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John Edward (Jack) de Hart fonds

  • RC0069
  • Fonds
  • 1935-1985

The fonds mainly consists of albums of photographs. The photographs include his Coronation trip, military (including Korea), the Alaska Highway, his involvement with the St. John Ambulance, Prince Richard (Duke of Gloucester) and Governor-General Jeanne Sauve. There are also some printed materials, some of which concern the Wright family. There is one letter.

De Hart, John Edward (Jack)

Allan Burgess Dove fonds

  • RC0333
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1945

The fonds, which relates to Dove’s activities during World War II as Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Engineers, consists of mine detection reports, technical drawings, photographs, inventory of machinery, and correspondence concerning war risks insurance.

Dove, Allan B.

Leslie McFarlane fonds

  • RC0335
  • Fonds
  • 1889-2005

The archive consists of material related to his writing, including scripts, manuscripts, essays, and other material. Of note is his first published essay from 1918. There are extensive diaries from 1929-1951, including detailed accounts of the Great Depression and the Second World War. There is also correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other published material.

McFarlane, Leslie

Gordon Griffith fonds

  • RC0355
  • Fonds
  • 1942-2009

The fonds consists of Griffith’s in-flight navigator’s reports of bombing raids over German targets, detailing height, speed, temperature, instrument checks, unusual incidents, bomb release time, course flown, special instructions, and observations, and corresponding course maps. Fifty-two of the maps included in this fonds are World War II Bomber Charts, namely Topographical Maps, Lattice Topographical Maps, Radar Plotting Charts, Plotting Series Maps, Aeronautical Maps, and Canadian Air Navigation Charts. There are also three notebooks.

The fonds also contains an air force uniform (Pilot Officer jacket, trousers, felt “long johns,” two Royal Air Force “blue shirts.”); Griffith’s shoulder boards and air force and officer hats; 5 navigation protractors (3 of which are handmade); various patch badges including air force, army and naval items; and sample plexiglass from an aircraft window; a sample of airframe; field wound dressing (unused); and a sewing kit, for buttons, badges, and repairs.

There is also biographical information about Griffith and his crew (including the correspondence to Kennedy from Bath and an article from McLean's Magazine, September 2009 describing Operation Gisela); Leave Guide for London (a YMCA brochure), an issue of Time and Tide: Independent Non-Party dated 14 April 1945; 7 annotated photographs of the Halifax III and its crew, a Crew Roster for the 76th Squadron RAF for the week ending 22 December 1944.

Griffith, Gordon

Hutcheson family fonds

  • RC0476
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1945

The fonds consists of: five Canadian military medals in original boxes with ribbons, including the Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-1945, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Star, and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; 15 other medals and pins (the Atlantic Star, the 1939-1945 Star (2), two War Medals 1939-45, two 1939-1945 Canada Voluntary, RAF wings, two inscribed white cross pins, the France and Germany Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, maple leaf, and Navy bracelet (inscribed R. Bazett Hutcheson); Royal Canadian Navy black double breasted “Undress Coat” with eight gilt buttons, with rank insignia of Lieutenant Commander; 45audio disc (vinyl), 78 rpm, being “a message to some nice people” by Eric [Harry Hutcheson]”, 9-6-42 [9 June 1942]; framed b&w photograph of Sub-Lieutenant R. B. Hutcheson, R.C.N.V.R., July 1941, by Chimo of Halifax, Nova Scotia; two framed pencil drawings of Eric Harry Hutcheson by Debenham Gould, Bournemouth.

Hutcheson family

Nancy B. Kennedy-Reid fonds

  • RC0492
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1971

The fonds consists of three scrapbooks containing among other things: mimeographs of daily orders, and nominal rolls; photographs, including wounded soldiers after the Dieppe raid, hospitals, British countryside scenes, and Italian scenes including the Amalfi coast and Rome letters and cards newsletters, newspapers, including The Maple Leaf and The Red Patch and news clippings, programs, invitations, realia, including medals, identification bracelet, and a piece of shrapnel.

Kennedy-Reid, Nancy B.

H.C. Hass photograph album

  • RC0493
  • Pièce
  • 1942-1943

The album contains photographs belonging to Flight Officer H.C. Hass, RCAF, at Air Observer School #8, Ancienne Lorette, Quebec in 1942-1943. Typically at an AOS, trainees took a 12-week course on aerial photography, reconnaissance, and air navigation, which included 60 to 70 hours of practical experience in the air. The album illustrates Norwegian trainees, New Zealand and Czech liaison officers, wings ceremonies, mess scenes, the hockey team, buildings, planes, as well as scenes in Quebec City. In addition there are photographs of the Quebec Conference in August 1943, including Winston Churchill, Mackenzie King and others; also two photographs of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands making presentations. The album measures 28 x 40 cm and contains 18 leaves with approximately 126 photographs. Most photographs are 8 x 11 cm but some are as large as 25 x 21 cm.

