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Spencer Family fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 121 (A1996-038, A1996-099)
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- Spencer Family
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0.64 m of textual records, 505 photographs.
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Percy Spencer was born in England and came to Canada in the 1880s. He homesteaded in the Russell area, and had seven children with his wife. One of their daughters, Lucy, became a Registered Nurse (R.N.) in 1931. Her diaries are particularly interesting for what they reveal about women's education and careers in the first part of the 20th century. Scholars in the fields of Women's Studies and History will find much useful information in these diaries. Percy Spencer also wrote consistently and over a long period of time on the problems of homesteading.
Donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1996.
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The Spencer collection consists of diaries, account books, photographs and ephemera depicting rural life near Russell, Manitoba. Percy Spencer wrote journal entries for thirty-five years, and his daughter Lucy kept a diary from 1920 - 1926, 1944, and from 1946 - 1959 and 1961 - 1973. The collection contains sixty bound volumes (diaries) and five farm account books. The photographs are interesting in that they depict rural life, but the accompanying documentation is fragmentary thus reducing the overall usefulness of the photos.
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This collection is organized into 5 series:
Percy H. Spencer Diaries / Account Books
Lucy C. Spencer Diaries
Photograph Collection (PC 124)
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Finding aid created by Don Kroeker (1996). Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers ( January 2003). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - MSS 121, PC 124 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (July 2019).