John Armistead Wilson fonds [textual record, graphic material]
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John Armistead Wilson fonds [textual record, graphic material]Hierarchical level:FondsDate:1915-1950.Reference:R5764-0-2-E, MG30-E243Type of material:Textual material, PhotographsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:102592Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsFonds includes:25 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1915-1950.Place of creation:No place, unknown, or undeterminedExtent:1.90 m of textual records.
422 photographs b&w.Language of material:EnglishScope and content:Fonds consists of general correspondence concerning the development of aviation in Canada, 1915-1917; specific correspondence with significant figures in Canadian, British and American aviation, 1920-1942; general memoranda relating primarily to civil aviation, 1920-1941; specific memoranda on the Air Board, the Canadian Geographical Society, the R.C.A.F., trans-Atlantic air services, the Trans-Canada Airway and various air conferences, 1919-1946; articles, speeches and papers by Wilson and others, 1926-1947; miscellaneous and personal items, 1921-1952; press clippings, 1927.
The fonds also contains photographs depicting aspects of the development of the R.C.A.F., civil, government, and commercial aviation in Canada, as reflected in the career of Wilson; the Hudson Strait Expedition; and Trans-Canada Airlines, 1919-1959.Provenance:Biography/Administrative history:Wilson, John Armistead, 1879-1954 : John Armistead Wilson (1879-1954) was born 2 November in Broughty Ferry, Scotland. At age 16, he became apprenticed to the engineering firm of James Carmichael and Sons at Dundee, Scotland. He qualified as an engineer in 1901, and emigrated to Canada in 1905. After a period of employment as an engineer in private business, he was in 1910 appointed Director of Stores and Contracts in the newly formed Department of Naval Services; in 1918, he became Assistant Deputy Minister of Naval Service with special direction of the organization of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service. Through most of the inter-war period, Wilson was the central figure in federal control of civil aviation. As a member of the Air Board from 1919 and as its secretary from 1920 to 1922, he was in charge of overseeing the development of civil aviation and of regulating all commercial air enterprises. In 1923 Wilson became secretary and assistant director of the Canadian Air Force; when the civil and military function of aeronautics were administratively separated in 1927, he became controller of civil aviation. Wilson was responsible for the survey and construction of a Trans-Canada air route from Halifax to Vancouver. In 1941 he was appointed Director of Air Services, responsible for directing civil aviation, radio aviation and meteorological services. Wilson was a key figure in the development of other airlines and flying clubs and in the development of a national airfiled system. He retired in 1945. Wilson was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He died 10 October, and was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973. See: Canadian Encyclopedia, p. 1946; and Canadian Who's Who 1948, p. 1003.Finding aid:Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a file list, with descriptive explanatory notes in various places. MSS0484 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000001534.pdfPhotographs (Paper) See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number". FA-500 (Restrictions not set)(Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90: Open)
http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_102592(Electronic) Les documents décrits ont été complètement ou en partie numérisés et sont disponibles à l'adresse suivante : (90: Open)
http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_102592?usrlang=frAdditional information:General Note:Received in 1976 from John Tuzo Wilson of Toronto, Ont.Availability of other formats note:The following materials in this collection are also available on microfilm: general correspondence, 1915-1947, see reels C-10779 to C-10781; specific correspondence, 1920-1942, see reels C-10781 to C-10782; general memoranda, 1920-1941, see reels C-10782 to C-10783; specific memoranda, 1919-1946, see reels C-10783 to C-10787; and articles, speeches and papers by Wilson and others, 1926-1947, see reel C-10787.Subject heading:
- Engineers - Canada, 1879-1954 Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force, 1915-1947
- Civil servants - Canada, 1879-1954 Empire Airship Program, 1915-1947
- Aeronautics - Canada, 1879-1954 Air Board, 1915-1947
- Aeronautics - Great Britain, 1915-1947 Canadian Geographical Society, 1919-1946
- Aeronautics - United States, 1915-1947 Trans-Canada Airways, 1919-1946
Textual records: The originals for volumes 1-17 have been withdrawn and researchers must consult microfilm reels C-10779 to C-10787.
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