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A. Alexis Alvey fonds
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A. Alexis Alvey fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1004
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1985

The fonds consists of scrapbooks, correspondence, logs, photographs and subject files relating to Alveys career, and the activities of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. The fonds also includes the scrapbooks of former W.R.C.N.S., Grace Brodie and Dorothy Isherwood. The fonds divides into seven series: Subject Files - 1940-1985, Scrapbooks 1942-1977, Canadian Navy, Logs - 1943-1944, Photographs and posters - [ca.1940?]-1958, Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service - 1942-1984, WRCNS Reunions - 1950-1985.

Alvey, A. Alexis

Subject Files

Series consists of correspondence, clippings, postcards, photographs, newsletters,
and other printed material on a variety of subjects primarily related to the
W.R.C.N.S. These subjects include administration, women and women's services,
files on persons, ships, uniforms, reports, the Royal Canadian Navy, publishers,
poems, prayers, various cities in Canada, and music.

Alice, H.R.H...

Alice, H.R.H. The Princess, Countess of Athlone 1943-83,Clippings, Photographs
Correspondence including letters written by Mary Goldie, secretary to H.R.H. The Princess Alice, to A. Alvey and G. Brodie.


A. Alvey and G. Brodie considered writing a history of the WRCNS, but it was never completed., Correspondence, Draft (partial).

Nancy Pyper

Correspondence Address, "Canada's Women March," by Nancy Pyper at the Women's Canadian Club, Hotel Vancouver, Feb. 23, 1943. Photographs.


The scrapbook-consists of clippings and photographs Oct. 30, 1943 -
relating mainly to H.M.C.S. "Stadacona," including a July 1945 tour of Halifax by the Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, pencil portraits by Winston Elliott and Grant MacDonald including a signed Christmas card, 1944.


Series consists of scrapbooks created by W.R.C.N.S. troops. The scrapbooks include photographs and clippings documenting the activities of the W.R.C.N.S.


This scrapbook consists of photographs, clippings, 1943-1977 (oversize, and printed material relating to the ships of the Royal at end of Canadian Navy

Photographs and posters

Series consists of an album, and loose photographs depicting various ships, a recruiting display, W.R.C.N.S in the first Vancouver unit, W.R.C.N.S. reunions in Toronto and Vancouver, the H.M.C.S. Chippewa unit, and a W.R.C.N.S Anniversary banquet. Series also contains a W.R.C.N.S’ poster.


Newsletters (unofficial newsletter 1948-58 produced by ex-Wrens) nearly complete.

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