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C.H. (Marty) Gervais fonds

  • RC0066
  • Arquivo
  • [1914]-2011

The fonds contains: correspondence; poetry and other writing; personal material, business material; photographs; promotional material; and other material.

Gervais, C.H. (Charles Henry)

Charles Hamilton Mitchell fonds

  • RC0138
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1959

The fonds consists of two accruals which have been combined. It contains primarily material dating from or related to Mitchell’s World War I military service. The bulk of the material includes correspondence to family, friends, and associates during the period of the war, and memorabilia collected during Mitchell’s travels as an intelligence officer. The latter includes intelligence related material, such as maps, orders, reports and dispatches.

Mitchell himself organized much of his correspondence and memorabilia into nine letter books and four scrapbooks. Letter books largely contain personal letters to family members and scrapbooks contain military memorabilia such as cards and army ephemera, as well as photographs, some correspondence, and intelligence material, often pertaining to the country in which Mitchell was serving at the time.

Mitchell, Charles Hamilton

John E.S. Taylor fonds

  • RC0397
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1936

The fonds consists of two pocket diaries kept by Taylor in 1917 and 1919. There are also three bound typescripts of his autobiography, “Nothing but the Truth”, one of which has some photographs. The photographs include: two taken in Saskatchewan (p. 51); three from his university days (pp. 57, 61, 63) and one of his wife and infant son in England (p.96). He wrote his autobiography several years after his second marriage in 1965. It is dedicated to his grandchildren. Two of the volumes are similar in content and cover his life from boyhood to his return from World War I. The third volume, a typescript carbon, also describes his life after his return to Canada.

Taylor, John E.S.

Lloyd's Register War Record fonds

  • RC0466
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1919

The fonds consists of shipping statistics and intelligence comprising reports, lists, letters, cablegrams and other documents.

Lloyd's Register

Gerald Blake fonds

  • RC0542
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1917

The fonds consists of letters that Gerald Blake wrote to his mother and to his brother, Clive Blake, of London, England, concerning his experiences on the Western front. There are also a few letters from Angus Macmillan to Clive Blake. Macmillan was also at the front.

Blake, Gerald John

Jane Abbott fonds

  • RC0584
  • Arquivo
  • 1914

The fonds consists of Jane Abbott’s diary, dated 15 May 1914, to 17 September 1914. The diary is an account of the Abbotts’ visit to Europe, primarily Vienna. The highlights of the diary are the June 28 entry relating to the assassinations and the July 2 entry in which Abbott describes witnessing the return of the bodies to Vienna. The diary also details the Abbotts’ social life in Europe, including their interactions with other American visitors such as Dr. Russell M. Wilder and his wife. The fonds includes 7 documents that were found inside the diary. One of these documents is a letter, dated 26 April 1914, written by Jane Abbott while en route to Europe aboard the TSS Kaiser Franz Joseph I, and addressed to Ruth Abbott of Chicago, likely the sister of Dr. Abbott.

Abbott, Jane

Philp brothers fonds

  • RC0418
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1934

The fonds consists of a scrapbook with items pasted in as well as items found loose inside it. Some of items have been placed in file folders along with other items that were found outside the scrapbook.

Philp brothers

Clifford E. Timmons fonds

  • RC0543
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1918

Fonds consists of two b&w photographs which depict Timmons standing beside and sitting in his airplane at Camp Borden in Ontario and a Royal Flying Corps identification bracelet. Fonds also contains an explanatory letter from R. Slobodin to William Ready of McMaster University.

Timmons, Clifford E.

J.N. Weekes fonds

  • RC0554
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1916

The fonds consists of Weekes's journal, a bound manuscript, 88 pages in length. The first entry is dated 4 August 1914 when the ship was "laying in Medway at Sherness". The last entry is dated [June] 9, 1916 when the ship left Brindisi.

Weekes, J. N.

Roy Stephenson fonds

  • RC0636
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1936

The fonds (seven numbered files, files 10-16) consists of the following: (10) correspondence, 1914-36, including a postcard from Captain W.J. Peppiart about Stephenson’s enlistment, a letter from Edwin, 2 greeting cards from Norma (his sister), and a photocopy of a letter from Roy to Harry (Henry Arthur Stephenson, 22 October 1918); (11) 8 b&w photographs (several being reproductions), including group photograph of the Burlington Volunteers, 1st Canadian Contingent, and the grave site of A.T. Thomson at Mount St. Eloi Cemetery; (12) black notebook of WWI news clippings and other clippings of the period; (13) ephemeral publications, including Thanksgiving Service Canadian Corps Vimy Ridge (April 9th 1917), Regimental Songs Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1915, The 1st Canadian Division in the Battle of 1918, The Listening Post (no. 22, 15 February 1917), The Rose of No Man’s Land (music score), Bruce Bairnsfather’s Fragments from France, part VI, and the War Pictorial (embarkation number, part four); (14) WWI medal and brass buttons from Stephenson’s coat; (15) discharge certificate, 2 June 1919; (16) information about Stephenson’s war record from Gwendoline Stephenson, his daughter, and a copy of Stephenson’s attestation papers.

Stephenson, Roy

John Gilbert Browne fonds

  • RC0395
  • Arquivo
  • 1914

The fonds consists of detailed first-hand personal records written by Browne at Boulogne as well as classified printed documents heavily annotated, by Browne’s hand, which had been produced in extremely limited numbers.

