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Fonds F0022 - Daniel G. Dancocks Fonds

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Daniel G. Dancocks Fonds


  • 1945, 1980-1992 (Creation)

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18 boxes containing:
2.8 m of textual records
156 audio cassettes
2 mini cassettes
ca. 300 photographs
ca. 100 colour negatives
6 x 8” floppy disks
20 x 5.25” floppy disks
1 monograph

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Biographical history

Daniel Dancocks was a native of Calgary and a graduate of the University of Alberta. After a career in journalism, Dancocks turned to writing full length works and produced seven, much lauded, books on the subject of Canadian military history including, In Enemy Hands: Canadian Prisoners of War, 1939-45; Sir Arthur Currie: A Biography; Legacy of Valour: the Canadians at Passchendaele; Spearhead to Victory: Canada and the Great War; Gallant Canadians: The Story of the Tenth Canadian Infantry Battalion, 1914-1919; Welcome to Flanders Fields: the First Canadian Battle of the Great War; Ypres, 1915; and The D-Day Dodgers: the Canadian in Italy, 1943-1945 (short-listed for the Alberta Literary Award).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of the family of Daniel G. Dancocks, 1991.

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Scope and content

The Daniel G. Dancocks fonds consists predominantly of Dancocks's working records created and accumulated in the writing of his seven books. The fonds is divided into 4 series:
1. Works
2. Audio Interviews
3. Correspondence
4. Miscellaneous Photographs and Records

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Fonds were processed once in 2009 and reprocessed in 2015.
Box 2009.114, from the early archivist’s box numbering system, was merged with 2009.113 when the collection was reprocessed in July 2015

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English

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Further files related to Gallant Canadians are held by the archives of the Calgary Highlanders under the collection title, "Material Gallant Canadians by D G Dancocks".

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Fonds level image by Sir William Orpen, taken from the dust jacket of Sir Arthur Currie: A Biography. (McClelland and Stewart, 1985).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Fonds processed by Alan H. MacDonald in 2009. Reprocessed by Jason Nisenson in 2015.




Archivist's note

This AtoM record was created by Jason Nisenson, July 2015.

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  • Shelf: EW 9-3-1