Alec Stacey Newsclippings Collection

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Alec Gordon Stacey was born in St. John's in 1921 and graduated from Memorial University College in 1943. After 5 years as principal at various schools, he was appointed Secretary of the N.T.A. in 1944 and in 1948 became U.S.A.F. Civilian Personnel Officer at Goose Bay. From 1949 to 1961 he served as Supervisor of Special Surveys for the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Thereafter, he held a number of Provincial Government positions: 1961-63 as Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition; 1963-66, ARDA administrator for the Department of Economic Development, 1966-68; Director of the Department of Community and Social Development; 1967, provincial representative at Expo; 1968-73, Assistant Deputy Minister; Department of Economic Development; from 1973, Provincial Co-ordinator of Work Programs, Executive Council until his retirement in 1984.

In December 1984, Mr. Stacey donated 228 binders of newsclippings from local newspapers between 1968 and 1984 to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies. He arranged this binder collection by government departments, communities, political matters, people and historic events. These binders have been available to researchers in the Centre since 1984 and now will be accessible digitally through the DAI, starting with the Community binders.

Clippings are often unattributed. It appears that the Evening Telegram is the most frequent source. Both the Evening Telegram and Daily News are available on microfilm in the Queen Elizabeth II Library microfilm section on Level 1 to consult when verification is necessary. Another source appears to be Robert Wells' Report on resettlement in Newfoundland.

The material in the binders have been digitized according to the order in which they were compiled even though the clippings are not always in sequential order.

The Centre for Newfoundland Studies also has a rich collection of Community Files containing newsclippings, pamphlets, brochures and ephemera that may be of interest to researchers and while not digitized, the lists are available online. The contents of the files can be viewed in the Centre.