Fonds RC0016 - H.R. Percy fonds

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H.R. Percy fonds

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  • 1931-1994 (Creation)

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7.70 m of textual records and graphic material.

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Herbert Rolland (Bill) Percy was born in Burnham, Kent, in 1920. He retired from the Canadian Navy in 1971 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, 35 years after he entered the Royal Navy in England at the age of 16. In 1942 he married Mary Davina James. Together they raised three children. The author of numerous short stories, Percy has also written novels, biographies, and navy training manuals. He acted as editor of Canadian Author and Bookman from 1963 to 1966, and was involved in a number of professional organizations for writers. Percy died in 1997.

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Fonds consists of typescripts, proofs, manuscripts, research notes, speeches, essays, publications, and correspondence relating to H.R. Percy's literary career. Also included are materials relating to Percy's early life and service in the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy.

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The first accrual (08-1990) was purchased on 13 August 1990; the second accrual (11-1995) was acquired on 3 May 1995, both from H.R. Percy. The third accrual (049-2015) was acquired from H.R. Percy's son Jon on 3 December 2015.


There have been two accruals. The first (4.5 m) is arranged into the following series: General correspondence; Writers' associations; Manuscripts, typescripts and proofs; Oversize items; Broadsides and miscellaneous runs of magazines; Publishers' catalogues; Literary journals; Religious circular; Military journals; Military manuals. The second accrual (2.19 m) is arranged into the following series: General correspondence; Literary correspondence; Essays, speeches and related correspondence; Novels; Short stories and related correspondence; Other literary works; Personal material; Printed matter. The third accrual (1.01m) is arranged into the following series: Typescripts and other writings; Publications; Correspondence and notes.

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First accrual: Finding Aid
Second accrual: Finding Aid
Third accrual: Finding Aid

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Further accruals are not expected.

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