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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, 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, German Concentration Camps and Prisons collection

  • RC0583
  • Collection
  • 1939-1945

Collection consists of items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II. Most of the collection consists of letters written or received by prisoners, but also includes receipts for parcels, money orders and personal effects; paper currency; and realia, including Star of David badges that Jews were forced to wear.

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

Eric Aldwinckle collection

  • RC0385
  • Collection
  • 1943-1945

The collection (18-2001) consists of correspondence mainly from Aldwinckle to Somers, poetry, pen and ink sketches and drawings, and one water-colour.

Aldwinckle, Eric

Blanche and Edward Frappier fonds

  • RC0099
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1946

The fonds largely consists of letters written by Edward to Blanche Frappier while Edward served at the HMCS Cornwallis, HMCS Stadacona, and HMCS Scotian shore-based training facilities in Nova Scotia. Letters were also written during Edward’s service on the HMCS Kenogami and the HMCS Glace Bay. These letters are addressed to Blanche while she resided in the Trinity Barracks in Long Branch, Ontario. There is one letter to Edward from Blanche, 26 July 1945.

Frappier, Blanche

Franklin Charles Zurbrigg fonds

  • RC0611
  • Fonds
  • [194-]-1951

The fonds consists of two notebooks kept by F.C. Zurbrigg – one on meteorology and the other on bombing. There is also a b&w photograph of Zurbrigg with his plane, a Hudson aircraft, and an invitation from McMaster University to the unveiling of a memorial tablet in Alumni Hall bearing the names of all members of the University who were killed in World War II.

Zurbrigg, Franklin Charles

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

Pathfinder Squadron Log Book

  • RC0606
  • Pièce
  • 1941-1944

This log book covers Douglas Cameron's period of active service over the European continent (Berlin, Cherbourg, Guernsey, Nuremberg, Genoa, Turin and elsewhere) -- a total of 325 flying hours in daylight and 271 hours at night. Two sorties recorded in the log resulted in the awarding of Victoria Crosses, to Rawdon H. Middleton and Sergeant Bazalgette.

Cameron, Douglas

Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division collection

  • RC0777
  • Collection
  • 1944-1945

The collection contains photographs taken at the Prince of Wales Barracks, Kingsway and the W.D. Barracks in Edmonton; an aircraft display, Edmonton Station, May 1945 (B24 Liberator, Super Fortress, Flying Fortress); and the visit to Edmonton by Princess Alice, Honorary Air Commander of the Women’s Division, and her husband, the Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of Canada, 3 May 1945 (the photographs do not show the couple). There are other photographs of the Gremlins Basketball Team, 1944-45 and aircraft and personnel at Jasper, Alberta. There are also photographs of St. George’s Island Zoo, Calgary; Vancouver, B.C.; as well as weddings and other gatherings. Found loose with the album are photographs of an unidentified parade, a formal group military photograph and other photographs and news clippings.

Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division

Rolf, Serviceman

  • RC0588
  • Collection
  • 1946

This small collection consists of two long and detailed letters, and 34 photographs. The letters are written by an American serviceman to his mother relating what he has seen at Buchenwald following the war and during one of the trials at Nuremburg. He is only identified by his first name, Rolf. The photographs document the state of the places he was travelling: downed aircraft, troop movements, the countryside etc. In his letter about Buchenwald he references specific photographs, but these were not included as part of the archive.

Rolf, United States Serviceman

Trenton Air Station hospital collection

  • RC0792
  • Collection
  • 1942

The album was compiled by someone stationed at Trenton, presumably a nurse, because the b&w photographs are predominantly of nurses on and off duty. There are two group photographs both taken on 9 July 1942 of hospital staff – one contains men in military uniform only, the other of men in military uniform and women in nursing uniforms. Only two album pages contain captions: one is of nursing orderlies, the other of “one hot night in June 1942 on the back porch”. All of the photographs were taken at Trenton except for a photograph of two nurses at Emerald Lake Chalet in the Canadian Rockies. There is one photograph of all personnel on the parade ground – possibly for a BCATP graduation ceremony.

Trenton Air Station Hospital

Second World War collection

  • RC0331
  • Collection
  • 1935-2005

The collection consists of typescripts, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, reports, sheet music, printed materials (Canada, Britain, Australia and the United States) and uncatalogued pamphlets (some in German) pertaining mainly to Britain's participation in World War II. The collection is supplemented by books which have been catalogued for Archives and Research Collections, including a full set of the British Official History of the War, unit and regimental histories, biographies and autobiographies, and volumes on the various battles and operations of the British forces. There is also a poster collection which contains one photograph (#C24).

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

Military collection

  • RC0380
  • Collection
  • 1863-1973

There have been three accruals. The first accrual consists mainly of World War I and II materials, although there are materials from the American Civil War and Vietnam. It includes Christmas cards, postcards, letters, pamphlets, photographs, and periodicals. Although mainly Canadian and British, other nationalities are represented. The second accrual consists of a few World War I and II items, 3 pennants, a swagger stick, a print and other items, including NORAD materials and photographs. The third accrual consists of photographs, advertising in support of the military, cards and other printed materials, and realia, all from the twentieth century. The fourth accrual is menu in the style of a fan for the Queen's Own Rifles 1912 dinner.

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, 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.

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

From the Jewish ghetto in Otwock, Poland collection

  • RC0612
  • Collection
  • 1939-[1948]

The collection consists of correspondence received by H.D. Schwartz (also David and Eva Schwartz) in Brooklyn, New York from family members and acquaintances (Syma Grzebieniarz, D. Segal, R. Szware) in Otwock, Poland. Many of the post cards are self-addressed by H.D. Schwartz. Schwartz was apparently arranging for the immigration of family members from Poland to the United States, and Syma informed him of her activities in this respect. Several cards are stamped Judenrat der Stadt Otwock (and the Polish equivalent).

The correspondence relates to the health of the family members and the writers’ connection to children and family, urging loved ones to keep in touch through letters. Reference is made to Josek and Sara, Syma’s children, who live far away in Luck (under Russian control) and with whom Syma cannot communicate directly. One of the pieces of correspondence seems to be by Sara. It is to “brother” and “sister in law”, probably of Brooklyn. Sara informs them about having a baby. The baby is also a topic in Syma’s correspondence.

Written in Yiddish, the last piece of correspondence is a long letter (dated 20 March [1948]) about the unknown writer’s experiences as he and his family tried to flee and save their lives. It, too, touches on health-related matters, conditions in the ghetto, people and neighbours who were killed by the Germans, the constant threat of being shot, locating people who are lost, and attempts to escape the ghetto to a safer place.

Jewish Ghetto in Otwock, Poland collection

Fredrick William Vickers fonds

  • RC0159
  • Fonds
  • 1942-[2011]

The fonds consists primarily of Fred’s correspondence to Margaret and his parents. Additionally, there are a number of photographs taken while he served, and documents from his life. As well, there are a number of highly detailed maps first from his training and then from the war. The fonds consists of four series: correspondence; photographs, military service and miscellaneous; and maps.

Vickers, Fredrick William

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