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I.O.D.E. Municipal Chapter of Sherbrooke fonds
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2,27 lm of textual records. - 68 photographs.
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The Municipal Chapter of Sherbrooke of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (I.O.D.E.) was founded in April 1911. At the time, it grouped together three primary chapters created a few months earlier: the King George Fifth, Sir John Sherbrooke, and Duke of Wellington chapters. Over the years, several other primary and junior chapters were added to these. The I.O.D.E. is a patriotic organization that admits only female subjects of Commonwealth countries who are loyal to the reigning sovereign. The objectives of the I.O.D.E. and its chapters are to promote education in all forms and in particular the study of history and current events. They support widows, orphans, and dependants of Commonwealth soldiers, the poor, and the distressed. No regard is taken of race, colour, religion, or sex. As well, they support the advancement of the arts and they make financial contributions to charitable work. The mandate of the Municipal Chapter of Sherbrooke is to supervise and co-ordinate the work of the primary and junior chapters under its jurisdiction. In 1925, this chapter set up an independent organization dedicated to fighting tuberculosis, the I.O.D.E. Memorial Hospital for Tuberculosis. In 1936, however, it handed the institution over to the Canadian Legion in Sherbrooke. From the 1940s to the early 1970s, the Municipal Chapter's membership gradually waned as the Sherbrooke-area English-speaking population shrank. It was at last dissolved in 1974, and three of the primary chapters it oversaw merged to form the Sherbrooke Chapter.
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The fonds contains source material on the organization and activities of the Municipal Chapter of Sherbrooke and the chapters in its jurisdiction from 1910 to 2001, and is also a source of information on the Sherbrooke Chapter from 1974 to 1985. It consists principally of minutes, annual reports, histories, founding documents, administrative lists, activity reports, correspondence, accounting books, financial statements, and press clippings. It is comprised of the following series: Administrative Organization ([after 1910]-1985), Annual Reports ([after 1910]-1974), Financial Resources (1913-1983), General Correspondence ([after 1910]-1975), Newspaper Clippings ([after 1910]-1973), Photographs ([195?]-[197?]), King George V Chapter (1910-1961), Duke of Wellington Chapter ([after 1911]-1974), 53rd Regiment Chapter ([after 1913]-1974), Sir John Sherbrooke Chapter (1931-1963), de Laval Chapter (1939-1956), Aldershot Chapter (1939-2001), Elizabeth S. Hume Chapter (1941-1947), Admiral Sir Dudley Pound Chapter ([after 1942]-1974), Royal Oaktree Chapter, (1960-1970), Sherbrooke Chapter (1974-1985), Miscellaneous Documents ([after 1910]-[197-]) , and Stanstead Chapter (1995-1996).
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Researchers can also consult the I.O.D.E. Memorial Hospital for Tuberculosis fonds (P061).
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The documents were donated in two accessions (1983, 1988, 2002 and 2005) by Marguerite Cotton, Regent of the Aldershot Chapter.
Most of the documents are in English, some in French.
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August 25th, 2020