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War Songs from the first half of the twentieth century collection

  • RC0583
  • Coleção
  • 1898-1944

The focal point of this collection of sheet music is the First World War. These songs do not reflect the idea of war as it is commonly thought of in popular imagination: battlefields, trenches and heroic charges. These songs were not, for the most part, written for the soldiers. Instead, they reflect the daily experience of the Canadians who remained at home during the war and the way people thought about the effect the war was having on their lives and on their country. They do not address changes in society explicitly; instead they go deeper, preserving the visceral responses of Canadians to the war as it was happening. This sheet music offers an intimate picture of the conditions out of which post-war Canada grew.

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

Norman Allatt fonds

  • RC0494
  • Arquivo
  • 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

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

Canadian military photograph collection

  • RC0565
  • Coleção
  • 1916-1918

The collection consists of four photographs:
173th Battalion (Highlanders), Camp Borden, 1916 (oversize)
Mounted Rifles, Eastern Canada, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Hamilton, Ont., 25 January 1916 (oversize)
Lieut. Col. A.B. Carey and officers of the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Belgium 1918
Canadian solider and officer holding unidentified flag.

Canadian 54th Battalion collection

  • RC0579
  • Coleção
  • 1919

The collection consists of 3 b&w group photographs. They are part of a sequence of photographs, numbered in the top left: 71, 73, 77, 54th Canadians. One photograph is labelled on the bottom: 4th Division Football Champions, 1919; a second is labelled 4th Division, Indoor Baseball Champions, 1919; the third is labelled on the top right, Band. Also in the collection is a card issued by the Food Controller of Canada.

Canadian Army. 4th Division, 11th Brigade, 54th Battalion.

J. McQueen Moyes collection

  • RC0658
  • Coleção
  • 1916-1918

This collection consists of:

  1. A poem written and illustrated by Moyes about the Second Battle of Ypres, at Saint Julien, Belgium. [1915].
  2. “Ready for the Trenches. Every man is now equipped with a splinter proof helmet before going to the Trenches.” 13th Can. Batt. Pen and ink illustration. 1916.
  3. “Map showing position of Rest Billets.” A pen and ink map of the area just north of Bailleul and Meteren, France, notes the location of the 13th-16th Battalions. On the back are listed five casualties are listed on the back. [1916?].

Moyes, John McQueen

Douglas U. McGregor fonds

  • RC0729
  • Arquivo
  • [1914]-[196?]

The fonds consists of a letter, photographs and news clippings concerning McGregor's military career; and a photograph and news clippings concerning his younger son, Dr. Douglas Donald McGregor.

McGregor, Douglas U.

James Herbert (Herb) Gibson fonds

  • RC0873
  • Arquivo
  • 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)

Harold Brownlee Stuart fonds

  • RC0098
  • Arquivo
  • 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

Bernard Freeman Trotter fonds

  • RC0141
  • Arquivo
  • 1883-1945

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, a presentation copy of A Canadian Twilight, and printed material, as well as additional material related to Trotter.

Trotter, Bernard Freeman

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.

Agnew family fonds

  • RC0541
  • Arquivo
  • 1912-1919

The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and realia. There are letters from all three sons to their mother and their father as well as letters from their father to their mother, one letter from Donald to Ronald, news clippings and post cards. There are also two b&w photographs of French people and one b&w photograph presumably of Elizabeth Agnew, a handkerchief embroidered with the flags of various nations, a pencil and crayon sketch of a house, and money issued by Germany during its occupation of Belgium.

Agnew, Donald Robert

J.A. Millen fonds

  • RC0568
  • Arquivo
  • 1918-1919

The fonds consists of ten letters written by Millen to his wife, Helen Ethel Millen. The letters outline the day-to-day activities Millen participated in. A letter written in July 1918 comments on the arrival of the "Yankee" troops. A letter written 6 September 1918 provides details of Millen's involvement with the battles along the Hindenburg Line on 2 and 3 September 1918.

Millen, J. A.

Alfred Langsford Robinson fonds

  • RC0574
  • Arquivo
  • 1916-1918

The album contains 191 photographs. Subjects of the photographs include training at the riding school in Ottawa, the troops en route on the Adriatic, and photographs of time spent at Shorncliffe and Crowborough. Some photographs were taken at the Perkins Bull Hospital for Convalescent Canadian Officers and the Shrewsbury Aerodrome AAP. There are also photographs of Ireland, particularly Cork-Killarney.

Robinson, Alfred Langsford

Albert E. Adams fonds

  • RC0585
  • Arquivo
  • 1916-1926

Fonds consists of correspondence with four enclosures and two newspaper clippings. Correspondence amounts to 77 letters by Albert E. Adams to his mother Sarah (Heighes) Adams and one letter to his sister Elsie Adams. Enclosures consist of British propaganda literature to be dropped over German lines, two humourous military publications by Pte. W. Silk, and a battalion Christmas card, in which are listed all officers of the 134th Battalion, including Adams. One newspaper clipping concerns his death, taken from the Toronto Star of 8 October 1918. The other clipping, from an unknown source dated 26 August 1926, concerns the battle of Arras-Cambrai, in which Adams died.

Adams, Albert Ernest

Mrs. Bromley collection

  • RC0595
  • Coleção
  • 1916-1917

The collection consists of the letter to Mrs. Bromley and well as two photgraphs of presumably Canadian troops. One is a postcard photograph. The other is identified as "C sub-section, A.S.C. Section, G.H.Q., 3rd Echelon" and was taken in Rouen, France in September 1916. On the verso of the photograph are signatures of the soldiers -- some of them have very small pasted photographs beside their signatures.

Bromley, Mrs.

19th Battalion scrapbook

  • RC0835
  • Item
  • 1915-1964

The scrapbook contains approximately 55 black and white photos (approximately half are originals, the others are good quality reproductions), 3 colour photographs, news clippings, maps, and other material related to the Battalion.

19th Battalion (Central, Ontario), Canadian Expeditionary Force

Herbert Stuart Finn maps

  • RC0659
  • Coleção
  • 1916-1918

The collection consists of maps from the First World War.

Finn, Herbert Stuart

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

  • RC0566
  • Coleção
  • 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

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