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The Spencer Family
The Spencer Family

Percy Spencer Family

Biographical Sketch

Percy Spencer was born in England and came to Canada in the 1880s. He homesteaded in the Russell area, and eventually had seven children. One of his daughters, Lucy, became an 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. Historians will also find the diaries kept by Percy Spencer himself very useful. He wrote consistently and over a long period of time on the problems of homesteading.

Scope and Content

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.


Collection Reference: MSS 121
Inclusive Dates: 1884-1973
Collection Contents: .64 meters of textual records, 505 black & white photos
Access Conditions: None


Image Gallery

Spencer Family fonds