Dr. Desmond Pacey was one of Canada's most prominent literary historians and critics. His greatest passion was to cultivate an interest in Canadian literature, and his life's work was dedicated to this goal. Recognizing the value of research and archival records, Dr. Pacey built his collection through regular donations to the UNB Archives. He recognized the value of scholarly research, and also sought to promote the UNB Archives' central role in preserving Canadian literature. It was through Dr. Pacey's efforts that the university library acquired the literary manuscripts to complement the Hathaway Collection with records relating to prominent Fredericton poets such as Bliss Carman and Sir Charles G.D. Roberts. He clearly wanted to build on this strong literary legacy, and to play a central role in preserving this tradition. His collection is a valuable contribution to the development of Canadian literature, and to its establishment as a reputable and scholarly discipline.

A very special note of thanks to University Archivist Mary Flagg, supervisor of this project, for offering me the opportunity to do the work that I most enjoy, and for sharing my passion for literary and archival manuscripts. Her dedication to her profession is evident in her careful attention to detail and in the extensive preliminary work which she undertook with the Pacey Fonds. Mary's support and encouragement made completion of this project a pleasure.

The staff of the UNB Archives and Special Collections Department: Mary Flagg, Linda Baier, Patsy Hale, Patti Auld, and Penny Hollis provided a caring work environment, for which I am very appreciative.

Patricia Belier kindly provided her skilled and thorough editorial skills for the final proof-reading of this finding aid; her careful attention to detail helped to fine-tune the final product.

Linda-Ann Sturgeon
MLS (Toronto)


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