British Commonwealth Air Training Program

Second World War Realia

  • RC0590
  • Collection
  • 1943

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

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

Alfred Beverly Brewer fonds

  • RC0387
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1940

The fonds consists of photographs, post-card letters, and printed documents, relating to his military career. Batteries included in this fonds are: 79th Field Battery, 27th and 51st Anti-Tank Battery, 90th Battery, also the 6th Field BDE, and Troops A and C.

Brewer, Alfred Beverley

Sidney Aster fonds

  • RC0536
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2009

The collection consists primarily of correspondence and research materials chiefly relating to the development, publication, and promotion of Aster’s published work. Also included are a number of Aster’s short publications, housed with the archival material described here, and his personal library, which is housed with our rare book holdings.

Aster, Sidney

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

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

James F. Westhead fonds

  • RC0100
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1946

The fonds contains letters and cards written to Westhead while he was overseas. The letters are from Westhead’s wife, Maud Westhead, his brother, George Herbert (“Herb”) Westhead, his father, George Westhead, his mother, and his sister, May Brown, all written from 878 Windermere Ave., Toronto Ontario. Some letters from Maud are written from the Lakeshore Hotel in Picton, Ontario. Other correspondents include Art and Ethel Clarke, of Toronto, and other friends and family members. The fonds also contains photographs – four of Maud and two of Westhead’s nephew, Douglas Brown, one of which includes Herb Westhead.

Westhead, James F.

George Stephen Vickers fonds

  • RC0158
  • Fonds
  • 1912-[2011]

The fonds consists primarily of Stephen’s correspondence with Elizabeth. There are a few letters from her to him and additional letters with other correspondents. There is also some of his and Elizabeth's academic research and writing, as well as documents from their lives. There is a useful biography of key people written by Daniel Vickers that will provide context for the documents. The fonds is arranged in three series: correspondence; writings; and other documents.

Vickers, George Stephen

McDaniel family

  • RC0332
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1945

The fonds primarily consists of correspondence between the family during the Second World War.

McDaniel Family

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

J.D.C. McTavish fonds

  • RC0402
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1946

The fonds consists of correspondence, as well as some printed materials including souvenirs and news clippings.

McTavish, John D.C.

Charles Bridges fonds

  • RC0403
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1945

The problem with this collection of photographs is that two entirely different looking men are indentified as being Charles Bridges. One Bridges (A) is photographed with a bomb and given the rank of Major although the caption indicates doubt about this. The other man (B) is in the uniform of the RCE and is identified as a Captain whose first name is given only as “C”, presumably for Charles. However, the photograph is stamped on the back “Mond Nickel Co. Ltd”, a company that merged with INCO in 1929, a decade before the war began. There are several matches to Bridges (B) in the photograph collection made by the archivist There are only two matches to (A). It is not possible to match the three non-military photographs to either man. The album of negatives contains the information (presumably in the seller’s handwriting) that Bridges was at a bomb defusing school in Horsham, England from Nov. 1940 to May 1942.

The photographs were by compiled by an unknown individual who captioned the album “Major Charles Bridges, RCE, 148 WWII Photos. English bomb school & with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Holland.” The complier placed a photograph of Bridges (A) on the cover. Most of the photographs are not captioned. A few of the photographs are identified as being taken in Holland; one was noted as Box Hill (England); another was captioned as Taplow Hospital, i.e. the Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow, Berks. The captions are done in different hands. Only two of the war photographs are dated, one 1944, the other 1945. Some are stamped as being printed in Appledoorn, Holland. The pictures depict bombs, military camps and vehicles, nurses and hospitals, ships including the Empress of Britain, a garden party, and a parade. The album of negatives contains an index by Bridges of what was photographed in Surrey, Hampshire and Somerset from 1940 to 1942. The index begins with huts at 4 C.C.S. in Dorking in Oct. 1940. Also included are B Company at Box Hill, Whiteley Camp, Bramshott, Porlock Moors, D Company Officers’ Quarters, Captain Curry (adjutant), Major MacClintock, Colonel and Mrs. Henshaw, Easter Sunday Services at Wentworth, Canadian Corps Field Punishment Camp, Park Lane in London, Nurse Terry Healy at Box Hill, some German bombs, Horsham Bomb Disposal (B.D.) school, demolitions at Epsom, Charles Bridges, Jo Bridges (wife of Charles Bridges) and Captain Bates, among many others. The handwriting of the index matches the caption on the Box Hill photograph in the album which contains an image of Bridges (B).

Bridges, Charles

Harold Troper fonds

  • RC0505
  • Fonds
  • 1978-1981

The fonds consists of taped interviews conducted by Professors Troper and Abella in the conduct of their research for None is Too Many. Eight audio cassettes record Troper’s comments on archival documents located in New York and London. Also included is a microfilm reel from the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society archives.

Troper, Harold Martin

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