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Sydney Wise fonds
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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.

Carleton courses

The series includes course and lecture notes used by S.F. Wise for the history courses he taught at Carleton University. Included are the research notes used by Wise to create his course lectures. Also included are subject files.

Professor Sydney Wise began teaching at Carleton University, Department of History in 1973. He taught courses such as Introductory Canadian History (1973-1978), Maritime Provinces (1975-1976), Canadian Social History (1975-1977), Canadian Historiography (1977-1978) and a graduate course entitled Canadian Intellectual History (1968-1978). He remained teaching until he became Director, Institute of Canadian Studies (1978).

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.

Sports history

This series consists primarily of research material, including numerous biographies, collected by Sydney Wise, as well as draft copies of manuscript chapters for a history of sport written by Professor Wise and Douglas Fisher. Correspondence with the publisher is also included.

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.

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.

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.

Chronology

The sub-series consists of war diaries collected between 1915-1918. Instead of being sorted by division, Wise had organized them in chronological order.

Sydney Wise fonds

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  • 1914-2007

The fonds consists of 17 series that document the academic life and interests of Sydney Wise. The series include: Academic Notes (1946-1959); Queen's University (1955-1966); New Democratic Party (1961-1965); Sports History (1972-1974); Book Reviews, Articles, etc. (1957-1974); Carleton Courses (1967-1978); RCAF Chapter Briefings (1963-1987); RCAF History (1914-1991); Historical Associations, Societies and Boards (1965-1995); Committees (1971-1995); Carleton Committees and Speaking Engagements (1976-1995); Recommendations, Appraisals and Criticisms (1966-1995); Graduate Studies and Advising (1967-1990); The Long Vacation (1914-1918); Video Collection (1992-2002); Miscellaneous (1986-2007); and Personal Files (1953-1995). The series files have been arranged according to the series numbers (where available) designated by Professor Wise's office secretary in the Directorate of History Department of National Defence. When these numbers are not present the files have been arranged chronologically.

Wise, Sydney

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