Collection RC0169 - Hamilton Spectator WWII Photograph Collection

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Hamilton Spectator WWII Photograph Collection

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  • 1924-1975 (Creation)

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6,078 b&w photographs
414 printing tools (plates, blues, etc.)
11 newspaper inserts
18 press releases
1 transcript
2 newsletters
2 letters

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The Hamilton Spectator's first issue was published on 15 July 1846 in Hamilton, Ont. It was founded as a semi-weekly, the first newspaper in what became the Southham chain. Recently there have been ownership changes; the current owners are TDNG Inc., a subsidiary of Torstar Corp.

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The collection consists primarily of b&w photographs syndicated in North American newspapers during World War II. The collection was assembled by Cecil Williams, the librarian at the Hamilton Spectator.

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Collection (69-2010) was acquired from the Hamilton Spectator in October 2010


The collection has been arranged thematically as follows:
Series 1 - World War II in Europe
Series 2 - World War II in the Pacific
Series 3 - Korean War
Series 4 - Moroccan War
Series 5 - Weapons
Series 6 - War in Canada
Series 7 - War in the United States
Series 8 - Aviation

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For further information on the collection, see: Paul Wilson, "A Fascinating Gallery of War: Spectator Writer-Archivist Compiled Two Legacies", Hamilton Spectator, 6 May 2010, pp. VE4-5.

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Further accruals are expected

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