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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Division records

This sub-series consists of war diaries that Sydney Wise had separated by division. The war diaries look at divisions 1 through 4. The war diaries consist of in-depth information such as, location, date, hour and a summary of events and information. Another component of the divisional records is the summary of intelligence as well as operating orders. The summary of intelligence looks at such military aspects as, attitude of the enemy, artillery, trench mortars, machine gun and rifle fire, patrols, sniping, enemy movement, enemy defence and aircraft.

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