Fonds 71/237 - Canadian Officers' Training Corps University of Ottawa Contingent fonds

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Canadian Officers' Training Corps University of Ottawa Contingent fonds

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CA ON00093 71/237

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  • 1942-1968 (Creation)

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3 cm of texual records

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In the fall of 1939, the University of Ottawa administration approved the creation of the Canadian Officers' Training Corps, University of Ottawa Contingent comprising a company, headquarters and three platoons. The following year the contingent was authorized to become a battalion. Within a year the unit swelled to 550 men. In 1942 an Officers' Training Corps for the air force was created, and the next year another for the navy. While students were not obligated to go off to war before the end of their studies, training in one of the corps was mandatory for all those aged 18 and up. Over a thousand UofOttawa alumni enrolled in the military during the Second World War, of which 50 died overseas. The unit was eventually disbanded during the unification of the Armed Forces in 1968.

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Fonds consists of various administrative documents from the Ottawa Contingent, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. It includes various documents on the creation of the unit badges, inspection reports, minutes of meetings of the Commanding Officers for the University of Ottawa Tri Service Units, pamphlets, plans and correspondence regarding balls and public events, documents on unit reduction and disbandment, etc.

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Fonds received 21 May 1971 from the Canadian Officers' Training Corps University of Ottawa Contingent.


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  • англійська

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The following related material can be found in the Kardex collection:
325.009 (D394): Corresp re dress of Univ of Ottawa Contingent, COTC, d/Mar 40/Jun 46. (K-10-2-ll)
325.009 (D443): Corresp, Instrs, orders, re org & admin or Ottawa U Contingent COTC d/5 Feb 41/ 19 Jul 43. (K-10-2-1 (Vol. 2)
The following associated material can be found at Library and Archives Canada:
RG24-C-1-c (Box 2451): Equipment & Stores - Ottawa University Contingent – COTC, 1956-1961.
RG24-C-1-c (Microfilm roll C-4985): Inspection reports by Inspectors General - University of Ottawa Contingent, Canadian Officers Training Corps, 1941, 1943, 1945
RG24-C-1-c (Box 211): Organization & Administration - Ottawa University Contingent, COTC, 1939-1963.

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No further accruals are expected.

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