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Letters Home: a selection of wartime correspondence from the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
Based on a 2009 exhibit of wartime correspondence held by the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, "Letters Home" highlights some correspondence exchanged by soldiers with their parents, siblings and friends during the First and Second World Wars.
This online exhibit would not have been possible without the generosity of family members who, over the years have donated their family records for the benefit of students and scholars of York University. In particular, archival staff would like to thank Dorothy Stepler, John Lennox, the late Bettie Lennox Locke, and Nick Aplin. A special thanks must be made to Vicki Ryckman. She found the letters of Charles Shore in an old barn in Prince Edward County where she grew up and donated the letters to the archives in 2008.
This exhibit explores immigration and farming in Canada through the experiences of Herbert William Hunt, a British World War I veteran who settled in Saskatchewan for ten years during the Great Depression. Hunt’s migration was facilitated by the 3,000 Family Scheme, a joint settlement effort by Canada and the United Kingdom to populate the Canadian West with people of Anglo-Saxon descent, while also addressing postwar unemployment and civil unrest.[i] Though the program offered Hunt and his wife, Jessica, a venue for the independence that they craved, settling on a farm north of Spruce Lake and east of St. Walburg in Saskatchewan, their time in Canada was fraught with adversity. Hunt’s records, including diaries, account books, correspondence, and photographs, were donated to the archives by his nephew, A. Godfrey Hunt. The entire digitized collection can be found in the York University Libraries Digital Repository.
[i] Rebecca J. Manusco. “Three Thousand Families: English Canada’s Colonizing Vision and British Family Settlement, 1919-39,” Journal of Canadian Studies 45 (2011): 9-10, doi: 10.1353/jcs.2011.0030.