Fonds 10-032 - Wendy McPeake fonds

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Wendy McPeake fonds

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CA ON0034 10-032

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  • 1970-[200-], predominant 1972-1984 (Creation)
    McPeake, Wendy

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1.254 m of textual records
24 photographs
4 negatives
20 buttons
13 posters
11 T-shirts
2 banners
2 magnetic tapes

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"Wendy McPeake was involved in the creation of cultural products, including museum exhibits, revenue-generating publications and products, promotional publications, and commercial operations. She obtained a Bachelor of Art in English Literature from the University of Ottawa in 1971 and also studied at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence in 1972 and 1973, as well as completing courses in management publishing. In the late 1970s, Wendy McPeake was involved in various groups and organizations working on women's issues. She was very active in the Ottawa Women's Centre, frequently sitting on the Policy Committee. She was involved in organizing various events, including a musical fundraiser in 1977 with the artists Angele Arsenault, CT & April, and Ellen McIllwaine, as well as another concert fundraiser that featured Rita MacNeil.
Wendy McPeake founded and was a very active member of the Political Action Collective, renamed the Feminist Action Collective in 1981. She worked as a marketing manager at the National Museums of Canada (1980 to 1984), as Assistant to the Director of Publishing at McClelland and Stewart publishing house (1984-1985), as Director, Publishing and Product Development at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology Corporation (1985-1995), and as Director Commercial Operations at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology Corporation (1994-1998). She is currently a freelance publishing consultant and editor.
Wendy McPeake a participé à la création de produits culturels, notamment des expositions dans des musées, des publications et produits générateurs de revenus, des publications promotionnelles et des opérations commerciales. Elle a obtenu une licence en littérature anglaise à l'université d'Ottawa en 1971 et a également étudié à l'université d'Aix-en-Provence en 1972 et 1973, tout en suivant des cours sur la gestion de l'édition. À la fin des années 1970, Wendy McPeake s'est impliquée dans divers groupes et organisations s'occupant des questions féminines. Elle a été très active au sein du Centre des femmes d'Ottawa, où elle a souvent siégé au comité d'orientation. Elle a participé à l'organisation de divers événements, dont une collecte de fonds musicale en 1977 avec les artistes Angele Arsenault, CT & April et Ellen McIllwaine, ainsi qu'un autre concert de collecte de fonds avec Rita MacNeil.
Wendy McPeake a fondé le Collectif d'action politique, rebaptisé Collectif d'action féministe en 1981, et en a été un membre très actif. Elle a travaillé comme responsable du marketing aux Musées nationaux du Canada (1980 à 1984), comme assistante du directeur de l'édition à la maison d'édition McClelland and Stewart (1984-1985), comme directrice de l'édition et du développement de produits à la Société du Musée canadien des sciences et de la technologie (1985-1995), et comme directrice des opérations commerciales à la Société du Musée canadien des sciences et de la technologie (1994-1998). Elle est actuellement consultante indépendante en édition et rédactrice en chef."

Custodial history

Wendy McPeake donated the majority of records in this fonds in May 2016. She explained that the records related to the Ottawa Women’s Centre were stored in her basement after the Women’s Centre/Chez Nous closed. Moving them twice, the last move was to Women’s Place on Besserer Street in 1990. An accrual was made in 2018.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of Wendy McPeake's personal files. It is composed mainly of textual records from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. It contains files related to her involvement in various groups and organizations such as the Ottawa Women’s Centre, the Political Action Collective, the Feminist Action Collective, the Local 7/SORWUC, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada Women’s Committee. It includes materials related to feminist publishers from Canada and the United States, collected by Wendy McPeake when she was arts coordinator for Upstream magazine. The fonds also contains various subject files that reflect Wendy McPeake’s interests during this period. The 1970s was an active period for feminist organizations, especially at the grass-roots level, where a rich feminist culture of politics, music, publishing, and art flourished. Thus, this fonds offers insight into the Women’s Movement in Ottawa, mostly during the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Ce fonds est constitué des dossiers personnels de Wendy McPeake. Il est composé principalement de documents textuels datant de la fin des années 1970 au début des années 1980. Il contient des dossiers relatifs à son implication dans divers groupes et organisations tels que le Centre des femmes d'Ottawa, le Collectif d'action politique, le Collectif d'action féministe, la section locale 7/SORWUC et le Comité des femmes de l'Alliance de la fonction publique du Canada. Il comprend des documents relatifs aux éditeurs féministes du Canada et des États-Unis, recueillis par Wendy McPeake lorsqu'elle était coordonnatrice des arts pour le magazine Upstream. Le fonds contient également divers dossiers thématiques qui reflètent les intérêts de Wendy McPeake durant cette période. Les années 1970 ont été une période active pour les organisations féministes, en particulier au niveau local, où une riche culture féministe en matière de politique, de musique, d'édition et d'art s'est épanouie. Ce fonds offre donc un aperçu du mouvement des femmes à Ottawa, principalement de la fin des années 1970 au début des années 1980.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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Published material donated with the fonds can be accessed via the Library Catalogue and are available in the relevant ARCS published material collections (AWOM-Periodicals, AWOM-Monographs). Search Wendy McPeake in the provenance field.


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The donation included copies of Ms. Magazine which have not been retained. Ms. Magazine is available as part of the Library General collections under the call number HQ 1101 .M55

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Revised in September 2016.

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  • English

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