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Second World War, 1939-1945
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Judith Robinson fonds

  • RC0918
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1961, predominantly 1928-1961

Fonds consists of Judith Robinson’s correspondence; clippings of her newspaper writings; drafts, notes, and research files; working records of NEWS; personal material; petitions and other material related to the Christie Street Hospital campaign; manuscripts and writing related to her books, published and unpublished; and manuscripts and writing by her friends sent to her for editing.

Robinson, Judith

Antony Fenwick (Tony) Pickard fonds

  • RC0904
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1971

The fonds consists of documents and photographs mostly related to Pickard’s Naval service during the Second World War and into the early 1960s.

Pickard, Antony Fenwick

Henry Eugene (Hank) Novak fonds

  • RC0894
  • Fonds
  • 1944-1945

The fonds consists of 9 letters and telegrams from Hank to his parents in Hamilton while he was in the RCAF, 1944-45; 4 letters from “Mrs. Murray” to Hank’s mother (Mrs. Murray was a Scottish relative of Hank’s Canadian fiancée, Jean Gilchrist, whom Hank visited while on leave), 1944-45; 4 letters from Betty Pearson (WAAF, RCAF, Bedfordshire, England) to Hank’s mother, 1945; and 9 letters and cards from various officials and individuals to Hank’s parents after Hank was reported missing in action. Also includes a photograph of one of Hank’s crewmates (Leslie Payne), and related documents.

Novak, Henry Eugene (Hank)

Jessie Joselin fonds

  • RC0893
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1946

The fonds consists of letters of thanks to Mrs. Joselin from British and French families who received donations of clothing, and letters to Joselin from her friend, Bettina (‘Bun’) Somers.

Joselin, Jessie Sarah

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

Robert Dorsey fonds

  • RC0890
  • Fonds
  • [192-]-2002

The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, maps, clippings, and other printed material pertaining to Dorsey’s life, military service and involvement in WWII.

Dorsey, Robert Edmund

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.

Stuart Ivison fonds

  • RC0881
  • Fonds
  • 1941-2006

The archives consists of correspondence and other material related to Stuart Ivison’s service during the war. He wrote home to his wife regularly, and often letters to his children, which comprise the bulk of the collection. There are also letters from his wife and other correspondents. Additionally, there is material from a scrapbook put together by Ivison of highlight from the war. Many of the occasions are mentioned in the oral history found in Box 2, File 25.

Ivison, H.E. Stuart

Richard Hoff fonds

  • RC0865
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1995

The fonds consists of documents concerning the life of Richard Hoff in German and English. There are also family history documents, materials documenting the history of Breslau, and some issues of the “Freie Deutsche Jugend” [Free German Youth]. The fonds is arranged into seven series: Historical Hoff Family Documents; Life of Richard Hoff; Visa for Brazil; Refuge in England; Internment Camp Life in Canada; Genealogical Notes and Charts; Breslau History and Memorabilia.

Hoff, Richard

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.

World War, 1939-1945, Underground Resistance collection – Netherlands

  • RC0845
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

Collection consists of books (1942-1945; 38 items in French, 3 items in Dutch); newspapers (4 titles; 1942, 1944); and other material (2 items) produced by or relating to the underground resistance in the Netherlands during the Second World War. Most of the documents are in French, while some are in Dutch.

World War, 1939-1945, Underground Resistance collection - Italy

  • RC0844
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

To date, the collection consists of one item only, the newspaper La Voce De La Patria: Giornale Clandestino dei soldati italiani intelligent, February, 1945. This newspaper was also used as safe conduct for soldiers joining the partisans or the Allies.

World War, 1939-1945, Underground Resistance collection – France

  • RC0843
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

Collection consists of newspapers and periodicals (114 titles, ca. 400 issues); broadsides (33 items); leaflets (341 items); and books and pamphlets (84 items) and other documents (27 items) produced by or relating to the underground resistance in France during the Second World War. Also included are related materials: ephemera from the pre-War and “Phony War” periods (15 items); Free French and other foreign publications (43 items); items related to the liberation of Paris (8 items) and to the period immediately after the liberation (45 items); autograph letters and manuscripts (20 items); and books inscribed by their authors (60 items). Most of the documents are in French, while some are in German or Yiddish.

World War, 1939-1945, Underground Resistance collection – Belgium

  • RC0842
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

Collection consists of newspapers (85 titles, ca. 400 issues); broadsides (97 items); leaflets (130 items); and publications (30 items) produced by or relating to the underground resistance in Belgium during the Second World War. Most of the documents are in French, while some are in Flemish or German.

World War, 1939-1945, Propaganda Collection: Air Dropped and Shelled Leaflets and Periodicals.

  • RC0841
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

Collection consists of over 1,000 air dropped and shelled leaflets and periodicals created and disseminated during the Second World War. The majority of items in this collection were printed by the Allies then air or container dropped, or fired by artillery shell over German occupied territory. Many leaflets and periodicals have original publication codes and were printed in over 10 languages. Only shelled leaflets, Germans to Allies (115 items), are in English.

World War, 1939-1945 poster collection

  • RC0840
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

This collection contains posters issued by Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The posters have been numbered sequentially with prefixes of A, C, B, and U. Facsimiles and duplicates are noted in the finding aid. Subject matter varies: recruitment, Victory Bonds, activities on the Home Front to aid and protect the troops, gas attacks and bombs, ARP. Although this is mainly a collection of posters, there is one photograph (C24) and one calendar (C21).

World War, 1939-1945, Jewish Underground Resistance

  • RC0839
  • Collection
  • [1939-1945]

Collection consists of original documents collected by David Diamant over a period of approximately 30 years dealing primarily with the Jewish segment of the French underground resistance; many of the documents originate with communist groups, and some deal with Polish groups. Most of the documents are in French, while some are in Yiddish.

World War, 1939-1945, Group Photographs

  • RC0838
  • Collection
  • 1943-1945

This is a small collection of posed group photographs of military and civilian units, the majority of which are mounted on board and list the individuals in each photograph.

Hungarian World War II moving images

  • RC0825
  • Item
  • 194-

The original film is b&w, 14 minutes long, with no sound. It depicts Budapest, Hungary before during and after World War II. It focuses on the charitable activities of the Roman Catholic church, in particular that of Cardinal Mindszenty. The film has been converted to a VHS video cassette.

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

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