Fonds MS-15-2 - Anita Martinez fonds

Accepting 'I'm gay' Photographs of the Halifax Gay Pride march 1996 Newspaper clippings re. Take Back the Night and International Women's Day Rose Vaughn Trio brochure, advertisement for an art auction in support of Stepping Stone, and two... Vitality : Volume 11, Issue 2, Summer 1989

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Anita Martinez fonds

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  • 2019 - 2021 (Collection)
    Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive
  • 1980-1999 (Creation)
    Martinez, Anita Louise

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70 cm of photographic materials and textual records

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Anita Louise Martinez is a photographer and long-standing community activist and volunteer, in particular with reference to the peace movement, women’s equality and empowerment groups, and LGBTQI rights. She has documented numerous local and national organizations and her work has been published in periodicals, magazines and books in Japan, New Mexico, New York and Canada.

Born in Ontario in 1939, at the age of eight she won a Brownie camera, which began her love of photography. At 15 she left her home town and began traveling, eventually settling in New Mexico, where she raised six children. In 1983 she moved to Nova Scotia.

She has studied a breadth of subjects—from woodworking to photography to cake decorating—and holds a nursing degree from the University of New Mexico and a diploma in photography, graphic design and digital imaging from Nova Scotia Community College. In addition, she’s completed workshops in drug and alcohol counseling, suicide prevention, and co-operative housing.

In Halifax, Anita served on various boards and committees: PLURA (Presbyterian, Lutheran, United, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches); Halifax Transition House Association; the National Transition House Association; Urban Core Support Network; Second Stage Housing Association; Take Back the Night Committee; the International Women’s Day Planning Committee; Pandora Women’s Newspaper; and WAYVES. She was membership coordinator on Lamplight Housing Cooperative Board and president of PSAC Union. Anita also served the board of Women’s Employment Outreach and was on the organizing team for Dawn Canada. She was a longtime support person with the Nova Scotia’s Persons with AIDS (PWA) Coalition.

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Materials were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by Anita Martinez in 2019 through the Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive.

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Fonds consists of photographs taken by Anita Martinez at pride events and women's events in Nova Scotia between 1987 - 1999. There are also clippings, event programs, brochures, posters and promotional materials related to various women's and pride events.

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Some photographs were damaged when removed from albums for preservation purposes.

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The original order of the files has been maintained wherever possible. Textual materials were separated. Fonds contain two series, with one series divided into subseries.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Anita Martinez fonds, MS-15-2, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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