Browne, John Gilbert

HMS Carnarvon Fonds

  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1915

There have been two accruals. The first accrual consists of two night order books, 1914-1915, 166 pages and 1915, 161 pages. The second accrual consists of a bound notebook (40 pages) containing a memoir written by George H.J. Hanks who was a Sick Bay Attendant on the Carnarvon. It was written in 1915 in Montreal while the ship was undergoing repairs and contains an extract from the ship's log for the Battle of Falkland Islands (p. 40). The fonds is supplemented by a transcript of the diary prepared by Robert K. Hanks, available in hard copy and on a CD. It includes additional documentation, including profiles of opposing fleets and maps

HMS Carnarvon

Shipboard engines fonds

  • RC0545
  • Arquivo
  • [1914-1916]

Fonds consists of a notebook on shipboard engines kept by unidentified person, 172 p. with diagrams. The notebook begins with "Working and Installing Boldiners Crude Oil Engines". At the end of the notebook, the note-keeper turned it over and began a new section titled "Notes on Starting Running and Maintenance of Bon-Accord Paraffin Engine Pumping Set".

Richard Parr

  • RC0547
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1915

The fonds consists of Parr's journal, a bound manuscript, 90 pages in length. The first entry in the first section is 2 Aug. [1914] when he leaves home. The next day he boarded HMS Canopus. The last dated entry is 8 June [1915] which notes orders to proceed to Malta. The next section, titled "Our Food Supply" covers the same time period. The third section contains some reflections on the ship's officers.

Parr, Richard

Humfrey Michell fonds

  • RC0412
  • Arquivo
  • 1914-1948

The fonds consists of a small amount of correspondence, McMaster University examinations, at least one typescript by Michell, as well as printed articles and news clippings. There is also a copy of a photograph "Louis Riel and His Associates [at] Fort Garry"; the copy was made in April 1914. It is annotated by Michell. The fonds is supplemented by publications which have not been catalogued or listed. They are located separately from the fonds.

Michell, Humfrey

Henry Cecil fonds

  • RC0047
  • Arquivo
  • 1915-1976

The first accrual consists of manuscripts of Cecil's books as well as some correspondence.
The second accrual consisting of: manuscripts; student works; published work; audio recordings; dinner lectures and correspondence; lectures, books, short stories, serials, articles, plays, and their correspondence; celebrity correspondence; book publication correspondence; fan mail correspondence; personal correspondence.
The third accrual contains: novels, plays, scripts (manuscripts and typescripts); articles, short stories, book reviews, extracts from novels (manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, tear-sheets, offprints, and news clippings); speeches, untitled and fragmentary writings and news clippings.

Cecil, Henry

Sir John William McNee fonds

  • RC0471
  • Arquivo
  • 1915-1928

The fonds (25-1993) consists of McNee's notes, entitled "Gas Cases" contained in a notebook with the printed title "Army Book 136." The notes are in pencil, 21 pages in length, and cover the period May to July 1917. Also in the fonds are reports of the Chemical Warfare Medical Committee, reports of the Special Investigation Committee on Surgical Shock and Allied Conditions, offprints and pamphlets.

McNee, John William

John Hays fonds

  • RC0473
  • Arquivo
  • 1915-1919

The fonds consists of a portrait of Hays mounted in a memorial plaque with a poem which is written from the point-of-view of his parents. Three medals are also included: the 1914-1915 Star, the British War medal, 1914-1918, and the Victory medal, 1914-1919.

Hays, John

Otto and Ada Hartmann fonds

  • RC0489
  • Arquivo
  • 1915-1917

The fonds consists of 26 letters, dated between March and October 1915 and five postal receipts. It has been arranged in chronological order, the letters in folders numbered 1-26 and the receipts in a separate folder. Four of the letters were sent by Ada Hartmann to her husband, the remainder being sent by Otto to her. His letters reflect various experiences in the war, with many references to his company's movements and activities, to the transportation and work duties of the prisoners, and to the ranks, salaries, uniforms and weapons of the Prussian Army. He also touched on non-military topics, including singing, cigars, and other social matters. Among the people named in his letters were: battalion commander Major [Flienitz?]; Oberstleutnant Kuntzel; Vizefeldwebel Vick; Victor Ansaux, a prisoner at Münster; and the family of Paul Voss. Most often comprising only one folded page, his letters were sent by Feldpost, the postal service of the German Army. The letters from Ada, which were typically longer, often concerned various household purchases, payments into the Militärdienst-Versicherung (military service insurance – see receipts below), and such events as a trip with the children to Hagenbeck Zoo. Both wrote in the Spitzschrift or Kurrentschrift form of handwriting typical of the day, though Ada's writing was more flourished and regular than Otto's. Due to water damage and poor paper quality, the letters and envelopes are extremely brittle and are in places very difficult or impossible to decipher.
Note: Although encapsulated, the letters are still extremely fragile and easily damaged. Researchers are asked to use the photocopies provided wherever possible to avoid further damage.

The five Posteinlieferungsscheinen [postal receipts], are postmarked in Minden and presumably obtained by Ada Hartmann. Each consists of a printed form filled out in ink. Three blue-green receipts were issued for small deposits made in 1916 and 1917 to an account with the Deutsche Militärdienst-Versicherung of the Hanover branch of Berlinische Lebens-Versicherungs-Gesellschaft (Berlin Life Insurance Company). The remaining two receipts were issued for larger amounts sent by postal order in the same period to Gotthard Luch in Homberg an der Ohm, Oberhessen (Upper Hesse).

Hartmann, Otto

Richard Hoken Joyce

  • RC0499
  • Arquivo
  • 1915-1967

He kept a small diary which documents the four years he served. The collection also contains sixty photographs, including formal portraits, unit photographs, aerial photographs, and 38 official Government of Canada photographs with captions added, presumably by Joyce.

Joyce, Richard Hoken

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