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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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