Fonds F 698 - Alice Perry fonds

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Alice Perry fonds

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F 698

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  • 1905-2002, 2011 (Creation)
    Perry, Alice, 1903-2002

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1.600 m of textual records

108 photographs : prints, b&w

68 photographs : prints, col.

11 photographs on 2 CD-ROMs : jpeg

2 albums (91 photographs)

1 videocassette (29 min., 50 sec.) : col., VHS, sd.

1 videocassette (ca. 60 min., 0 sec.) : col., MiniDV, sd.

51 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 40 min.; ca. 1100.0 m) : acetate, original, b&w and col., si. ; 16 mm

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Alice Duckett was born on March 27, 1903 in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England to John Henry and Florence Ellen (Mettam) Duckett. The family emigrated to the United States in 1903. In 1904, John Duckett relocated to a homestead near Perdue, North-West Territories; his family joined him in 1905. Subsequently, the family relocated to North Battleford in 1914 and Regina in 1917. Alice Duckett graduated from Central Collegiate, Regina, in 1920. In 1922, she attended Normal School in Regina, then began her teaching career in Radville where she taught until 1925. She also studied drama at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois during the summer of 1925. She retuned to Regina in 1926 and from then until 1932 taught at Wetmore School. During these years, Duckett also performed in various productions of the Regina Little Theatre.

Alice Duckett met Harold Slanson Perry, an American engineer working in Regina, in January, 1932. They married in April of that year, relocated to the United States and eventually settled in Emporia, Kansas. Their daughter, Floredeth, was born in 1939. Alice Perry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Emporia in May, 1944. After the death of Harold Perry in 1943, Alice and Floredeth returned to Regina. In 1944, Alice resumed her teaching career at Balfour Technical School.

At Balfour, Perry taught commercial classes and was heavily involved in the school's drama program. She spent the 1958-1959 school term on a sabbatical in Great Britain where she studied educational theory and youth drama programs. She retired from Balfour in 1964; however, she continued teaching for one more year at St. Chad's College. In 1972, Perry was a teacher in a pilot program focused on keeping teen mothers in school. This program would later be known as the Balfour Special Tutorial Program.

Throughout her retirement years, Perry was involved in various activities and organizations, including: the Unitarian Fellowship and Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation; the University Women's Club of Regina; the University of Regina's Seniors' Education program; Intercultural Grandmothers Uniting; the Regina chapter of the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan; and the Raging Crones. She also enjoyed travel, the theatre, and time spent at her "Periwinkle" cottage at B-Say-Tah. Alice Perry died in Regina on September 4, 2002.

Custodial history

Floredeth Widstrand, daughter of Alice Perry, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2011: 2011-143 (July 25, 2011).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Alice (Duckett) Perry of Regina, Saskatchewan between 1905 and her death in 2002. The records include correspondence with family and friends particularly her mother Florence Duckett, daughter Floredeth (Perry) Widstrand; and relatives from the Bailey and Duckett families, including her cousin, British actor Robin Bailey. It also includes reports, correspondence and certificates related to Perry's education; and yearbooks, correspondence and publications from her teaching career at Radville, at Wetmore School, Regina (1926) and Balfour Technical School, Regina (1944-1964), particularly the Balfour drama program. As well, biographical and genealogical information; records of Perry's involvement in seniors' education classes at the University of Regina; records related to her work to establish the Balfour Special Tutorial Program; and records of her membership in organizations including the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation, and the Regina University Women's Club appear in the fonds.

Additionally, the fonds includes home movies created by Alice Perry's husband Harold from ca. 1939 to 1943, and others of her extended family from the 1940s and 1950s. Subject matter includes the Perrys' daughter Floredeth; Christmas, Easter, birthday and wedding celebrations; members of the Duckett and Bailey families; the Perrys' residence and family outings in Emporia, Kansas, and visits to Regina; Alice and Floredeth Perry's travels in England; and time spent at B-Say-Tah. Also included in the fonds is a plan of the yard around Perry's "Periwinkle" cabin at B-Say-Tah, Saskatchewan, created by Floredeth Widstrand in 2011.

No sub-series have been identified in this fonds.

The types of records in this series include: correspondence; photographs; clippings; biographical and genealogical information; manuscripts; certificates; yearbooks; programmes; travel itineraries; publications; address books; film reels; and video cassettes.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records arranged by archivist based on order presented by donor.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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SAFA 675 consists of a fonds description, file listing of textual records and a synopsis of the content on the film reels.

Associated materials

R-8301 - Audio recording of an oral history interview of Alice Perry about her reminiscences of life in Saskatchewan in the 1920s and 1930s. Created by the Prairie Oral History Association.

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Further accruals are expected.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Henderson.


Archival staff replaced the original file folders withacid-free folders and removed elastic band, paper clips and other fasteners. Photographs were placed in sleeves.

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Other codes: Film Reels: MI-1465 to MI-1468; MI-2732 to MI-2778

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