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Collection Second World War, 1939-1945
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Eric Aldwinckle collection

  • RC0385
  • Collection
  • 1943-1945

The collection (18-2001) consists of correspondence mainly from Aldwinckle to Somers, poetry, pen and ink sketches and drawings, and one water-colour.

Aldwinckle, Eric

From the Jewish ghetto in Otwock, Poland collection

  • RC0612
  • Collection
  • 1939-[1948]

The collection consists of correspondence received by H.D. Schwartz (also David and Eva Schwartz) in Brooklyn, New York from family members and acquaintances (Syma Grzebieniarz, D. Segal, R. Szware) in Otwock, Poland. Many of the post cards are self-addressed by H.D. Schwartz. Schwartz was apparently arranging for the immigration of family members from Poland to the United States, and Syma informed him of her activities in this respect. Several cards are stamped Judenrat der Stadt Otwock (and the Polish equivalent).

The correspondence relates to the health of the family members and the writers’ connection to children and family, urging loved ones to keep in touch through letters. Reference is made to Josek and Sara, Syma’s children, who live far away in Luck (under Russian control) and with whom Syma cannot communicate directly. One of the pieces of correspondence seems to be by Sara. It is to “brother” and “sister in law”, probably of Brooklyn. Sara informs them about having a baby. The baby is also a topic in Syma’s correspondence.

Written in Yiddish, the last piece of correspondence is a long letter (dated 20 March [1948]) about the unknown writer’s experiences as he and his family tried to flee and save their lives. It, too, touches on health-related matters, conditions in the ghetto, people and neighbours who were killed by the Germans, the constant threat of being shot, locating people who are lost, and attempts to escape the ghetto to a safer place.

Jewish Ghetto in Otwock, Poland collection

German Army collection

  • RC0404
  • Collection
  • 1940

The album contains b& w photographs which depict armoured forces, including tanks, in the field. The creator of the album is not known. The pages are captioned in German and dated. The album begins with the crossing of the Mass River on 15 June 1940. War scenes in Belgium, France and Holland are depicted as well as soldiers relaxing. There are photographs of English, French and German graves. There is one photograph of prisoners. There are also some photographs back in the homeland. A listing of the German captions into English has been prepared by archival staff.

Hamilton Spectator collection

  • RC0169
  • Collection
  • 1922-1961

The collection consists of 4 letters addressed to William Mullis, editor, The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ont. and 1 letter to T. W. D. Farmer, editor, The Hamilton Spectator. The letters are from Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen (1874-1960), Prime Minister of Canada, 1920-1921 and 1926; Vincent Massey (1887-1967), Governor-General of Canada, 1952-1959; John Hylan, Mayor of New York city; and William Maxwell Aitken, Baron Beaverbrook (1879-1964). There is also an autograph by Arthur Meighen.

Hamilton Spectator

Hilde Löw Notebook

  • RC0619
  • Collection
  • 1931-1936

This notebook, the property of Hilde Löw, contains stamps of the Bund der Deutschen in Böhmen. Many pages also have postcards (pasted in) and patriotic sentiments written by her acquaintances (Emma Glatz, Camilla Wolf, Berta Hoffman, Lisette Rahn, and others).

Löw, Hilde

John Lavery Tibbs photograph collection

  • RC0564
  • Collection
  • 1943-1945

This collection is the personal photographs and material Tibbs collected during the war. It consists of one large scrapbook containing photographs, postcards, clippings, money, and other ephemera and sixteen small snapshot albums. The snapshot albums feature soldiers at rest, European cities and damage done to them, as well as planes, ships, and other sites. It covers the trip from England to the Continent through to the conclusion of the war and finally to his return to Halifax.

Tibbs, John Lavery

John Wigmore collection

  • RC0887
  • Collection
  • 1942-1944

The collection consists of forty-five letters from John Wigmore to his parents, plus two additional letters from his brother Bill, written between 1942-44.

Wigmore, John G.

Lithuanian military collection

  • RC0609
  • Collection
  • 1943-1946

Collection of photographs, some with inscriptions in Lithuanian on the reverse, predominately showing soldiers at their barracks. There is one photograph of four nurses. Date range is taken from dated photographs, most are not dated.

Lloyd J. Montgomery diary

  • RC0589
  • Collection
  • 1945

The collection contains a diary. Included with the diary is a small black and white photograph, presumably of Montgomery. There is also some background information on the HMCS Iroquois, the Murmansk run, and a hand-written transcript of the diary’s contents.

Montgomery, Lloyd J.

Lucy Benevides collection

  • RC0613
  • Collection
  • 1942-1967

The collection appears not to contain any materials relating to Benevides in World War II. There is a newspaper clipping containing a photograph of her and other Flight Officers in Metz; four group photographs with no date or location noted; an invitation to a base handover ceremony in 1967; a semaphore sheet with Benevides name written on the top; 3 desk signs. The remainder of the collection bears no obvious connection to Benevides. The majority of it is Air Force related however. It includes a photograph and programme for National Air Force Day in Rockcliffe in 1964; a photograph taken at the Officers’ Mess in Downsview in October 1943; photographs of air force personnel and airplanes including a jet; a Christmas card sent from the 3rd Wing, RCAF Station Zweibrücken; military sports day programs and crest, 1945; and other items. Not Air Force related: photograph of officers in the Elgin Regiment in Britain, 1943; photograph of four officers, one with his wife at a garden party in August 1942 (Major H. Duff. Lt. and Mrs. J. Lang, Lt. Col. Archibald).

