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A. Alexis Alvey fonds
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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.

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.

Free French.

Bibliographical information on Services Feminins de la Flotte and Miquelon, Correspondence, Printed material.


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.

Canadian Navy

Series consists of photographs and clippings in scrapbooks which relate to Grace Brodie's duties at various stations.


This scrapbook consists of photographs and clippings May 14, 1942 relating to her duties at various stations. There is - Sept.21, 1943 some overlap with Alvey's scrapbook, but there are different photos of the same events. There is an autographed photo of the Navy team that won the Calgary Garrison championship,1942-43.

Pre-Service 1941-42.

Diary, July 29-August 25, 1942, Correspondence (mainly about her entry into the service or with her mother).


This scrapbook (1942- 1943) was presented to Isherwood when she left Canada Sept. 1943. It includes items collected by leading Wren Humel, member of Isherwood’s office staff, newspaper clippings on WREN activities, and an index compiled by Alvey. Typing by Rosemary (Robb) Pimental.

HMCS "Bytown" Ottawa.

HMCS "Bytown" Ottawa(first class) 1942-78, Log, Lecture notes, Correspondence, Photographs, Clippings, Uniform arm band.

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.


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


The scrapbook consists of clippings & photographs May, 1942 - relating to her duties at Kingsmill House, Ottawa, Oct. 22, 1943 Galt, Vancouver, and Bytown, Ottawa. Karsh photograph of the Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, numerous candid and official photographs including the firstWren parade held in Vancouver, May 15, 1943,
programs to first night presentations of the RCN productions,"Meet the Navy," at Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto.

HMCS"Protector" - Sydney.

G. Brodie was unit officer, WRCNS for a period at HMCS "Protector." The file was created by G. Brodie, Correspondence, photographs.

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