Fonds 2002/8 - Canadian War Museum fonds

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Canadian War Museum fonds

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CA ON00093 2002/8

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  • Transcribed 2002-2003 (originally created 2001-2003) (Creation)

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12 cm of textual records

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The Canadian War Museum was established in 1880. However, with its collection in storage from 1897 to 1942, the Museum formally began its existence in Ottawa's War Trophies Building during the Second World War. It became a division of the National Museum of Canada in 1958, is now a division of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and is housed in the former building of the Public Archives of Canada.

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Fonds consists of transcripts of interviews documenting the Canadian War Museum's oral history project on post-war (1945-1970) Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) carrier operations. The project provides a unique insight into RCN naval aviation in the post-war period. Also includes synopsis sheets of all interviews. The following people were interviewed:
Admiral John R. Anderson
Lieutenant-Commander John M. Arnold
Lieutenant-Commander Gaston Bruneau
Commodore Peter Charlton
Rear-Admiral William Christie
Mr. Donald Glenn Cook
Rear-Admiral Gordon Edwards
Chief Petty Officer I Leonard (Bud) Flanagan
Captain (N) James Brant Fotheringham
Commander John Frank
Captain (N) Fred Frewer
Vice-Admiral Gary Garnett
Colonel J. Edward Gibbon
Lieutenant Colonel Herbert G. Harzan
The Reverend Bill Howie
Rear-Admiral Richard Leir
Mr. Keith McEwen
Mr. Richard Meadows
Commander Gordon S. Moyer
Lieutenant-Commander William D. Munro
Colonel John Orr
Rear-Admiral H.T. Porter
Rear-Admiral Tim Porter
Captain(N) Harry (Hew) Richardson
Commander Sheldon Rowell
Mr. Joseph Sosnkowski
Lieutenant-Commander Stuart E. Soward
Colonel David Tate
Lieutenant-Commander J. Patrick Whitby

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Fonds acquired from the Canadian War Museum in April 2002 and August 2003.


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  • English

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One file (Rear Admiral H.T. Porter) is unclassified. The remaining files are Protected "A".

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

The material may be used for the Directorate of History and Heritage's purposes at any time.
Requests for use by third party agencies should be referred to the Canadian War Museum which will grant access in accordance with existing guidelines.
All legal releases for the interviews are kept at the Canadian War Museum, the agency to which the interviewees and interviewers have assigned rights.

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A copy of the finding aid can be found in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

Associated materials

The following related records are available in the Document Collection:
[73/740] [Handbooks held by Canadian War Museum on Canadian military aircraft 1920-1968.]. N.d.
[76/103] [D-Day air activity, tasking and order of battle, RAF and RCAF; Directorate of History research for the Canadian War Museum in support of the D-Day diorama.] 16-17 Jul 1968.
[79/44] “Chronology of Canadian military aviation, [August 1883 to April 1974], by H.A. Halliday (Canadian War Museum; Mercury series, paper no. 6). 1975.
[79/45] “From boxkite to jet; the memoirs of an aeronautical engineer”, by E.W. Stedman (Canadian War Museum; Mercury series, paper no. 1). Aug 1972.
[79/46] “Air Board, Canadian Air Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force,” by F.H. Hitchins (Canadian War Museum; Mercury series, paper no. 2). Aug 1972.
[79/64] The Leslie collection, by Bernard Pothier and Roddick Grant. (Canadian War Museum; Mercury series, paper no. 5). 1975.
[89/285] General guide to the archival holdings of the Canadian War Museum, by Richard Pothier. 1989.
[89/469] Inventory of selected collections of personal papers. (CLSN 58 GR A series 1) in the Archives of the Canadian War Museum. 1987.
[90/66] Une exposition d’objets militaries polonaise au Musée de Guerre du Canada, mai-juin 1973. / An exhibition of Polish military relics at the Canadian War Museum, May-June 1973.
[93/274] “For services rendered.” A photocopied transcript by H.A. Halliday. Study paper prepared for the Exhibition Committee, Canadian war Museum, Aug 1993.

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No further accruals are expected.

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The originals are held at the Canadian War Museum.

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The 4 computer disks have been withdrawn from circulation; researchers must use the textual copies. 41 cassette tapes were transferred to the Canadian War Museum in 2004.

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The 4 computer disks have been withdrawn from circulation; researchers must use the textual copies.

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41 cassette tapes were transferred to the Canadian War Museum in 2004.

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