Collection 2017/5 - Royal Canadian Air Force Historical Section 181 Kardex Collection

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Royal Canadian Air Force Historical Section 181 Kardex Collection

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CA ON00093 2017/5

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  • 1941-1970 (Creation)
    Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force. Historical Section

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23.6 m of textual records (118 boxes)

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The Royal Canadian Air Force Historical Section was created after the Second World War and was small, with a maximum of five people on staff. The staff contributed to the RCAF magazine Roundel, and answered inquiries. When the three services unified in 1968, the RCAF Historical Section became part of the new Directorate of History under Colonel Charles P. Stacey, the former head of the Canadian Army Historical Section.

Custodial history

The collection was compiled during 1946 to 1968 by the RCAF Historical Section staff.

Scope and content

Collection consists of materials documenting the activities of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1946 to the 1960s. It mostly includes documents on Home War Establishment, Overseas War Establishment, Post Second World War Establishment and other units the RCAF, National Defence and the United States military. The collection is divided in 4 Record Groups:

• Record Group 1: Home War Establishment
• Record Group 2: Overseas War Establishment
• Record Group 3: Post Second World War Establishment
• Record Group 4: Other Units

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  • English

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Vol. 2 of file no. 181.009 (D3598) is classified. All other records are unclassified.

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Finding aids

Copies of the finding aid are located in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

The Kardex Collection includes operational and administrative files of Air Force Overseas Headquarters in London, UK during the Second World War. There are also post Second World War records. They are filed according to the Directorate Kardex classification system under the reference number 181. The Collection was closed to new acquisitions in 1971.

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Not all the files in the collection are included in 2017/15.

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All files covering the Second World War and earlier were transferred to Library and Archives Canada in 1983-1984 and in 2016-2017.

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• Vol. 2 of file no. 181.009 (D3598) is classified.

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