Fonds 75/117 - Robert A. Logan fonds

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Robert A. Logan fonds

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CA ON00093 75/117

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  • Photocopied [197-?] (Reproduction)
  • 1915-1976, predominant 1920-1923 (Creation)

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13 cm of textual records
89 photographs : b&w; 15.5 x 11.5 cm or smaller

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Robert Archibald Logan (1872- ) was a surveyor and author. He began surveying in 1910 and received his Dominion Land surveyors certificate in 1914. During the First World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He accompanied the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1922 to investigate conditions effecting aircraft in the Arctic Islands. He later served with the U.S. army as a surveying officer reporting on landing fields in many parts of the world. An expert in the Cree language, he published a Cree-English dictionary and Remarks on the Cree Language, in 1964; The book of Kapawamit, in 1968; Things to Think About, in 1982 and The Golden Talisman & The Experimenters, in 1983.

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Fonds consists of material documenting Robert A. Logan's activities with the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1922 to investigate conditions effecting aircraft in the Arctic Islands. Includes correspondence re Logan's aerial photography training and aerial navigation training, the early history of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the First World War operations, arctic flying and sovereignty questions in 1922. There is are various documents about the RCAF Ground Instructional Section and Photographic Section during the early 1920s.

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The immediate source of acquisition is unknown.


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  • English

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Original photographs are with Robert A. Logan.

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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 are available in the Document Collection:
[74/414] Report of investigations on aviation in the Arctic Archipelago carried out during the summer of 1922
[76/200] Report of Canadian observer attached to American survey expedition to Greenland spring of 1941. Includes description of an attack on the Bismarck, which occurred within sight of the expedition's cutters.
There is also an uncatalogued biographical file under BIOG L.
There is a Robert Archibald Logan fonds at the National Archives of Canada consisting of 40.3 cm of textual records and 114 b&w photographs. The reference numbers are: NEW - R5025-0-3-E; FORMER - MG30-B68. Includes a report, correspondence, and published material, manuscripts and reports. There is also an accession of the fonds under R5025-0-3-E.

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Original photographs are with Robert A. Logan.

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Some of the files were artificially arranged by DHH. Prints made from the original Logan negatives (n.d.).

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Originally titled R.A. Logan Papers

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