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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 G. Haydon fonds

  • RC0593
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1922

The fonds consists of letters to his wife and family, official notification of his death, letters from his fellow soldiers to his wife, a notebook with brief entries of the regiment’s movements and lists of soldiers, and photographs. Most of the photographs were taken in Egypt. They include a railway station, encampments, a football pitch and camel transport, as well a photograph of Sgt. Haydon. Also included in the fonds are photographs of Haydon’s brother Ted and his wife’s brother Peter Ryan, both of whom served in the War.

Haydon, William G.

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

United States Army Base Hospital No. 20 collection

  • RC0591
  • Collection
  • 1918-1920

The collection consists of the History of United States Army Base Hospital No. 20 (Philadelphia, 1920): 257 pages with many illustrations; as well as 16 photographs, 1918. The material appears to come from May Grenville of Thorold, Ontario, who served as a nurse with the hospital. There are initial photographs of her at Ellis Island, where the nurses were stationed before setting out for France. It then includes photos of the staff, as well as some of the various personnel Grenville served with in Mobile Surgery units, plus a postcard of the chapel at Chatel-Guyon, where the hospital was. In addition to photos related to the hospital, there are two photos of Canadian soldiers, as well as two photographs of grave markers at Vimy Ridge taken on 22 December 1918. The names on the grave markers are F. Thornton and Charles Grenville, her brother. Finally, there is a small, unidentified photograph of a number of women seated on one side of a sunny room. A number of the photos appear in the book.

United States Army Base Hospital No. 20

Sir John William McNee fonds

  • RC0471
  • Fonds
  • 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

Saarlouis Theatrical Committee fonds

  • RC0552
  • Fonds
  • 1918

The fonds consists of a bound album compiled by E.J. Edward containing a list of all productions, cast lists, written descriptions of the costumes supplemented by watercolour illustrations of the productions, and b&w photographs of the cast in performance. There is also a b&w photograph of the committee in military uniform and a b&w photograph of the orchestra, many who were also members of the committee.

Saarlouis Theatrical Committee

Russell Markland fonds

  • RC0465
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1919

The fonds consists of the book, correspondence concerning the publication of the book and the contract between Markland and the publisher, Erskine Macdonald. The correspondence consists of letters to and from Markland and several of the contributors to the anthology, letters to and from Markland to various newspapers and publishers seeking permission to reprint poems, a letter from the Oxford University Press turning down the anthology, and letters to and from the publisher of the anthology, Erksine MacDonald. There is also some correspondence between Markland and others about Erksine Macdonald after the publication of the book

Markland, Russell

Robert Whyte fonds

  • RC0307
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1925

The fonds consists of the letters he wrote to his wife during the conflict as well as draft chapters and correspondence on the Regimental history.

Whyte, Robert

Richard Parr

  • RC0547
  • Fonds
  • 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

Pigeon Service Message

  • RC0550
  • Item
  • 1918

The message notifies Headquarters, RGA, of a successful attack by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Pelham Webb collection

  • RC0682
  • Collection
  • 1914

The fonds contains poem manuscripts and a single letter. The identity of Mrs. Russell, to whom the single letter in this collection was written and for whom the poems, addressed to "Lydia", were presumably composed, is unknown.

Webb, Arthur Pelham

Paper soldiers and battle scenes collection

  • RC0899
  • Collection
  • c.1890-c.1925

Paper soldiers were a popular children’s entertainment or decoration beginning in the 1700s, rising to a height of popularity in the mid-19th century, before all but dying out after the Second World War. This small collection typifies the range of materials on offer from the late 1800s into the post First World War period from German printers (two of the companies were in Germany, the third was in the Alsace region, which at the time was under the rule of the German Kaiser). Some are printed on heavy card (soldaten auf karton, eg. item 1) while others on thin newsprint. There are examples of a number of styles, including simple cut-outs, others that could be glued together to create three-dimensional landscapes and objects, as well as black and white images for children to colour (eg. item 13). There is also one example of the scheibenbilder (target picture) style (item 16). German is always the first language on the sheets, but many included French and English, and some Italian and Spanish, showing the world-wide market for the material.

The Carl Joseph Scholz company of Mainz (founded 1793 and still in existence as of 2015) has a long history in both the printing industry and paper soldier manufacture. At one point their distribution of toy soldiers went as far East as Russian, and west to Great Britain and North America. The company stayed in the Scholz family at least until the Second World War.

Hohenstein & Lange operated in Berlin from 1876-1906. In 1898 the company became a joint-stock company and the inclusion of Druck und Verlag, Aktiengesellschaft Berliner Luzuspapier-fabrik vorm Hohenstein & Lang on item 11, date it to this later period.

There have been many iterations of Carl Burckardt’s original company, but they all maintained a variation of the name. The paper soldiers in this collection are all printed under the Druck u. Verlag v. C. Burckardt Nacht in Weissenburg (Elsass) imprint, which existed from 1890-1906.

Otto and Ada Hartmann fonds

  • RC0489
  • Fonds
  • 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

Nash's Magazine World War I collection

  • RC0592
  • Collection
  • 1914

This is a collection of fourteen letters, some addressed to the editor of Nash’s magazine, mostly written in August and September 1914, the beginning of World War I. One of the letters begins: “you have asked me for a message of encouragement to your readers in the dark hour of our country’s fortune.” The collection ranges from lengthy letters to a few lines. Literary contributors include Barry Pain, Louis Parker, Mrs. W. Desmond Humphreys, E. Temple Thurston. There are also letters from military figures (Major General Sir Henry Page Croft, Major General Sir Alfred Edward Turner, General Sir George Benjamin Wolseley). Other contributions are from Sir T. Vansittart Bowater, the Lord Mayor of London , the Archbishop of Armagh and the Bishop of Chicester.

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

Military vehicles report

  • RC0488
  • Item
  • 1919

Report, prepared by a Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Army Service Corps stationed in Baghdad, describing the performance and maintenance record of military vehicles in Mesopotamia and Persia. It is dated 20 March 1919 and was sent to A.D.T, M.T, at General Headquarters. It contains a complete and detailed report on the work of this depot from 2 March 1918 to 31 January 1919.Carbon typescript, unsigned, 80 pages, plus tabulated lists, drawings, etc., pp. 81-108, followed by drawings, numbered 1-24, of automotive parts and shops.

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.

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