Collection 2015/10 - Isabel Campbell collection

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Isabel Campbell collection

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CA ON00093 2015/10

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  • 1939-2015 (Creation)
    Campbell, Isabel

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1.6 m in textual records (Boxes 1-8)
2 microfiche: 15 x 10.5 cm

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Isabel Campbell is a naval and military historian at the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). As the former chief archivist of DHH, she has published articles and book chapters on access to information, archival descriptive standards, the North Atlantic alliance, Canada's post-war navy, Canada's post-war army, and defence policy. Completing a doctorate at Laval in 2000, she became a co-author on the official history of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1945 to 1968. Following publication of her monograph Unlikely Diplomats, The Canadian brigade in Germany 1951 to 1964, she began work of the official post war history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Her interests include the Cold War, the North Atlantic alliance, personnel policy, military family life, the Canadian Arctic, international relations, and Canada's foreign and defence policies.

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The fonds consists of documents that were used by Isabel Campbell for her research for her book, Unlikely Diplomats. The Canadian Brigade in Germany, 1951-64. The majority of the files are duplicates from numerous archives and government departments, books and articles. There are 11 series:

  1. Erich Reichel Material
  2. Court Martial records from the Judge Advocate General Office
  3. Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH) Collection
  4. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Documents
  5. Miscellaneous Archival Documents
  6. Chapters and Articles in Published Books
  7. Articles, Papers and Drafts
  8. List of Books and Documents for Further Research
  9. Documents Presented to an Event
  10. Interviews
  11. Miscellaneous Files

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Collection received 29 May 2015 from Isabel Campbell of the Directorate of History and Heritage.


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  • English

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Classified files are stored in Box 8.

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room of the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). Electronic copies are also available.

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• This published work is an original account of the evolution of the Canadian Army – from a small training cadre to a truly national force – offering a new perspective on military policy and diplomacy in the Cold War era. In 1951, Canada sent troops to western Europe to support its NATO allies. The brigade helped Canada establish its international status. In private, however, Canadian officials and military leaders expressed grave doubts about NATO’s strategies and operational plans. Despite these reservations, they sent military families overseas and implemented personnel policies that permanently changed the distribution of the defence budget and the character of the Canadian Army.

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The microfiche can be found in Series 5 Box 6 File 12.

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The majority of the files are in English, but there is some in French and German.

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