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Sydney Wise fonds Series
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Academic notes

The series consists of academic notes taken by S.F. Wise as a student (1946-1959). These records encompass both his undergraduate and graduate studies.

Sydney Wise attended several universities as a student; the University of Toronto (1949-1950), Queen's University (1953), and the University of Chicago (1953) and Chicago University (1954) for graduate courses.

Committees

The series consists of records created by and accumulated by Sydney Wise while participating in various committee. The majority of the series includes documentation on the activities of the Ontario Heritage Foundation (OHF), and its Historical and Archaeological Committees. The records of the OHF document administrative activities, Board/Executive minutes, conferences, and events. The series also contains records of other committees such as the Hamilton and Scourge Technical Committee, Conservation Review Board, Ottawa Teacher's College, and the Provincial Affairs Committee.

Professor Wise has participated in numerous organizations during his years as a scholar. One such organization has been The Ontario Heritage Foundation and its various committees; Trust Committee, Building Conservation Committee, Historical Committee, and Archaeology Committee.

Carleton committees and speaking engagements

The series consists of records created by Sydney Wise while participating in committees and speaking engagements at Carleton University. About half of the records document Wise's work in Carleton's Institute of Canadian Studies. The rest of the records document his involvement in other groups; The Carleton University Press, Search Committee for Chancellor, Carleton Library Board, and the Honorary Degree Committee.

Sydney Wise was at Carleton University for twenty-three years as a Professor of History, Director of Canadian Studies, and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Recommendations, appraisals, and criticisms

The series consists of recommendations made by Sydney Wise for various students and colleagues. Many of these files highlight his consulting work appraising and evaluating educational institutions.

Graduate studies and advising

The series consists of administrative records of Carleton University Graduate Programs, fellowships, and committees. Many of the files pertain to students to whom S.F. Wise was a thesis advisor.

Sydney Wise was the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, from 1981-1990.

The Long vacation

The series consists of a number of sub-series. These sub-series include division records, pre-December 1917, chronology, archival research, and Canada corps research.

Sydney Wise had complied research regarding the Canadian World War I effort between 1917-1918. The research has been brought together in such a way that is focused around Canadian involvement in the Battle of Amiens and the "Hundred Day Offensive". Sydney Wise compiled this research through trips to the Australian War Memorial Museum, the Australian National Library and the National Archives of Canada.

Video Collection

This series consists of military videos that Sydney Wise had collected between 1992-2002. The series also contains an interview with S. Wise on the Rogers Community channel.

Miscellaneous

This series contains a photograph, bibliographies and subject files, a portion of a Quebec National Assembly report (1991): Les enjeus de la réforme caustitutionnelle (Charles Taylor); as well as an account of the life and career of Sydney Wise.

Personal Files

This series consists of written records and photographs created and accumulated by Prof. Wise in the course of his career at Carleton University, as well as his time in the Canadian government and military. It includes personal and professional correspondence; project and committee research and conference documentation; drafts and reviews of his publications and various specialized series proposals; theses documentation and correspondence related to his role as an advisor; texts of addresses and other papers and speeches; transcripts of CBC Air Series interviews; and other office correspondence related to his many academic activities and research, including lecture notes, and search committee documentation and correspondence.

Queen's University

Series consists of records created while teaching various history courses at Queen's University. Most of these courses were taught at the undergraduate level. The series also includes a compilation of records from various organizations and committees that Mr. Wise belonged to and/or participated in during his time at Queen's.

Sydney Wise began teaching at Queen's University as a Lecturer in the History Department (1955), became an Assistant Professor of History (1957-1961), Associate Professor of History (1961-1964), and became a full Professor in 1964. He remained teaching at Queen's University until 1966. Some of the courses he taught at Queen's University include: Introduction to Canadian History (1955-1966), Tudor Stuart History (1955-1959), British Empire Commonwealth (1957-1959), United States 1776-1950 (1957-1960), Canadian External Relations (1959-1961), Canadian Political Parties (1959-1960), Canadian Economic and Social History (1961-1966), and a Graduate course entitled, Canadian Intellectual History (1963-1966).
Mr. Wise was very involved in several committees and organizations. Most of his participation centred around university committees but include groups of academic interest such as the United Nations Association.

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