Collection GVI - RCAF Ground Vehicle Inventory Collection

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RCAF Ground Vehicle Inventory Collection

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CA ON00420 GVI

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  • 1940-1971 (Creation)

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91 linear cm of graphic material and textual records (ca. 1260 photographs, 440 documents)

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Custodial history

Material seems to have been part of the National Aeronautical Collection (RCAF) prior to its formal transfer to the National Museum of Science and Technology in 1968. The RCAF Ground Vehicle Inventory Collection was likely transferred to the Library at some point after 1988. The Library transferred the material to the Archives in 2017.

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Collection consists of photographs and textual records created by the RCAF in the process of inventorying its fleet of ground vehicles. The technical data sheets provide detailed descriptions of the make, model and specifications of the required parts for each vehicle, including engines, tires, and batteries. Additional equipment requirements are also noted on the sheets. The photographs show the different vehicles from 3/4 view of left and right sides. The vehicles are grouped by function (e.g. snow
removal, medical, tow trucks etc.) with each vehicle type having its own code within that class of vehicle and different models further coded (e.g. L20-D57-1705 - where L represents the function, 20 the number of variation, D57 the type and 1705 the specific vehicle model). Files were originally housed in binders but have now been moved to folders and boxed, each group being arranged alphabetically based on the original binder titles.

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Some of the documents copied on photo-static paper need to be scanned as they are fading, and the paper has become damaged in some cases.

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Written by Sian Jones, 2018-05-22. Draft French translation, Adele Torrance 2018-06. French editing by Céline Mongeau, Larocque Linguistic Services.

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