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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 15-011


Gladys G. Stacey fonds. -- ca. 1880s-2014. -- .65 m of textual records. -- ca. 250 photographs. -- 4 published books.



Gladys Gertrude Stacey (nee Devlin) was born October 4, 1883 in the province of Quebec and, in early adulthood, worked as a teacher and a reporter in Montreal. She married Frederick Harold Stacey (1880-1944), formerly of England and Alberta, in Montreal in 1910 and had five children (see below). Documents reveal that the births of two of the children, at least, were registered in Peterborough, Ontario in 1911 and 1915 and that the family moved to Toronto in the early 1920s. Frederick Stacey, an engineer, worked briefly beginning in 1917 at Canadian General Electric in Peterborough, as did one son who moved to Peterborough and then Lakefield in the 1950s. Gladys Stacey continued her writing career into the 1960s and published in church publications for children, in the Canadian Bookman, Maclean’s, Canadian Home Journal, Canadian Magazine, and in various newspapers in Toronto and Montreal. Her writings appear under several pen names and name variations: Dolly Dimples; Gladys G. Devlin; Gladys Devlin; Gertrude Woodard; Jo Joan; Christie Carew; Mary Burke; Millicent Moore; Laura Greenwood; Gladys Devlin Stacey; Gladys D. Stacey; Gladys Stacey; Gladys G. Stacey; Gladys Stacey; Mrs. S.; G.G. Stacey; G.D.S.; G. Stacey; and G.G.S. Information about Stacey is included on the website Canada’s Early Women Writers (site last visited 27 August 2015). She died in New Jersey in 1977.

Regarding the children of Gladys and Frederick Stacey, there were five, born between the years 1911 and 1921. They are listed as follows:

Harold Gordon Stacey (1911-1979): a noted Toronto silversmith and teacher of metalsmithing at Ontario College of Art and Humber College; married Margaret Ellen West Jefferys (1915-2008), daughter of the Canadian artist and historical illustrator Charles William Jefferys (1869-1951); had two children, one of whom is the donor of this fonds, Clara (Callie) Jeanette Stacey;

William “Bill” Arthur Stacey (1915-1959): served in Canadian Air Force during WWII; died of a bee sting in Peterborough, Ontario; married Beryl Bernice Benham (1909-1984);

John “Jack” Frederick Stacey (1916-1995): served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 400 Sqd, City of Toronto (later renumbered 110 overseas) during WWII and worked for Canadian General Electric in Peterborough from the early 1950s; lived above T.J. Cavanaugh’s appliance store on Charlotte Street (Peterborough), Henry Sharp's farm 4th line of Smith Township, Hamilton Street (Peterborough), and Water Street (Peterborough) before moving to 7th line of Smith Township; married Delysia Alice Ward [1920-2008];

Clifton David Stacey (1917-2010): served in the USA Army; stenographer; married Ruth Gaskin (1917-2002);

Dorothy Joan (1921-2005): secretary and office manager; married Reginald Wray (1928- ).
(Taken from information supplied by the donor).


Fonds consists of binders, notebooks, and scrapbooks pertaining to the life and career of Gladys G. Stacey. Included are Stacey's manuscripts, published articles, paintings, and sketches. Also included are family genealogical records; photographs; newspaper clippings; copies of family diaries and diary pages; correspondence; articles by Frederick Stacey; financial records; military records of Stacey children; personal family documents (i.e. passport, birth and death certificates, diplomas, etc.). Included as well are publications containing information about the Stacey and Devlin families. 


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Callie Stacey, granddaughter of Gladys G. Stacey, before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014 on the recommendation of Callie’s cousin, Allan Stacey.

Condition: Some of the scrapbooks and journals are fragile and pages are disintegrating. Handle with care. Scrapbooks and binders contain loosely inserted items; original location must be retained.

Immediate Source: Fonds was acquired from Callie Stacey in 2014.

