Canadian War Records Office photographic collection [graphic material]

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    4,336 photographs : b&w.
    3 albums (1,113 photographs).
    4,847 photographs : glass negatives.
    1,765 photographs : diacitate negatives.
    1,503 photographs : interpositives.
    1 scrapbook (newspaper clippings)
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    This photographic collection was created and assembled by the Canadian War Records Office (CWRO), under the leadership of Sir William Maxwell Aitken, later Lord Beaverbrook, to document Canada's military efforts during the First World War. It is the most complete photographic record of military activities of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Europe, and also contains material added by the CWRO to enhance this record to include activities in Canada and CEF operations, 1914-1915, in the period before the creation of the CWRO.
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    Custodial history:
    This material was created or assembled by the Canadian War Records Office based in London, England, from 1916-1919, before being transferred in May, 1919 to the Department of Militia and Defence in Ottawa. The material remained with the Department of National Defence until transferred to the Public Archives in 1963.
    Related control no.:
    1963-078 NPC
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    Other accession no.:
    1964-114 NPC
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