Fonds COTC - Canadian Officers' Training Corps fonds

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Canadian Officers' Training Corps fonds

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  • 1949-1969 (Creation)
    Canadian Officers' Training Corps

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  • 0.3 m of textual records
  • 228 photographs

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The Canadian Officers' Training Corps began November 1, 1912 and was based on the British pattern which was formed in 1908 to provide trained officers for use in national emergencies. The first contingent authorized in Canada was at McGill University.

The Carleton College Contingent of the Canadian Officers' Training Corps began February 25th, 1949. It was redesignated Carleton University Contingent June 28th, 1957 and disbanded May 31st, 1968. The COTC originally occupied three rooms on the second floor of the Student's Union Building of Carleton College from 1949-1951 and then moved to the fourth floor of the 1st Avenue Campus building, 1951-1959.

The Commanding Officers for the Carleton Contingent were:
Maj. Mayne, J.W. (1949-1951);
Maj. Kesterton, W.H. (1951-1956);
Maj. Holmes, J.M. (1956-1968)
Capt. Birchall (1960-1961)

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Fonds was transferred to the Archives from the Library Archives and Special Collections.

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Fonds consists of two series. Series one, Administrative records, contains Part 1 and Part 2 Orders and lists of members. Series two, Ephemera, contains three bound volumes (scrapbooks) containing documents, newspaper articles and photographs relating to the the Carleton College and Carleton University Contingent of the Canadian Officers' Training Corps; the series also contains Officers' Mess guest book.

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