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J.L. Granatstein fonds
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1920s photographs

File consists of reproductions of portraits of Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, and Prime Minister Mackenzie King, retrieved from the Public Archives of Canada.

1950s photos

File consists of reproductions of historical photographs collected by J.L. Granatstein from the Public Archives of Canada (renamed the National Archives of Canada in 1987), possibly collected as research material for his book, Canada 1957-1967: The Years of Uncertainty and Innovation (1986). The photographs depict Mitchell W. Sharp, Associate Deputy-Minister of Trade and Commerce, Brooke Claxton, Minister of National Defence, Douglas C. Abbott, Minister of National Defence, and Rear Admiral E.R. Mainguy RCN.

1960s photos

File consists of reproductions of historical photographs collected by J.L. Granatstein from the Public Archives of Canada (renamed the National Archives of Canada in 1987), possibly collected as research material for his book, Canada 1957-1967: The Years of Uncertainty and Innovation (1986).

Afghanistan : Lessons Learned?

File consists of correspondence and clippings related to the debate over the Afghanistan war and the book, Lessons Learned? What Canada Should Learn from Afghanistan (2011).

Battle of the Atlantic Place

File consists of a promotional booklet for a development to be built around HMCS Sackville and adjacent to the Marine Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. The booklet provides an overview of the concept, historical context, exhibits, and architectural design. It was prepared for the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust.

Best Little Army : Harper Collins

File consists of correspondence, including with Patrick Crean, Publisher and Editor, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., regarding the publication of the book, The Best Little Army in the World : the Canadians in northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (Toronto: Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015). File also includes letters of response to the book and speaking notes for events related to the book's release.

Breakout Currie project (failed)

File consists of correspondence and research material related to a project to write a biography of General Sir Arthur William Currie. The project was later abandoned. The file also includes a text by John Wood, an amateur historian from Sebringville, Ontario, titled, "Bloody Marvellous! Why the Great War Ended Early: The Unheeded Story of the Canadian Corps and General Sir Arthur William Currie" (2013).

Bring Back the Act

File consists of correspondence and newspaper articles regarding the campaign to bring the British North America Act to Canada.

CDAI Ross Munro Award

File consists of correspondence and other material related to J.L. Granatstein's invitation to sit on the selection committee for the 2012 Ross Munro Media Award offered by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.

CDFAI

File consists of correspondence and other material related to Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

CDFAI

File consists of material related to Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, which was chaired by J.L. Granatstein from 2005 to 2009, including the profiles of the former Advisory Council, correspondence, and meeting agendas of the CDFAI Advisory Council held on 25 June 2013.

CDFAI Ottawa Adv. Council

File consists of records of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute Advisory Council (AC), including correspondence, meeting agendas, and other material.

CSIS/ECO Club : 29 February

File consists of a contract hiring J.L. Granatstein as a consultant to the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC), to present on the topic, "Afghanistan: Lessons Learned," and related correspondence.

Canada's War : correspondence

File consists of correspondence, predominantly letters of praise for the book, Canada's War: The Politics of the Mackenzie King Government, 1939-45 (1975).

Churchill College : Canada-U.K. symposium

File consists of correspondence, programmes, and draft manuscripts for a paper presented by J.L. Granatstein, "From Mother Country to Far Away Relative : the Canadian-British military relationship from 1945."

Compact discs

File consists of a blank disc with a label showing a wreath of poppies at a war memorial with the text, "Each one lost / Bruce Cockburn," and a second disc with a rendition of the song, "I'll be seeing you," by an unidentified singer.

Debate : War of 1812, Ottawa, 7 December 2012

File consists of correspondence and J.L. Granatstein's speaking notes for his debate with Jeffrey Simpson on the question, "Has the War of 1812 been overhyped?," with the text of both speakers' remarks printed from the website of The Ottawa Citizen.

Frank Teskey : diary + letters WWI

File consists of correspondence with D.C. Teskey, regarding excerpts from letters and diaries written by Frank Teskey, who served in World War I, and photocopies of the documents.

Great Canadian Debate, 20 June 2013

File consists of correspondence and reference material relating to the debate between Stéphane Dion and Daniel Turp on the theme, "Resolved: The Government of Quebec can decide unilaterally to secede from Canada," organized by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

H of C Defence Committee : 12 June

File consists of speaking notes and other material related to a lecture delivered to the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence, titled "NATO's Strategic Concept and Canada's Role in International Defence Cooperation."

Halifax ISF : 16-18 November

File consists of correspondence, including an RSVP and itinerary, related to the Halifax International Security Forum, to which J.L. Granatstein was invited but did not attend.

Harry Jolley letters : WWII

File consists of reproductions of wartime diaries by Maj.-Gen. Harry Wickwire Foster from September 1939 to January 1944. The file was used as research material for J.L. Granatstein's book, Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace (University of Toronto Press, 2002).

Hill 70 Kgtn : 20-22 May

File consists of material related to a book project which would culminate in the publication of Capturing Hill 70: Canada’s Forgotten Battle of the First World War, edited by Douglas E. Delaney and Serge Marc Durflinger (UBC Press, 2016). The file includes correspondence, the schedule for a workshop for the book held in May, and a draft of the chapter written by J.L. Granatstein, "To win at any cost" : The War at Home, 1917."

