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Interview with Mary Pitman Baldwin

Item is an interview in which Mary Pitman Baldwin, an emeritus professor in chemistry and biochemistry at Concordia University, describes her family, early life, education and professional career.

Interview with Rose Johnstone part 1

Item is the first part of an interview in which Rose Johnstone, a former biochemistry professor and former Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University, describes her family, early life, education and professional career.

Interview with Sylvia Redoruk

Item is an interview in which Sylvia Fedoruk, a physicist and former oncology professor at the University of Saskatchewan, describes her family, early life, education and professional career.

Interview with Irene Spry

Item is an interview in which Irene Spry, a former economist and professor at the University of Ottawa, describes her family, early life, education and professional career.


Subseries consists of materials relating to Dr. Ainley's publications including magazine and journal articles, book reviews, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Files often contain photocopies of her publications, any related correspondence, reviews of Ainley's publications, drafts and unpublished papers, and publishing and copyright agreements. The topics of these works include women in science and ornithology.

Personal records

Series contains two diplomas awarded to Dr. Ainley by the University of Northern British Columbia, news clippings, and photographs. Series also includes some of her activities during her retirement including her art exhibits, a cruise, and membership in Federation of BC Writers.

Ebauche femmes, sciences et technologie

File consists of a draft of a brief report that outlines the historical contribution of women to science and technology and provides suggestions for how to commemorate the contributions of women to science and technology.

Speaking notes and correspondence

File consists of email correspondence related to the writing of "Creating Complicated Lives: Women and Science at English-Canadian Universities, 1880-1980"; blank email correspondence with attached files containing conference proceedings for Ainley's presentations, "Re-explorations: new perspectives on gender, environment and the transfer of knowledge in 19th and 20th century Canada and Australia" and "Shifting Lenses: Researching the History of Canadian Women and Science"; and Ainley's request for one-term extension to her employment before retirement.

Catharine Parr Traill presentation, abstract and other material

File consists of proceedings from presentations of "Science lessons for everyone? The writings of Catharine Parr Traill, 1802-1899" and "Colonial Lessons: Catherine Parr Traill (1802-99) and popular science education in Upper Canada"; other material on Catharine Traill; and an abstract for an article on the life of Madeline (Mach) Izowsky, a Polish immigrant who spent most of her life in Prince George.

"Re-explorations" interview material

File consists of correspondence, lists of participants, coding sheets, thematic analyses and transcripts from interviews conducted as part of Ainley's research for "Re-explorations: science and environment in 19th and 20th century Canada and Australia."

Canada research material

File contains material, based on research done in Canada, for Ainley's research project, "Re-explorations: science and environment in 19th and 20th century Canada and Australia." It consists of correspondence, lists of participants, coding sheets, thematic analyses and transcripts from interviews.

Margaret Benson

File consists of research materials concerning Margaret Benston including archival research, photocopied articles, notes, and related correspondence.

Interview questions

File consists of edited draft copies of the covering letters, questions to be asked to interviewees and Alison Bowe's covering letter for the questionnaire sent to female engineering graduates from Queen's University.

Request for interviews correspondence

File consists of correspondence between Ainley and her research assistant, Jenny Fry, relating to interview requests; responses to Ainley's interview requests; notes; and envelopes marked, "return to sender."

Articles and other material

File consists of a paper presented at the 6th Interdisciplinary Congress on Women in Adelaide, Australia in 1996 by Rajendra Prasad Jaiswal, entitled, "Sex Discrimination and Status of Women in Science and Engineering Professions in India"; an annotated article entitled, "On Occupation" by Andrews D. Carson; an article by Jeanne Inch and Monqiue Frize, entitled, "In Their Own Words: Stories by women engineers about themselves"; and a pamphlet from the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology.

"More Than Just Numbers" material

File contains material from a "More Than Just Numbers" conference on women in engineering held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from May 10-12, 1995. File consists of a directory of delegates; the papers and initiatives presented at the conference; a report, entitled, "Engineering Student Activities at the National, Regional and University Levels"; and a pamphlet from a previous "More Than Just Numbers" conference in 1991.

Quebec material

File consists of a photocopy of access to information legislation from Quebec; brochures and pamphlets on female engineers in Quebec; photocopies of archival material relating to the employment and education of women in Quebec; and paper and electronic transcripts from interviews conducted with female engineers in Quebec.


Item is two interviews, one of which is with Marge Latham, by Jenny Fry for Ainley's "Critical turning Points" research.

Research projects

Series documents academic research undertaken by Dr. Marika Ainley throughout her academic career. It contains research material from projects in Ainley's main areas of research, the history of ornithology and the history of early and contemporary women scientists, as well as research on the relationship between early women scientists and Aboriginal peoples. The series is arranged into thirteen subseries: ornithology research, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and Doris Huestis Speirs correspondence monograph; "Scientists vs. government experts: The wood buffalo controversy, 1920-1991," "Restless energy: A biography of William Rowan, 1891-1957," women in science and engineering research, Catharine Parr Traill, "Critical turning points: Women engineers within and outside the profession," funding applications, North American and Australian indigenous knowledge and science, oral histories, "Creating complicated lives," publications, and Mabel F. Timlin. Series consists of photocopies of articles; correspondence; bibliographies; draft and published versions of articles, conference proceedings, and monographs; interviews and transcripts; recordings of conferences; statistical data; questionnaires; consent, submission, and other forms; pamphlets and other material from conferences; applications for grants and funding; overhead transparencies; photographs; and notes.

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