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Sydney Wise fonds Series
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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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