Hill 70 paper + book

File consists of material related to the book project, Capturing Hill 70: Canada’s Forgotten Battle of the First World War, edited by Douglas E. Delaney and Serge Marc Durflinger (UBC Press, 2016). The file includes a briefing package on the project which includes its synopsis, correspondence, a draft of the chapter written by J.L. Granatstein, "To win at any cost" : The War at Home, 1917," and research material.

History Wars

File consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, brochures, and speaking notes regarding a series of debates on Canadian history held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto that were moderated by J.L. Granatstein and J. Michael Bliss.

History Wars

File consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, brochures, and speaking notes regarding a series of debates on Canadian history held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto that were moderated by J.L. Granatstein and J. Michael Bliss.

History Wars

File consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, brochures, and speaking notes regarding a series of debates on Canadian history held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto that were moderated by J.L. Granatstein and J. Michael Bliss.

History Wars

File consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, brochures, and speaking notes regarding a series of debates on Canadian history held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto that were moderated by J.L. Granatstein and J. Michael Bliss.

History Wars : Canada-U.S. debate, 8 June 2012

File consists of correspondence, research material, and J.L. Granatstein's speaking notes for his debate with Stephen Clarkson on the resolution, "The United States has coveted Canada since the War of 1812, " held at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

History Wars : ROM, year 3

File consists of correspondence and a list of potential topics for a series of debates on Canadian history held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto that were moderated by J.L. Granatstein and J. Michael Bliss.

History Wars : debate 1, Toronto : Prime Minister, Copps/Coyne

File consists of correspondence, a brochure, J.L. Granatstein's speaking notes as moderator, and a newspaper article regarding the debate between Sheila Copps and Andrew Coyne on the resolution, "That power corrupts Canadian Prime Ministers," held at the Royal Ontario Museum on 25 October 2011.

J.L. Granatstein fonds

  • F0316
  • Fonds
  • 1914 - 2017

Fonds consists of research files, committee files (including minutes, memoranda, etc.), correspondence, professorial files (including notes, lectures, departmental business), financial records, publication files, printed materials, and other materials. Includes records related to the following publications: "The Politics of Survival: The Conservative Party of Canada" (1967), "Canada's War: The Politics of the MacKenzie King Government, 1939-1945" (1975, 1990), "A Reader's Guide to Canadian History 2: Confederation to the Present" (1982), "Bloody Victory: Canadians and the D-Day Campaign, 1944" (1984, 1994), "The Great Brain Robbery: Canada's Universities on the Road to Ruin" (1984), "Sacred Trust: Brian Mulroney and the Conservative Party in Power" (1985), "The Collins Dictionary of Canadian History" (1986), "How Britain's Weakness Forced Canada into the Arms of the United States" (1989), "A Nation Forged in Fire: Canadians and the Second World War" (1989), "Pirouette: Pierre Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Policy" (1990), "Mutual Hostages: Canadians and Japanese in World War II" (1990), "Spy Wars: Canada and Espionage form Gouzenko to Glasnost" (1990), "For Better or For Worse: Canada and the United States to the 1990s" (1991), "Dictionary of Canadian Military History" (1992), "The Generals: The Canadian Army's Senior Commanders in the Second World War" (1993, 1995), "Empire to Umpire: Canadian Foreign Policy to the 1990s" (1994), "Victory 1945: Canadians from War to Peace" (1995), "The Good Fight: Canadians and World War II" (1995), "Yankee Go Home? Canadians and Anti-Americanism" (1996, 1997), "Petrified Campus: Canada's Universities in Crisis" (1997), "The Canadian 100: the Hundred Most Influential Canadians of the Twentieth Century" (1997, 1998), "Trudeau's Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Pierre Trudeau" (1998, 1999), "Who Killed Canadian History?" (1998, 1999), "Prime Ministers: Rating the Prime Ministers" (1999, 2000), "Our Century" (2000), "Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace" (2002), Hell's Corner: An Illustrated History of Canada's Great War (2004), The Last Good War: An Illustrated History of Canada in the Second World War, 1939-1945 (2005), Lessons Learned? What Canada Should Learn from Afghanistan (2011), The Best Little Army in the World: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-45 (2015, 2016), The Weight of Command: Views of Canada's Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them (2016), Trudeau's World: The Insiders on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84 (2017), the New Canadian Readings series, the CIIA Contemporary Affairs series, as well as numerous scholarly papers, newspaper articles, and editorials. Fonds also includes a collection of reproductions of photographs from other Canadian archival institutions, documenting Canada's role in the World Wars and other significant events in Canadian history.

Also includes records connected to Granatstein's activities with the Marlborough Avenue (Toronto) Ratepayers Association, the Social Science Federation of Canada, the Canadian Historical Association, the Senate Sub-committee on Veteran's Affairs (regarding the CBC's "The Valour and the Horror"), the Historica Foundation, the Dominion Institute, the Vimy Ridge Memorial Foundation, the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation, the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Canadian War Museum, the Royal Society of Canada, the Order of Canada, the Special Committee on the Restructuring of the Reserves, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's mini-series, Canada: A People's History; and oral history projects exploring the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party.

