Online Resources, Part I

Summary Questions

  1. How did theories about home reinforce or challenge constructions of gender in Canada?
  2. How do the articles address negotiations of power in the home?
  3. How are ideas about class communicated in the "visualizing home" section?


“An Infectious Idea: 125 Years of Public Health in Toronto” – City of Toronto Archives

“A Consuming Passion” – McCord Museum

Dear Sadie: Love, Lives, and Remembrances from Ontario’s First World War – Archives of Ontario

Eugenics Archive

“Calgary in the 1950s” – Glenbow Museum


“Niitoy-yiss: The Blackfoot Tipi” – Glenbow Museum

“Sharing Authority with Baba”

Lostscapes: Visiting Old Iroquois – Jon van der Veen and Joy Parr

“Memorable Montreal” – Heritage Montreal

67 Homes for Canadians (1947)

“Women as Students: Spencer Family Fonds” – University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections


A Depression-era Christmas Message (1936)

“In the Suburbs” (1957)

“Who’s the Happiest Homemaker?” (1957)

“Casseroles Galore!” (1957)

“Canadian Immigrant Experience” (1977)

“Cooking for Men” (1965)

“Farewell Oak Street” (1953)

Further Reading

Annmarie Adams, Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870–1900 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1996)

Denyse Baillargeon, Making Do: Women, Family, and Home in Montreal during the Great Depression translated by Yvonne Klein (Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1999)

Bettina Bradbury, Working Families: Age, Gender, and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007 [1993])

Nancy Christie, ed., Households of Faith: Family, Gender and Community in Canada, 1760–1969 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002)

Megan Jane Davies, Into the House of Old: A History of Residential Care in British Columbia (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003)

Richard Dennis, Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840–1930 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Magda Fahrni, Household Politics: Montreal Families and Postwar Reconstruction (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005)

Richard Harris, Creeping Conformity: How Canada became Suburban, 1900–1960 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004)

Suzanne Morton, Ideal Surroundings: Domestic Life in a Working-Class Suburb in the 1920s (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995)

Joy Parr, Domestic Goods: The Material, the Moral, and the Economic in the Postwar Years (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999)

Adele Perry, On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849–1871 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001)

Frances Swyripa, Wedded to the Cause: Ukrainian-Canadian Women and Ethnic Identity, 1891–1991 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993)