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W.A.B. Douglas, Roger Flynn Sarty and Michael J. Whitby collection
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CA ON00093 2000/5
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5.13 m of textual records
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William Alexander Binny Douglas (1929- ) was Senior Historian and Director-General of the Directorate of History, and an author on naval and aviation history. Born in Southern Rhodesia, he was educated in England and Canada, and spent 1940-1943 in Canada as a war guest. He returned to Canada in1947 and attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1951 with a B.A. in Modern History. He also joined the University Naval Training Division in 1947, and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950. After serving on many ships between 1954 and 1964, he was appointed to the Royal Military College in Kingston as the Naval Staff Officer and an Associate Professor in Military Studies. He was posted to Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) in 1967 as an historian on the staff of the Directorate of History, was promoted Commander and appointed Senior Historian in 1970, and was appointed Director of History in 1973. With his M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and Ph.D from Queen's University, Kingston, he has published articles on naval and aviation history in Canada, England and the United States. Douglas retired as Director General in 1994.
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Roger Flynn Sarty (1952-) was the Chief of the Naval History Team at the D-Hist (later renamed the Directorate of History and Heritage), National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), Ottawa from 1988 to 1998. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he received his BA in History in 1975 from the University of Toronto. He continued his graduate and postgraduate studies in History, obtaining his MA from Duke University in 1976 and his Ph. D from the University of Toronto in 1982. A specialist in military history, he is the author of 'The Maritime Defence of Canada', 'Canada and the Battle of the Atlantic' and co-author of 'Tin Pots and Private Ships: Canadian Naval Forces and German Sea Raiders, 1880-1919, 'A Country of Limitations: Canada and the World in 1939', and 'Guardian of the Gulf: Sydney, Cape Breton and the Atlantic Wars'
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Michael Whitby (1954- ) is the Chief of the Naval History Team at the Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), Ottawa, responsible for producing the three-volume Official History of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1867-1968. As well as being co-author of the forthcoming volume on the RCN in the Second World War, he has co-authored two histories on Canada's experience in the European theatre during the Second World War. He has co-edited a technical history of Canadian naval aviation and written several articles on navy history for international journals. Whitby has also served as a speech writer and policy analyst at NDHQ.
The collection was accumulated and remained at the Directorate of History and Heritage
Scope and content
Collection consists of English and French extracts, drafts, manuscripts, comments, administrative documents, maps and photographs related to the editing and publishing process of the book "No Higher Purpose: The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, Volume II Part I: September 1939-April 1943". Fonds is comprised of the following 7 series:
I. Draft copies with comments
II. Administrative documents
III. Navy narratives
IV. Maps and photographs
V. Post War Naval Finding Aid
VI. General Files
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Restrictions on access
File 140A is Secret. The remaining material is Unclassified.
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Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the collection and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.
The following documents regarding W.A.B. Douglas are held in the Kardex Collection:
112.3H1.005 (D24): List of Records on Peacekeeping- Evacuation of UNEF, May 1967 (April 1968)
112.3H1.003 (D54): A narrative entitled “An Historical Background of Maritime Forces 1945 to 31 March, 1969 (n. d.)
Related materiel can be found in the Document Collection under the following headings:
Douglas, W.A.B. (43)
Douglas, W.A.B., Commander. (2)
Douglas, W.A.B., Lieutenant Commander (3)
Douglas, W.A.B., LCDR (2)
Sarty, Roger (18)
Whitby, Michael J. (11)
The following related material can be found in the Document Collection:
99/36: W.A.B. Douglas fonds
95/3: Bill McAndrew, Donald Graves and Michael Whitby collection
Further accruals are expected.
This is a bilingual collection.
The following books were written or co-authored by W.A.B. Douglas, Roger Flynn Sarty or Michael J. Whitby, and are held in the Directorate of History and Heritage Library: W.A.B. Douglas 'Out of Shadows: Canada in the Second World War' 1977 (D 768. 15 D69 1977) 'Gunfire on the Lakes: the Naval War of 1812-1814 on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain' 1977 (FC 442 D68 1977) 'The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force' 1980 (UG 635C30334 vol. 1 (c. 1-3, 2 (c. 1-3)) 'The RCN Transition, 1910-1985' 1988 (FC 231 R69 1988) Roger Flynn Sarty 'Tin Pots and Private Ships: Canadian Naval Forces and German Sea Raiders, 1880-1918' 1990 (FC 231 H33 1990) 'The Maritime Defence of Canada' 1996 (UG 413 S279 1996) 'A Country of Limitations: Canada and the World in 1939' 1996 (D 768.15 C665 1996) 'Canada and the Battle of the Atlantic' 1998 (D 779 C2 S25 1998) 'Guardian of the Gulf: Sydney, Cape Breton, and the Atlantic Wars' 2000 (FC 2349 S93 T45 2000) Michael J. Whitby 'Relentless in Chase: a History of HMCS Iroquois I and II: Comrades in Arms, Relentless in Chase' 1992 (VA 400 M42 1992) 'Normandy 1944: The Canadian Summer' 1994 (D 756.5 N6 M32 1994) 'Liberation: The Canadians in Europe. 1995 (D 768.15 M32 1995)' 'Certified Serviceable: Swordfish to Sea King: the technical Story of Canadian Naval Aviation by Those Who Made it So' 1995 (VG 95 C47 1995)
Originally titled No Higher Purpose: The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, Volume II Part I: September 1939-April 1943.
The 70 computer disks and 1 compact disk have been withdrawn from circulation; researchers must use the textual copies
This is a bilingual fonds.