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First World War, 1914-1918
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Betty M. B. Houghton fonds

  • RC0555
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915.

The fonds consists of two albums containing short accounts by soldiers at the hospital of their war-time experiences, as well as poems and addresses.

Houghton, Betty M. B.

Adrian Grant Duff fonds

  • RC0197
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1987

The fonds consists of original materials (and many holograph copies) created by Adrian Grant Duff and others, as well as research notes and extracts /of original materials created by his daughter, Shiela.

Grant Duff, Adrian

James Herbert (Herb) Gibson fonds

  • RC0873
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1919

The fonds consists of letters starting just prior to Gibson’s enlistment to his return to Canada, as well as pocket diaries for the years he served and some military documents.

Gibson, James Herbert (Herb)

Evans family collection

  • RC0901
  • Collection
  • 1914-1945

The collection consists mainly of correspondence between family members and close friends during the First World War, as well as some military documents and photographs.

Evans family

Bruce Doherty fonds

  • RC0586
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1926

The fonds consists of 53 black and white photographs and photographic postcards, most showing World War I aircraft. Many have messages or annotations on the reverse side. They have been organized into five groupings: those showing Bruce Doherty, those identified as Toronto, those identified as Texas, those showing airmen and aircraft, and others (includes one Christmas card).

Doherty, Bruce

Myers Coplans collection

  • RC0515
  • Collection
  • 1914-1921

This collection consists of water supply maps, notes, and plans detailing his work supplying good drinking and disposing of waste water generated by the army. Included are diagrams for building water chlorination/filtration systems in the field, detailed maps, and other notes.

Coplans, Myers

Caiger family fonds

  • RC0384
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1947

There are two series. The first series consists of letters P.T. Caiger wrote to Annie Wells (later his wife), 1907-1918; 1916-1918 predominant. The second series consists of letters Eric Caiger wrote to his parents, 1939-1947. There are also a few letters to him from his parents and others.

Caiger family

John Gilbert Browne fonds

  • RC0395
  • Fonds
  • 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

Vera Brittain fonds

  • RC0103
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1970

The fonds consists of manuscripts, correspondence, journals, published material, photographs, and other material. It also includes materials related to her brother, Edward, as well as other family members. Please see the note on arrangement for a more detailed listing of the contents.

Brittain, Vera

Michel Brisebois collection of World War I leaflets

  • RC0399
  • Collection
  • 1915-1918

The collection consists of leaflets, postcards and bookmarks dropped by airplane and balloon by the French, British and Germans on France, Belgium and Germany during World War I. References to their listings in Klaus Kirchner’s Flugblatt-Propaganda is provided in the finding aid. Some of the leaflets are quite rare. The collection also contained some periodicals. Both La Lettre du soldat à ceux du pays envahi and Lettres à tous le Français have been removed and catalogued for Archives and Research Collections periodical collection. Issues of one periodical, La Libre Belgique, remain with this collection as Archives and Research Collections periodical collection already has a full run.

Edmund Blunden collection

  • RC0692
  • Collection
  • 1920-1968

There have been a number of accruals which have been combined for the purposes of description. The collection has been arranged into three series: manuscripts, correspondence, and other. It is supplemented by his books, mainly first editions, which have been catalogued for Research Collections.

Blunden, Edmund

Gerald Blake fonds

  • RC0542
  • Fonds
  • 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

Norman Allatt fonds

  • RC0494
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1920

The first accrual consists of the following items: trench maps, picket diaries, paybooks, notebooks, postcards, photographs and other items.The second accrual consists of two commemorative items: a certificate of recognition and commemorative photo of Allatt in a 35th Battalion mount.

Allatt, Norman

Harold Brownlee Stuart fonds

  • RC0098
  • Fonds
  • 1915-2003

The fonds consists of military and personal documents, photographs, news clippings and other materials from his time in the First and Second World Wars as well as some material from the interwar and post-war years.

Stuart, Harold Brownlee

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

  • RC0566
  • Collection
  • 1917

The photographs have been pasted into a scrapbook. Some of the subject matter of the photographs is as follows: dugouts at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and other locations, wounded soldiers being assisted, Trump-Line, Maple Leaf Concert Party, athletic events including a horse show, baseball, track and field, boxing, tug-of-war, General Currie, Little Theatre in London, and Khaki University of Canada (London Branch).

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

World War, 1914-1918 trench map and aerial photograph collection

  • RC0306
  • Collection
  • 1914-1918

The collection consists of trench maps and aerial photographs created during the First World War. The majority of the maps were created by the British Ordnance Survey for the Allied forces, although a few German, French and other maps purchased privately by officers exist within the collection. As the collection is almost exclusively made up of British mapping, coverage is limited to the British sector of the Western Front extending from the English Channel in the north to the vicinity of Reims in the south.

The aerial photographs were produced by the [British] Royal Flying Corps (renamed Royal Air Force when it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1918). However, a few French and German examples exist within the collection. Approximately 350 photographs in the collection have hand annotations ranging from simple circles indicating the location of important features on the recto to full, textual descriptions on the verso. Approximately 90 additional photographs are mounted in an Album acquired from the University of Alberta.

World War, 1914-1918 poster collection

  • RC0830
  • Collection
  • 1913-1921

The collection consists of posters issued by the following British organizations: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London; Parliamentary War Savings Committee; National War Savings Committee; Joint Labour Recruiting Committee; Ministry of National Service; Navy; Imperial Maritime League; City of London; and Blue Cross fund. The collection also contains posters issued by the governments of Canada (includes Canadian Victory Bonds), France, United States and Germany. There are a large number of posters from Louvain, Belgium. There are also several posters issued by the German occupying forces in France and Belgium and the British occupying forces in Germany.

World War, 1914-1918 collection

  • RC0309
  • Collection
  • 1761-1968

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, post cards, maps, manuscripts, typescripts, orders and other official documents, diagrams, programmes, souvenirs, song-sheets, artwork, leaflets, sound recordings and moving images, and printed materials.

Williams family fonds

  • RC0183
  • Fonds
  • 1835-1930

The fonds contains correspondences and other material belonging to various members of the Williams Family. Further detail in description of the 'System of arrangement'.

Williams Family

William Windridge collection

  • RC0548
  • Collection
  • 1918-2004

The collection consists of Windridge’s war medals and various military and civilian pins and badges, various service records and discharge papers and a couple of photographs. Included is a matchbox, with a holder made by Windridge with a small Scottie dog figurine, which must have been a good luck charm for him. There is also correspondence mostly from Windridge and his wife to his daughter during the period of the Second World War.

Windridge, William Eric

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