Fonds XR1 MS A001 - Adelaide Hoodless Family Papers

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Adelaide Hoodless Family Papers

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CA ON00344 XR1 MS A001

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  • 1890-1977, predominant 1890-1972 (Creation)
    Hoodless, Adelaide, 1857-1910

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48 cm. of textual records 70 b&w photographs 6 microfilm reels 1 scrapbook

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Adelaide Hoodless (1857-1910), of Eastcourt, Hamilton, Ontario, the wife of John Hoodless, furniture company head, was the first Treasurer (1893-1901) of the National Council of Women. She founded the Women's Institutes at Stoney Creek, February 1897, that became a worldwide movement; and the Hamilton Normal School of Domestic Science and Art in 1900. She enlisted the interest of William Macdonald, the tobacco magnate from Montreal, who gave financial aid to found Macdonald Institute at Guelph, Ontario (in 1903) and Macdonald College at Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec.

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The fonds was donated to Macdonald Institute by the estate of Muriel Bostwick (granddaughter). It was transferred to the archives in Nov. 1967

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The fonds consists of correspondence, addresses, booklets, newspaper clippings, photographs and family scrapbook chiefly relating to Adelaide Hoodless, lifetime worker in women's causes and to her role in the founding of Macdonald Institute, 1890-1972. Microfilm includes Women's Institute scrapbooks containing articles on Adelaide Hoodless Homestead, Homestead records (1937-1977), Macdonald Institute scrapbooks containing articles on Adelaide Hoodless, Hoodless Family papers, and Women's Institute (Hamilton area) scrapbook of A. Hoodless material.

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Fonds was transferred by Macdonald Institute in Nov. 1967


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Single copies can be made for research and study purposes

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Macdonald Institute, Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario Collection

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No further accruals are expected

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Fonds is in good physical condition. Scrapbook is fragile.

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