Fonds F0170 - Dorothy Stepler fonds

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Dorothy Stepler fonds

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  • 1916-1919 predominant (Creation)
  • 1915-1945 (Creation)

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0.2 cm of textual material
ca. 50 photographs : b&w, sepia ; 16.5 x 23 and smaller.

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(fl. 1900 -16 September 1999)

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Dorothy Hamilton Stepler (d. 16 September 1999) was a native of Strathroy, Ontario. She was the daughter of William and Wynne (Gordon) Stepler and sister to Gordon William Stepler. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario in 1931, Stepler worked for the Federal Department of Health and Welfare, where she advocated the payment of family allowances directly to mothers of children. A long-time member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and the University Women's Club,.

Stepler edited and published two articles based on the letters her brother Gordon sent home from the Front while serving in World War I.

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Fonds consists of diaries and approximately 150 letters of Gordon Stepler written during World War I and sent to his parents and sister. Also included are postcards, a discharge certificate, a photograph album and other photographs, a pay book, leave passes and other ephemera, as well as letters to Gordon Stepler's family from friends of Gordon Stepler and articles by Dorothy Stepler regarding her brother's participation in World War I, and pamphlets related to World War I and World War II.

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Donated by Dorothy Stepler in 1998.


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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1998-037. No further accruals are expected.

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This fonds is featured in the "Letters Home: A selection of wartime correspondence" online exhibit which is available at

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2010/11/09 Anna St.Onge:. (Creation)
2010/11/09 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2010/11/09 Anna St.Onge. grammar, spelling in biographical sketch
2010/11/09 Anna St.Onge. extents of photographs
2010/11/12 Dubeau. Corrected typographical errors.
2014/09/23 Anna St.Onge. Updated post-migration.
2014/10/05 St.Onge. Corrected descriptions, deleted accession description, added subject headings.

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