Lady Aberdeen Collection
Lady Aberdeen was born in 1857, the daughter of the first Baron Tweedsmouth, she married the first Marquis of Aberdeen in 1877. Lord Aberdeen became Governor-General of Canada in 1893 and remained in that office for the next five years.
One of the outstanding public figures of her time, Lady Aberdeen had been active in philanthropic and educational work along many directions for nearly sixty years. She was president of the International Council of Women for nearly forty years, 1893-1899 and 1904-1936. She was president of the Irish Industries Assoc., of the Women's National Health Association of Ireland, of the Onward and Upward Association, and for a number of years chairperson of the Scottish Council for Women's Trades. In Canada, Lady Aberdeen founded the Victorian Order of Nurses. While in Canada, Lady Aberdeen took a leading part in the formation of the National Council of Women of which she was the first president. She died in Scotland in 1939.
The original collection was donated by the National Council of Women of Canada with additions made to the collection later (see finding aid for details).
The collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, scrapbooks, clippings, etc., concerning Lady Aberdeen and the National Council of Women of Canada's gift to the University of Waterloo Library, the Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women (see below).Call number: WA 18
Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women
The Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women, known as the Lady Aberdeen Collection, was donated to the University of Waterloo Library in 1967 by the National Council of Women of Canada to mark the occasion of the Centennial of Canadian Confederation.
In 1954, the National Council of Women of Canada's Arts and Letters Committee began to assemble a library of material by and about women. Named in honour of Lady Aberdeen, the founder and first president of the National Council of Women, the collection grew to include not only books, but also periodicals, government documents, pamphlets, clippings, manuscripts, ephemera, and realia. The collection is particularly strong in literary and biographical works by and about Council members.
Included are some 1400 items which document the history of women through biographies and memoirs, literature, historical works, and records of women's organizations in Canada and elsewhere. Highlights among the older works in the collection include an 1852 edition of Roughing it in the Bush, by Susanna Moodie; the 1879 edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe; and the 1836 edition of The Backwoods of Canada, by Catherine Parr Traill.
The University of Waterloo has issued a catalogue of the collection: A Catalogue of the Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women in the University of Waterloo Library, compiled by Jane Britton (Waterloo, Ont.: University of Waterloo Library, 1982).