Nazla Dane fonds - 1927-1985; predominant 1945-1974.

ca. 2 m of textual records and other material

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Nazla L. Dane was born in Indian Head Sask., in 1906 and spent her early years in Saskatchewan. She taught public and secondary school in Saskatchewan from 1925-1933, worked for various businesses in Regina and Vancouver, and then worked in the Departments of Munitions and Supply and Transport in Ottawa from 1941-1945. She worked as director of both the Women's and Educational Divisions of the Canadian Life Insurance Association from 1945 to 1971. In the course of her work she wrote news columns and travelled across the country speaking to women's groups not only about finances and money management, but about women's issues such as rights, laws and employment. Nazla Dane was elected President of the Toronto Business and Professional Women's Club 1949-1951, President of the Ontario BPW 1958-61, President of the Canadian BPW 1964-1966 and from 1971-1974 served as President of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. She has been active all her life in many women's organizations, including the YWCA, VON, Women's Canadian Club, Toronto and Area Council of Women, among others. In 1977 she received the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal and in 1985 received the Persons Award from Governor-General Jeanne Sauve.


The fonds documents the career of Nazla Dane primarily through clippings, diaries and copies of her published works as well as through scrapbooks of clippings and writings about her. Some printed material present in the fonds helps elucidate her continuing interest in the status of women, particularly in Canada.

Arranged in 9 series:

  1. Correspondence,
  2. Diaries,
  3. Works by Nazla Dane,
  4. Works About Nazla Dane: Clipping Files,
  5. Works About Nazla Dane: Scrapbooks,
  6. Photographs,
  7. Published Items,
  8. Certificates and Framed Items,
  9. Realia.


  • Title from contents of the fonds.
  • Donated by Nazla Dane in 1991 with accruals in 1991 and 1996.
  • Further accruals expected.

Call number: GA 78