizenship. As of 2024, the organization continues its work of service to the community.

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    Fonds consists of executive and annual meeting minutes; scrapbooks of photographs and newspaper clippings; correspondence; reports; bylaws; financial records; chapter histories; founding charters; membership lists; and loose newspaper clippings created by the IODE Provincial Chapter of Nova Scotia and its member chapters.

    Chapters represented in the records, their location (with record dates) include: Albion Chapter, Stellarton (1952-1995); Armdale Chapter (1936-1980); Bedford Chapter (1923-1967); Chebucto Chapter (1910-1957); Colchester Chapter (1940; 1960-1981, Microfilmed in 1981); Dartmouth Municipal Chapter (1925-1984, predominant 1925-1926); Earl of Athlone Chapter, Armdale (1964-1970); Evangeline Chapter, Halifax (1966); Fort Needham Chapter, Halifax (1976); George S. Stairs Chapter, Dartmouth (1920); Gorham Chapter, Liverpool (ca.1948); Haliburton Chapter, Windsor (1957-1964); HMS Alderney Chapter, Dartmouth (1939-1982); HMS Good Hope Chapter, Halifax (1961-1986); HMS Shannon Chapter, Dartmouth (1915-1978); Hon. Angus L. Macdonald Chapter, Port Hawkesbury (1961-1967); Hon. Edward Cornwallis Chapter, Halifax (1951-1993); Hon. W.S. Fielding Chapter, Lower Sackville (1936-1984); John Croak VC Chapter, Glace Bay (1930-1966); John Stewart Chapter, Halifax (1917-1983); Kingswood Chapter, Kingston and Greenwood (1954-1976); Laura MacNeill Grant Chapter, Dartmouth (1925-1927); Louisbourg Chapter, Sydney (1950-1980); Maid Marian Chapter, Dartmouth (1942-1993); Major J.W. Logan Chapter, Halifax (1944-1995); Margaret Fraser Chapter, New Glasgow (1953-1954); Markland Chapter, Yarmouth (1917-1983); Mayflower Chapter, Oxford (1957-1986); Municipal Chapter of Halifax (1915-1987); Princess Louise Chapter, Halifax (1911-1977); Rose of York Junior Chapter, Dartmouth (1968-1979); Scotia Chapter, Truro (1965, 1978 Microfilmed in 1983); Senator William McKay Chapter, Reserve Mines (1950-1951); Sherwood Chapter, Rockingham (1955-1980); Sir Frederick Banting Chapter, New Glasgow (1941-1977. -- Microfilmed in 1980).

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    Physical condition

    Some scrapbooks are fragile.

    Immediate source of acquisition

    Records were acquired by Nova Scotia Archives periodically 1976 to 2017 by private donation from chapters, the Provincial Chapter, and individual members Joyce Moase of Dartmouth and Mary E. Cooley of Halifax.


    Arranged by chapter then by record type (for example minutes or scrapbooks) in roughly chronological order.

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    • English

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      For records only on microfilm, the originals are in the custody of the Chapter.

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      See Nova Scotia Archives’ Services page for information on copying, reproduction, and use of materials.

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      File list by box number attached.

      File list by chapter name available on request.

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      MG 20 Volumes 155-173


      MG 20 Volumes 543a-554


      MG 20 Volume 603


      MG 20 Volume 628-630


      MG 20 Volume 1014


      MG 20 Volumes 1257-1259


      MG 20 Volumes 1283-1286


      MG 20 Volume 1290 nos. 7, 9


      MG 20 Volumes 1334-1337


      MG 20 Volumes 1348-1349


      MG 20 Volumes 1522-1524


      MG 20 Volumes 1667-1680


      MG 20 Volumes 1685-1689


      MG 20 Volume 1696


      MG 20 Volume 1852


      MG 20 Volume 1878


      MG 20 Volumes 1948-1949


      MG 20 Volume 1962


      MG 20 Volumes 1971-1975


      MG 20 Volume 3146


      MG 20 Volumes 3482-3485


      MG 20 Volumes 3600-3615


      Microfilm 14708-14711

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