Fonds 91/490 - Directorate of Naval Information fonds

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Directorate of Naval Information fonds

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CA ON00093 91/490

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  • Photocopied [19-] (originally created 1940-1967) (Creation)

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2.3 m of textual records
13 photographs: b&w; 25.5 x 20.5 cm or smaller

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At the beginning of the Second World War in 1940, the Naval Information Division was headed by the Controller of Naval Information, which worked under the supervision of the Directorate of Plans Division, Naval Services Headquarters, Ottawa. The duties of Division, were: the collection and censorship of information for the Press, maintenance of Historical Record of Naval Activities, and liaison with the other Dominion Government Censorship organizations. On 1 July 1942 Naval Information (N Inf) Section, headed by Naval Information Officer, came under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Naval Intelligence (DNI), Naval Services Headquarters, Ottawa. After the war, it became 'Directorate of Naval Information', an organization formed within the Naval Headquarters, Dept. of National Defence. In 1965, it became 'Directorate of Information Services', which existed as a separate Naval Service organization until the integration process at Canadian Forces Headquarters had been completed by the end of the year.

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Fonds contains files dealing mainly with military defence, naval policy, nuclear submarines, submarine warfare, naval life and conditions during the Second World War, as well as documents dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are eight series: Fonds is comprised of the following series:
I: Press clippings collected during the Second World (1940-1946)
II: Post-1945 publicity files
III: Unorganized press clippings (1942-1955)
IV: Statistical personnel reports (1942-1945)
V: Exercise Fallex 62 (1962)
VI: The Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct-Nov 1962)
VII: Various naval speeches, addresses, press conferences, and newspaper clippings (1957-1960)
VIII. Captain William Strange Papers (Director of Naval Information): Speeches and Related Materials (1942-1967)

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Series I-IV were transferred in 1991 from an unknown source. Series V-VI of the fonds were possibly transferred from the Naval Kardex collection or from the Naval Historian during 1962-1963. Series VII of the fonds was transferred from an unknown source in 1973. Series VIII was transferred from the Maritime Command Museum on 9 August 1988.

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  • English

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Files 8.12 and 8.13 in Series VIII are Confidential. The remaining files are unclassified.

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Finding aids

Copies of the finding aid are located 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 can be found in the Document Collection:
[72/320] - Manning of new ships. 7 Feb - 2 May 1962.
[72/322] - Supplementary radio stations (SUPRAD). 22 Apr 1960 - 17 Feb 1964.
[72/545] - [Release of information on RCN oceanographic stations and SOSUS.] 3 May 1954 - 14 Sep 1965.
[72/838] - Press releases concerning the opening of the Royal Canadian Naval Colleeg at Hatley Park, B.C. 7 Aug - 16 Dec 1941.
[73/711] - Suggested answers to press inquiries re: the St. Laurent class destroyer conversion programme. 5 Aug 1961 - 6 Sep 1963.
[73/812] - HMCS Provider. [1962-1964].
[73/813] - Oberon negotiations. Messages and draft press releases re purchase of Oberon class submarines. [1962-1964].
[73/814] - Submarine building; proposals, correspondence. [1958-1963]. [SECRET]
[73/894] - Crowsnest policy file. 8 Jun 1948 - 24 Jun 1965.
[73/901] - Shearwater; videotapes of Churchill’s funeral. 3-15 Feb 1965.
[73/982] - Queen Victoria’s Royal Barge. Jun 1960.
[73/1094] - [Naval cyclic system]. 24 Oct - 30 Dec 1964.
[73/1132] - Soviet trawlers. 2 Jun 1958 - 3 Apr 1963.
[73/1140] - [Visit of Soviet ships to Halifax, Nova Scotia.] 27 Feb - 22 Apr 1963.
[73/1146] - Press information file and suggested responsesto media questions. 27 Oct 1960 - 1963.
[76/246] - [RCN ship replacement programme; general purpose frigates and Oberon class submarines]. 3 Feb 1962 - 30 May 1963.
[86/44] - [Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.] 1 Jan 1942 - 22 Apr 1943.

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No further accruals expected.

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The clippings in Series I are arranged by subjects according to the original M.I. (Military Intelligence) I filing system. Documents in Series II are filed under the Royal Canadian Navy central registry file number 1880-170/, Publicity and Advertising - RCN - "R" Division. All other files are arranged chronologically.

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The clippings in Series I are arranged by subjects according to the original M.I. (Military Intelligence) I filing system. Documents in Series II are filed under the Royal Canadian Navy central registry file number 1880-170/, Publicity and Advertising - RCN - "R" Division. All other files are arranged chronologically.

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