Collection 2010/1 - Michael J. Whitby, Isabel Campbell, Jason Delaney and Donald Graves collection

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Michael J. Whitby, Isabel Campbell, Jason Delaney and Donald Graves collection

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CA ON00093 2010/1

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  • Photocopied 2002-2010 (originally created 1945-1964) (Creation)

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1.8 m of textual records (9 boxes)

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Donald Graves (1949- ) is an internationally recognized expert on the War of 1812 and has written four books on that conflict. He was an Historian with the Dept. of National Defence Directorate of History. He has also written, co-written or edited more than a dozen books and served as an historical consultant for the War of 1812 segment of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Millenium History series televised in 2000. In 1999 Graves was thedirector of Ensign Heritage, a company specializing in heritage consulting and travel.

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Isabel Campbell is a naval and military historian at the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). As the former chief archivist of DHH, she has published articles and book chapters on access to information, archival descriptive standards, the North Atlantic alliance, Canada's post-war navy, Canada's post-war army, and defence policy. Completing a doctorate at Laval in 2000, she became a co-author on the official history of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1945 to 1968. Following publication of her monograph Unlikely Diplomats, The Canadian brigade in Germany 1951 to 1964, she began work of the official post war history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Her interests include the Cold War, the North Atlantic alliance, personnel policy, military family life, the Canadian Arctic, international relations, and Canada's foreign and defence policies.

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Lieutenant(N) Jason Delaney is a staff historian who worked with the naval history team on volume III of the official history of the RCN, 1945-68. He is a reserve Maritime Surface and Sub-surface (MARS) officer on active duty with DHH and holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo (1999). His research has covered various topics including procurement projects, Canadian maritime forces involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the controversial period in the 1960s when all three armed services were merged during unification. He has published in the Canadian Naval Review and presented conference papers on subjects ranging from submarine and aircraft acquisition to the RCN’s Arctic operations.

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Michael Whitby (1954- ) is the Chief of the Naval History Team at the Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), Ottawa, responsible for producing the three-volume Official History of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1867-1968. As well as being co-author of the forthcoming volume on the RCN in the Second World War, he has co-authored two histories on Canada's experience in the European theatre during the Second World War. He has co-edited a technical history of Canadian naval aviation and written several articles on navy history for international journals. Whitby has also served as a speech writer and policy analyst at NDHQ.

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Collection consists of material collected, selected and used by the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH) Naval History Team in the writing of the official history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) (Volume 3). The records pertain to the activities of the RCN after the Second World War to the early 1960s. Includes photocopies of the Dept. of National Defence RG 24 records at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). There is 1 series:

  1. Photocopies of Library and Archives Canada RG 24 Records

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Series 1 was received from Isabel Campbell of the DHH Naval History Team in 2011.


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  • English

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    Top Secret records are stored in boxes 6-7 and are kept in the Vault. Secret and Confidential records are stored in boxes 8-9 and are kept in the Classified Storage Area. Unclassified records are stored in boxes 1-5.

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    Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room of the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). Electronic copies are also available.

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