Collections and Fonds – 133528

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    Canadian War Records Office [textual record].
    Hierarchical level:
    RG9-III-D, R611-317-7-E.
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    Textual material
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    9 lower level description(s)
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    72.92 m of textual records
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    Scope and content:
    Series consists of records created and/or maintained by the staff of the Canadian War Records Office (CWRO). The records include office files used by the Historical Section of the General Staff in Ottawa, records of the Canadian War Narrative Section, war diaries, and printed material.
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Formed in January 1916 under the direction of Lord Beaverbrook, the Canadian War Records Office (CWRO) was responsible for collecting and compiling historical records of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and publicizing its activities. Its officers in England and France collected the records of Canadian units and formations and the unit war diaries. In addition, they collected data on the exploits of individuals and units in the field which were incorporated in office files.

    The staff produced "The Canadian Daily Record", "Canada in Khaki", "The Canadian War Pictorial", "Canada in Flanders" (written by Lord Beaverbrook) and numerous articles. As well, they arranged exhibitions of war photographs and films produced by staff photographers. The proceeds from the exhibitions went to the Canadian War Memorials Fund which, in turn, financed the work of Canada's war artists.

    CWRO personnel and records formed the nucleus of the Historical Section of the General Staff in Ottawa when the Overseas Military Forces of Canada (OMFC) ceased to exist. RG9 General Inventory
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