Series F 3-5 - Clay Family series

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Clay Family series

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F 3-5

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  • 1919 - 2016 (Creation)
    Archibald F. Clay Family, 1894-

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1.4 m of textual records
42 photographs: prints, b&w, col.
1 photograph: slide, col.
11 photographs: negatives, b&w, col.
2 plans
1 album: 61 prints, b&w

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Biographical history

Archibald Franklin Clay was born on March 23, 1894 in Nottingham, England. He came to Canada in 1907 and worked on constructing the railway at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the 28th North-West Battalion and served in France during World War I. Clay married Rose Jeanne Souillart on April 17, 1919 in France. The Clays lived in Paris and northern France, where their two children, Pierre and Jacqueline, were born. In 1927, the Clay family came to Regina, Saskatchewan, where Archibald Clay was employed by the Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Commerce. He retired in 1963 and died in Regina on August 11, 1965.

Rose Jeanne Souillart Clay was born on December 16, 1896 in Bethune, France to Paul Alfred F.J. Souillart and Clotilde Souillart. Her siblings were Albertine, Renee, Paulette and Alfred. Rose Clay, a homemaker, enjoyed music and drama and was an active member of many organizations in Regina, including France Canada and L'Alliance Francaise. She died in Regina on August 5, 1986.

Pierre (Pat) Paul Franklin Clay was born on March 28, 1920. He attended Kitchener School in Regina and graduated from Scott Collegiate in 1938. Clay joined the Canadian Army on September 1, 1939 and served in the United Kingdom and Europe during World War II. On February 2, 1946, he married Elsie May Barr, a nurse from Regina, in South Lancing, England. He returned to Regina in April, 1946 and retired from active service. Clay attended the University of Manitoba, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in 1950. After graduation, he and Elsie moved to Ottawa, Ontario, where he was employed at the National Research Council as a statistician until his retirement on March 22, 1985. He died in Ottawa on December 23, 2012.

See PA 565 for a complete biographical sketch of Jacqueline Clay Shumiatcher.

Custodial history

Jacqui Shumiatcher donated these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in three accessions in 2012 and 2016: 2012-195 (July 31, 2012); 2016-093 (June 28, 2016) and 2016-271 (December 5, 2016).

Scope and content

This series consists of records created, accumulated and used by members of the Archibald F. Clay family, who resided mainly in Regina, Saskatchewan. The series includes correspondence between members of the Clay family and with relatives in France; photographs; diplomas; certificates; passports; daily journals and greeting cards. Also included are records created and accumulated by Pierre (Pat) Clay and his wife, Elsie (Barr) Clay, while serving with the Canadian Armed Services during World War II. Pat Clay served with the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps and the 13th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) while Elsie Clay served as a nurse with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC). Cartoons and illustrations drawn by Pat Clay are located primarily in file 12; they also appear in the photograph album (GM-PH-3111) and on letters and greeting cards, etc located in various files in the series.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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These records are subject to access restrictions. Please consult the Legislative Compliance and Access Unit (LCAU) for assistance.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of an agreement with Jacqui Shumiatcher dated August 22, 2016 and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 122-1 (researcher version) and SAFA 122-2 (restricted version) consist of fonds and series descriptions, file listings of textual records, and item descriptions of photographs, moving images and sound recordings. The old guides (GR 311-1 and GR 311-2) have been incorporated into the SAFA guides.

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Additional records relating to the Clay family are located in the Morris and Jacqui Shumiatcher series (F 3-4).

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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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Photographs: GM-PH-3000; GM-PH-3001; GM-PH-3012 (1)-(11); GM-PH-3111 (1)-(61)

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Textual records: F 3-5 (Files 1 to 51)

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