Collection MS-1210 - Karen Rowswell collection

Curfew for Men poster Thought Police Student Protesters Speaker with Student Protesters The History of Women is a World to be Fought For Fuck Housework Pete Seeger at Jubilee Auditorium Women's Day Karl Dietrich Wolf
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Karen Rowswell collection

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CA EDM MS-1210

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75 cm of textual records and other material

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(1948 -)

Biographical history

Karen Rowswell has been heavily involved in Edmonton’s social movements since the late 1960’s. During her time as a part-time student at the University of Alberta from 1971 to 1975, Karen was a member of various advocacy organizations including Students for a Democratic University (SDU), as well as groups that focused on the anti-Vietnam war and feminist movements. While attending university, Karen volunteered at the Women’s Program Centre from 1972 to 1975. The Women’s Program Centre was a student-operated organization based out of the Student’s Union Building. They provided birth control and abortion referral, correspondence with other women's groups in Edmonton and Western Canada, and a lending library of feminist writings. In addition to these services, the Women’s Program Centre organized an annual series of lectures on feminism which were well attended by students. After graduating the University of Alberta with a BA in Anthropology in 1975, Karen continued her involvement with feminist organizations while volunteering at Edmonton Women’s Place in 1975. Karen later returned to the University of Alberta in 1993 and obtained a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies.

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Scope and content

This collection consists of material collected by Karen Rowswell through her involvement in social movement organizations. The collection includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, journal publications, photographs, posters, booklets, resource guides, and pamphlets relating to feminism, the anti-war movement, and political ideologies. The material is largely from the 1960s and 1970s, with some records dating between 1980-1994.

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This collection was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Karen Rowswell in 2016.


The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.

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  • English
  • French

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Copyright may apply.

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File list is available online.

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Accession number: A2016-150

Physical description

Includes 2 photographs, 20 posters, and 1 object.


The flag has been stored separately from the other records due to considerations of its size and composition. An image of the flag is available in the finding aid after the file list.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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Physical storage

  • Box: MS Vault : Box
  • Map cabinet: MS Vault : Map Cabinet