Collection C0089 - Royal Canadian Legion Oral History Project collection

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Royal Canadian Legion Oral History Project collection


  • Copied 1987 (originally created 1985-1987) (Creation)

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204 audio cassettes

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The Royal Canadian Legion originated in several small associations of veterans that banded together throughout Canada during the First World War. In 1926 the groups amalgamated to form the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League. The Legion grew rapidly in the 1930s and 1940s and concentrated on integrating veterans into civilian life. Women have taken an active role in the organization. In 1960 the name was changed to Royal Canadian Legion. In 1984 RCL hired Marcel Dirk to coordinate a national oral history project with long-time members. Volunteers were chosen in each region of the country. They received training and interviewed members about person backgrounds, career accomplishments, their military service and work for the Legion.

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  • The collection consists of recorded interviews with Alberta and NWT members from these branches: Acme, Alix, Ashmont, Athabasca, Banff, Barons, Barrhead, Bashaw, Beaverlodge, Blairmore, Bluffton, Bonnyville, Bow Island, Brooks, Cadomin, Calgary, Calmar, Canmore, Clive, Cochrane, Cold Lake, Drumheller, Eaglesham, East Smoky, Edmonton, Exshaw, Fairview, Foremost, Fort Assiniboine, Fort Macleod, Fort McMurray, Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Smith, Hay River, Hinton, Hythe, Innisfail, Jasper, Lac La Biche, Lacombe, Leduc, Lethbridge, Ma-Me-O Beach, Mayerthorpe, McLellan, Medicine Hat, Millet, Mirror, Mulhurst, Nobleford, Norman Wells, Picture Butte, Pine Point, Ponoka, Red Deer, Redcliff, Rimbey, Ryley, Sedgewick, Sexsmith, Slave Lake, Smith, Smoky Lake, Spirit River, Stony Plain, Strathmore, Taber, Tofield, Valleyview, Vegreville, Vulcan, Wainwright, Warburg, Waskatenau, Westlock, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt, Winfield, and Yellowknife.

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      The material is in English.

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      Interview outlines available.

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      The original project is held by Library and Archives Canada.

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