Fonds Arrangement: Fonds was assembled by Callie Stacey and Catherine Wray Cimmino, granddaughters of Gladys G. Stacey. Included in this assemblage are several binders of loose items enclosed in archival sleeves. This arrangement has been maintained as received.

Restrictions: N

Special thanks to Archival Management students of the 2014-2015 Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Program for their assistance in describing this fonds.


Box 1

Binder (black): Devlin family research (ca. 1880s–2013): genealogical information; photographs (includes hand-tinted tintypes); correspondence; newspaper clippings; also includes materials pertaining directly to Gladys Stacey: copies of published articles, McGill Normal School Elementary Diploma (1902), photographs

Binder (green): Stacey family research: genealogical information; correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings; Coat of Arms; birth, death, and wedding announcements; booklet titled “St. George’s Anglican Church, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, 1875-1975”; USA immigration documents; handwritten notes titled “Lecture by Mr. Burgess on Teetotalism” by Frederick Stacey, age 11, 1891; photocopy of “Pocket Diary of Frederick H. Stacey” 1893; articles by Frederick Stacey published in “Power and the Engineer”, 1903-1909; Frederick H. Stacey collar patent, 1910

Binder (blue): pertains to the life of Gladys Stacey: loosely inserted original paintings and sketches by Stacey; correspondence; newspaper clippings; photographs; identity cards; will; funeral documents (1977), 1970-2010

Journal (red with black spine, extremely fragile), 1947-1969: Gladys Stacey manuscript record

Journal (dark red), n.d.: Fred Stacey’s graph charts (9) about energy use, prices, cost data on electrical machinery

Journal (black, scribbler size), ca. 1968: Gladys Stacey’s “My Scribbling Years”: introduction, lists of articles, poems, adult stories, stories for children, etc. written between 1904 and 1968

Journal (small, red), 1958-1962: weather, brief notes, insurance policy numbers

Journal (small, blue), 1963-1967: weather, brief notes

Journal (red, titled “Daily aide”), 1974-1975: brief notes, weather, church attendance

Address Book (small, black, titled “Where is it?), 1926: list of Stacey children’s birthdays, mailing addresses of family and acquaintances

Scrapbook (brown), 1918-1943: personal interest pieces, newspaper clippings, telegrams from Gladys Stacey’s daughter Joan

Scrapbook, 1920: Gladys Stacey’s Cozy Corner article, 1920

Book: Elements of English Grammar / by Alfred S. West, 1896; includes handwritten notes

Book: Contributions of History of the Eastern Townships… / C. Thomas, 1866; includes inserted bookmark notes

Book: I Believe in People / by Archer Wallace, 1954; includes two loosely inserted newspaper clippings and inscription by the author to Gladys Stacey

Book: The Fort on the Saskatchewan… / by Peter T. Ream, 1974; includes bookmarks pertaining to family genealogical information

Box 2

Binder (brown): Stacey/Devlin 1909-1939: items of a genealogical nature pertaining to the Stacey and Devlin families, i.e. photographs; wedding documents of Gladys and Frederick; loose diary pages; correspondence; birth registrations of Stacey children

Binder (grey and red): Stacey/Devlin 1940-1969: items of a genealogical nature pertaining to the Stacey and Devlin families, i.e. marriage certificates and clippings; death certificates and notices; will of Frederick Stacey; WWII service documents pertaining to Gladys and Frederick Stacey’s three sons; newspaper clippings; correspondence; photographs including family picnic on the Otonabee River, Peterborough Park and Zoo, 1954, and family picnic, 1958

Binder (black): biographical information pertaining to Gladys Stacey; also copies of articles; lists of published works; correspondence, 1930s-2014

Scrapbook (beige) of articles written by Gladys Stacey, 1923-1940

Scrapbook (black) of articles written by Gladys Stacey using her various pen names, 1924-1964

Additional materials received in 2016 from Callie Stacey

Folder 1: email records pertaining to family genealogy, sent to Callie Stacey by her second cousin, Susan Raham, and others, 2016