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Frank T. Davies fonds

  • CA ON00419 DAV
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1992, 2015

Fonds consists of biographical material on Davies; his personal correspondence, scientific articles, notes, reports and talks; his journals and trip notebooks 1928-1980 and college notebooks. Articles, scientific notebooks and reports by Davies and others relating to the Byrd Antarctic Expedition of 1928-1930 plus material on American Antarctic research in the 1970s. Davies’ articles, notebooks and reports on the Second Polar Year Expedition to Chesterfield Inlet NWT of 1932-1933. Davies’ correspondence, notebooks and procedures relating to his work for the Carnegie Institution 1931-1940, including his work as as director of the observatory in Huancayo, Peru. Articles, reports, publications by Davies and others relating to the Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment 1943-1970 relating to research in the Arctic, radio communication, the Canadian research satellites Alouette I (launched 1962) and Alouette II (launched 1965). Reference material related to Davies’ fields of interest. Individual photos and albums relating to Davies, the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, the Second International Polar Year expedition to Chesterfield Inlet, social activities at DRTE etc. There is also a series of records that Davies compiled while planning to write his history of DRTE, as well as a series consisting of 4 objects. The fonds is arranged in 10 series.

Davies, Frank Thomas, 1904-1981

History of the Communications Research Telecommunications Centre Project

After retirement, Davies began a project to write a history of the CRC. He died before finishing the project and the documents were kept by the CRC Library and then in the office of radio scientist Jack Belrose. The material was described and digitized by the Friends of CRC. Series consists reports, type-written documents, hand-drawn ionospheric drawings, posters and photographs. It also contains three DVDs with digital surrogates of most of the originals. The originals are arranged in the order that the Friends of the CRC noted in its inventory.