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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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