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Sydney Wise fonds Series English
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RCAF chapter briefings

The series consists of documentation that outlines the planning, research, and development of Wise's work on RCAF history. These records include the chapter briefings for his book Canadian Airmen and the First World War: Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The series also documents Professor Wise's trips to the US Military History Institute and his interest in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign 1862.

Sydney Wise was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1943-1945), and Director, Directorate of History, National Defence (1966-1973). Using this knowledge and military experience, Wise has authored numerous articles and books about the history of the RCAF and military history of Canada. Publications include the five editions of Men In Arms: A History of the Interrelationships of Warfare and Western Society, Stoia sociale della guerra, Canadian Airmen and the First World War: Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, The Valour and the Horror Revisited, and numerous articles on the same topic.

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.

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.

Book reviews, articles, etc.

The series consists of a collection of book reviews, papers, and articles, written by S.F. Wise. The series illustrates his career as both an author and editor.

To date there have been thirteen books and over forty articles written by Sydney Wise. He has also edited numerous academic articles, books, and journals.

Historical associations, societies, and boards

The series consists of records created by Professor Wise as he participated in various associations, societies, and boards. The bulk of the series pertains to his involvement in The Canadian Historical Association (CHA), the Ontario Historical Society (OHA), Archeological and Historic Sites Board, and the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada. This series also documents Sydney Wise's induction into the Order of Canada (1989-1990).

Sydney Wise has been involved in various societies, boards, and associations throughout his career. His participation in such groups varied from general membership, to executive, vice president, president, chair, or council member.

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.

RCAF history

The series consists of research drafts, Men in Arms lecture notes, research materials, and RCAF documents. These records were used in the preparation and writing of both Men in Arms: A History of the Interrelationships of Warfare and Western Society and Canadian Airmen and the First World War: Official History of RCAF.

Sydney Wise was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1943-1945), and Director, Directorate of History, National Defence (1966-1973). Using this knowledge and military experience, Wise has authored numerous articles and books about the history of the RCAF and military history of Canada. Publications include the five editions of Men in Arms: A History of the Interrelationships of Warfare and Western Society, Storia sociale della guerra, Canadian Airmen and the First World War: Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, The Valour and the Horror revisited, and numerous articles on the same topic.

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.

New Democratic Party

The series consists of records created while S.F. Wise was involved in the Kingston NDP. Included are records that he collected as a general member, possible candidate, and member of several party committees.

Sydney Wise began his membership with the New Democratic Party in Kingston, Ontario.

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.

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