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Sydney Wise fonds

  • WISE
  • Fonds
  • 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

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.

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.

Canadian Corps research

The sub-series contains correspondence and war diaries primarily. Research collected from Sir Douglas Haig's diary, Du Cane memos as well as selections from the Bean and Monash collections. Rawlinson's diaries are also used.

Pre-December 1917

The sub-series consists of background information on World War I that Sydney Wise had collected. Included are articles, bibliographies, e-mail correspondence and groups and Internet articles relating to World War I. There are also clipped articles from original Military Affairs journals contained within this sub-series.

Archival research

The sub-series consists of a mixture of military documents regarding the Australian and Canadian armies. The sub-series also includes researched collected from the John Monash diary.

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.

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.

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.

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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