ONTARIO ARCHIVES 

I have donated my papers to the Archives of Ontario and they are now available through this link:

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This is their description of the scope and content:

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Linda Silver Dranoff during her career as a lawyer, author and feminist activist, beginning with her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in the 1950s and extending to her retirement in 2011 and the publication of her memoir Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution in 2017. The records in her fonds constitute a thorough representation of her interests and activities as a lawyer and feminist who was an active participant and observer of the second wave feminist movement, both within Ontario and on the national stage.

Primarily composed of textual records, the fonds includes correspondence, speeches, articles, clippings, conference materials, briefs, presentations, lobbying materials and other records derived from her involvement in advocacy work on behalf of a wide range of issues. It includes material related to subjects such as family law reform, the collaborative family law movement, the introduction of the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Meech Lake Accord, proportional representation and the 2007 Ontario Referendum, women in the legal profession, legal aid, violence against women, pay equity, women's property rights, sexual harassment under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and equality and social justice, among others.

The fonds includes material related to her work with a number of organizations including the Ontario Status of Women Council, the Women's Law Association of Ontario, the Ontario Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (particularly its Feminist Legal Analysis Section), the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, the Ontario Women's Directorate, the National Association of Women and the Law and the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

The fonds includes drafts and research material related to Dranoff's publications, including her regular legal advice column in Chatelaine Magazine (1979-2004) and her books Women in Canadian Law (1977), Every Woman's Guide to the Law (1985), Everyone's Guide to the Law (1997, with new editions following), and Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution (2017).

The fonds also includes correspondence, notes, essays and assignments from her time spent as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and as a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, as well as memorabilia in the form of buttons and posters relating to the campaigns and movements in which she participated.

© 2017-2020   Linda Silver Dranoff