Benevides, Lucy

Military collection

  • RC0380
  • Collection
  • 1863-1973

There have been three accruals. The first accrual consists mainly of World War I and II materials, although there are materials from the American Civil War and Vietnam. It includes Christmas cards, postcards, letters, pamphlets, photographs, and periodicals. Although mainly Canadian and British, other nationalities are represented. The second accrual consists of a few World War I and II items, 3 pennants, a swagger stick, a print and other items, including NORAD materials and photographs. The third accrual consists of photographs, advertising in support of the military, cards and other printed materials, and realia, all from the twentieth century. The fourth accrual is menu in the style of a fan for the Queen's Own Rifles 1912 dinner.

Mulberry Harbours collection

  • RC0295
  • Collection
  • 1942-1947

The collection consists of two accruals. The first accrual comprises the fonds of Colonel Steer-Webster as well as the partial fonds of Michael Harrison, author of Mulberry: The Return to Triumph (1965). Michael Harrison has written over fifty books of fiction, biography, travel and history. It consists of typescripts, correspondence, charts, sketches, photographs, maps, models. The second accrual contains correspondence addressed to H. V. Phillips in the Ministry of Supply as well as photographs, plans and printed materials.

Mulberry Harbours

Nazi newsreels collection

  • RC0817
  • Collection
  • 1940-1942

The collection contains newsreels produced by the firm Degeto Weltspiegel. The subjects covered include:
Attack on Malta
Desert war
Winter on the eastern front
Meeting with Marshall Foch
Murmansk to Africa
Attack on Sebastopol
U-boat attacks on British-American shipping
Canadian troops captured at Dieppe

Niagara region photograph collection

  • RC0859
  • Collection
  • 1938-1945

Several of the photographs document young men who served in World War II. They include an unidentified soldier in front of a 2nd/10th Dragoons vehicle. This regiment was based in St. Catharines as well as Hamilton and Brantford and did not serve overseas. There are five photographs taken by a soldier who built bailey bridges over the Aller and Weser rivers, who was a member of the 147 football team, and who was photographed in a former P.O.W. camp with a Nazi swastika near Onasbrück, Germany. The versos of all these photographs have descriptions of the events depicted. There are three photographs of Matt Wilkinson whose trade in the army was that of a blacksmith. There is also a postcard photograph of the Ravens Hotel in Schleswig, Germany where he was billeted. Also in the album are a group of news clippings about Flying Officer Alexander Jamieson Muir (1920-1944) who served in the 626 Squadron. There are no identified photographs of him in the album, although there are ones of Jack and Don Muir, presumably his cousins. There are two pages photographs of the Victoria Rifles Company in May 1944. A Montreal regiment, it embarked for Great Britain on 20 November 1944. Its Niagara connection is unclear. Also in the album are family, wedding, vacation photographs of Wasaga Beach as well as photographs of various locales in the Niagara region.

Rolf, Serviceman

  • RC0588
  • Collection
  • 1946

This small collection consists of two long and detailed letters, and 34 photographs. The letters are written by an American serviceman to his mother relating what he has seen at Buchenwald following the war and during one of the trials at Nuremburg. He is only identified by his first name, Rolf. The photographs document the state of the places he was travelling: downed aircraft, troop movements, the countryside etc. In his letter about Buchenwald he references specific photographs, but these were not included as part of the archive.

Rolf, United States Serviceman

Royal Air Force (RAF) Collection

  • RC0891
  • Collection
  • 1943

There are two letters written by Arthur Medland. The first is written to his Uncle, William P. White, the second is written to Douglas S. White, who seems to be William's son based on the content of the letters. Medland's letter to Douglas mentions the Tunisian Campaign. Medland has given the day and month, but not the date. His letter to Douglas is mostly likely written in 1943, given the time of the Tunisian Campaign and the active service of the HMCS Owen Sound, but it could be later. It is presumed that the letter to William is the same year, but again could be later.

The third letter was written by Jim [Shanock?] (1495306), an Aircraftman with the RAF, based at Sharjah in what is now Dubai. He was serving as part of the Persian and Iraq Force when he wrote to a Canadian, [Ian or Tom] Lancaster (JX391082), on board the HMCS Moose Jaw in July 1943. A couple of words have been excised from the letter by the censor.

Medland, Arthur

Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division collection

  • RC0777
  • Collection
  • 1944-1945

The collection contains photographs taken at the Prince of Wales Barracks, Kingsway and the W.D. Barracks in Edmonton; an aircraft display, Edmonton Station, May 1945 (B24 Liberator, Super Fortress, Flying Fortress); and the visit to Edmonton by Princess Alice, Honorary Air Commander of the Women’s Division, and her husband, the Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of Canada, 3 May 1945 (the photographs do not show the couple). There are other photographs of the Gremlins Basketball Team, 1944-45 and aircraft and personnel at Jasper, Alberta. There are also photographs of St. George’s Island Zoo, Calgary; Vancouver, B.C.; as well as weddings and other gatherings. Found loose with the album are photographs of an unidentified parade, a formal group military photograph and other photographs and news clippings.

Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division

Russell Kneale Magee collection

  • RC0386
  • Collection
  • 1942-1946

The collection consists of letters written by Magee to Charles and Marion Shaw, 1944-1946. The Shaws were the owners of the North American Leather Company in Omemee, Ontario. There are also letters (typed carbons) from Magee to Dr. Ody and Colonel Harris which may have been enclosed in letters to the Shaws; one letter (a typed carbon) from Shaw to Magee; a draft of an unsigned letter to Sherwood Lett about Magee; and a mimeographed report “Visit to Berlin”, unsigned but by Magee.

Magee, Russell Kneale

Second World War Realia

  • RC0590
  • Collection
  • 1943

This collection consists of various pieces of ephemera and other items related to the Second World War.

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