Women's History and Ethnic History in the Ottawa, Canada, Area
also Historiography of Canadian Ethnic History
October 2, 2012:
This web site (www.bytown.net) has been operating for about 12 years now. There is a shortfall in the
writing and recording of Women's History and Ethnic History in the Ottawa area. There is a whole world of interesting material
out there, but almost nothing concerning the Ottawa, Canada, area which is Canada's fourth largest metropolitan area. There
has been a lot of work done on the history of women in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Some of it overlaps with ethnic and
immigration studies. Feminist history has been written for the Italians in Toronto, the Chinese and Japanese in Vancouver
and female domestic servants and teachers in rural areas.
The first locally-written important work in this field is Professor Bruce Elliott's work Irish Migrants in the Canadas: A New Approach.
However, our web site contains very little material written by "the new school of history" which began in the 1960's and focuses on
history from the viewpoint of women, ethnic groups, labour and visible minorities.
Help us out here. Feel free to contribute material about your great grandmother or your German Great Uncle.
October 12, 2012:
Here is the opening paragraph in an excellent article by Franca Iacovetta. It explains a bit about what is going on today:
Source: The Writing of English Canadian Immigrant History, Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, 1997, a booklet prepared
for the series "Canada's Ethnic Group Series" (number 22), page 1, ISBN 0-88798-179-8.
Here is an article by William S. Baker -- it shows the historiography of Irish Catholics:
"God's Unfortunate People": Historiography of Irish Catholics in Nineteenth Century Canada". This article appears in
The Untold Story: The Irish in Canada, edited by Robert O'Driscoll and Lorna Reynolds, (Celtic Arts of Canada, Toronto, 1988,
ISBN 0-921745-00-1), pages 59-71.
I'm taking a Canadian Immigration History Course at Carleton University this term. It is being taught by Professor Marilyn Barber.
There is an excellent reading list for this course. Over time, I'll add some of the readings to the following list:
Tulchinsky, Gerald, ed., Immigration in Canada: Historical Perspectives, (Copp Clark Longman, Toronto, 1994), ISBN 0-7730-5400-6
Burnet, Jean, ed., Looking Into My Sister's Eyes : An Exploration in Women's History, (Toronto, Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1986),
245 pages, ISBN 0919045278
Marlene Epp, Franca Iacovetta, Frances Swyripa, ed.s Sisters or Strangers : Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Women in Canadian History
(Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2003), ISBN 0802086098.
Franca Iacovetta, Paula Draper and Robert Ventresca, eds. A Nation of Immigrants : Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, 1840s-1960s,
(Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c. 1998)
Marilyn Barber, "Nation-Building in Saskatchewan: Teachers from the British Isles in Saskatchewan Rural Schools in the 1920's", in
Phillip Buckner and Douglas Francis, eds., Canada and The British World: Culture, Migration and Identity (UBC Press, 2006): 215-33
Gothard, Janice "The healthy, wholesome British girl: single female migration and the Empire Settlement Act, 1922-1930" in
Stephen Constantine, ed., Emigrants and Empire (1990): 72-95
Source: Inside back cover of Canada's Ethnic Series,
by the Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa
We have web pages for some of our ethnic groups. Feel free to contribute to them: Italians, Native Canadians, Polish, Jewish, Scots, English, Vietnamese and German.
October 29, 2012:
Here is an excerpt from A Diversity of Women: Ontario, 1945-1980, published in 1995 by the University of Toronto Press.
Joy Parr is the editor. ISBN 0-8020-7695-5. Bytown or Bust has ordered a copy for our personal library.
Here is a list of the articles which appear in this book:
Source: Reading List for HIST3507 Canadian Immigration course at Carleton University.
April 21, 2013:
Protestant Women's Narratives of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, edited by John D. Beatty, Four Courts Press, 2001, Dublin,
January 2, 2014:
Women's Emigration - A database available at the BIFHSGO web site
(British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa)
"The Hon. Mrs. Ellen Joyce was the head of the British Women’s Emigration Association (BWEA) from 1901 until 1919.
The aim of the Association was to encourage middle class women to emigrate to the colonies because of a perceived surplus
of women in England and Wales while there was a dearth of British women in the colonies. This database lists 587 of the
women assisted by the Association."
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