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Collection C0090 - Joseph R. Schmitz's Military collection

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Joseph R. Schmitz's Military collection


  • 1865-1975 (Creation)

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16 cm of textual records. -- 121 photographs

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Biographical history

Joseph R. Schmitz, 1919-ca. 1985, served in the Queen's Own Rifles, attaining the rank of captain. From 1965 to 1967 he was head of the Military History Department at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary and from 1967 to 1973 was head of the Extension Department. He was president of the Calgary Citizens' Centennial Committee assembled to celebrate Canada's centennial in 1967, and in 1974 was appointed executive director of Century Calgary. He was also president of the Chinook Country Chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta.


Archival history

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Gift of Joseph, Hazel and Bob Schmitz, 1963-2009.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of photographs, articles, and documents collected regarding western Canadian military history including photographs of the Red Cross Reception Centre in Calgary, various military units, Sarcee Army Camp (1911-1916) and the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion). Includes some personal correspondence about historical events and Century Calgary. Includes typewritten notes on curation of military history collections, and a scrapbook about Calgary history (compiled 1966).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on October 4, 2017.

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