Granatstein, J. L.

Korean War photos

File consists of historical photographs collected by J.L. Granatstein from the National Archives of Canada and the U.S. Department of National Defence, likely used as research material for a publication on the Canadian army in the Korean War (1950-1953).

Legion Magazine

Files consist of correspondence and text for columns written by J.L. Granatstein for the magazine of the Royal Canadian Legion, pertaining to Canadian military history.

Library and Archives Canada cuts

File consists of correspondence and a clipping of an article by J.L. Granatstein titled, "Cuts to our past harm our future," (Globe and Mail, June 12, 2012, A19), related to budget cuts to Library and Archives Canada proposed by the federal government under Stephen Harper.

M. Gen. Harry Foster diary : WWII

File consists of reproductions of wartime diaries by Maj.-Gen. Harry Wickwire Foster from September 1939 to January 1944. The file was likely created as research material for J.L. Granatstein's book, The Generals: The Canadian Army's Senior Commanders in the Second World War (Stoddart, 1993).

MLI debate : 28 March

File consists of speaking notes and other material related to the Great Canadian Debate held by the Macdonald Laurier Institute, centred on the motion, "Canada’s history is nothing to be ashamed of," with J.L. Granatstein speaking for the motion and Noah Richler speaking against it.

Maltz vs Witterick copyright case

File consists of clippings regarding the copyright case between Judy Maltz, Barbara Bird, and Richie Serman, and Jennifer L. Witterick and Penguin Canada Books Inc, for which J.L. Granatstein was an expert witness as a historian. A copy of the federal court decision, released 10 May 2016, a copy of Exhibit 11, which lists instances of passages from the documentary No. 4 Street of Our Lady, copied in the book My Mother's Story by J.L. Witterick, are also included.

Misc. early photos : Boer War, NW 1885 Rebellion, YFF Yukon, Fenians, etc.

File consists of historical photographs collected from the Public Archives of Canada (renamed the National Archives of Canada in 1987), Saskatchewan Archives Board, British Columbia Archives, the National Film Board of Canada, Glenbow Archives, and other sources. Photographs depict various people and events in Canadian history.

Miscellaneous photos

File consists of historical photographs collected from the Public Archives of Canada (renamed the National Archives of Canada in 1987), Saskatchewan Archives Board, British Columbia Archives, the National Film Board of Canada, Glenbow Archives, and other sources. Photographs depict various people and events in Canadian history.

My publications

File consists of clippings of articles and opinion pieces published in Legion Magazine, the Globe and Mail, The Dispatch, The National Post, and other news outlets.

Nellestyn : Afghanistan intro

File consists of articles from magazines and websites and correspondence for the book project Afghanistan : a soldier's story that involved Colonel (retired) Andrew Nellestyn.

Never Forgotten National Memorial

File consists of a promotional booklet for a monument commemorating Canadians killed in overseas conflicts and military missions proposed to be built at Green Cove, Cape Breton Island.

Never Forgotten National Memorial

File consists of correspondence, clippings, and press releases documenting the proposal for, and the subsequent controversy regarding, the Never Forgotten National Memorial project. File also includes audio recordings of music by Bruce Cockburn and Andrea Marcovicci.

Oka photos

File consists of photographs collected by J.L. Granatstein depicting the events of the Oka Crisis.

Ottawa CDFAI : 21-25 June

File consists of notes, agendas, and correspondence related to a meeting of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute Advisory Committee and Strategic Studies Working Group.

Ottawa CW event : 21 November 2016

File consists of material related to the dedication ceremony of the J.L. Granatstein Reading Room at the Canadian War Museum, including correspondence, event schedules, and speaking notes.

P.E. Trudeau interviews : Pirouette, Trudeau's World

File consists of interviews done by J.L. Granatstein or Robert Bothwell for the book, Pirouette: Pierre Trudeau and Canadian foreign policy (University of Toronto Press, 1990) and used again for Trudeau's World: Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84 (UBC Press, 2017).

P.E. Trudeau interviews : Pirouette, Trudeau's World

File consists of interviews done by J.L. Granatstein or Robert Bothwell for the book, Pirouette: Pierre Trudeau and Canadian foreign policy (University of Toronto Press, 1990) and used again for Trudeau's World: Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84 (UBC Press, 2017).

P.E. Trudeau interviews : Pirouette, Trudeau's World

File consists of interviews done by J.L. Granatstein or Robert Bothwell for the book, Pirouette: Pierre Trudeau and Canadian foreign policy (University of Toronto Press, 1990) and used again for Trudeau's World: Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84 (UBC Press, 2017).

Peacekeeping photos

File consists of reproductions of historical photographs collected by J.L. Granatstein from the National Archives of Canada and other sources, likely used as research material for his book, War and Peacekeeping: From South Africa to the Gulf -- Canada's Limited Wars (1991).

Pics in chronological order

File consists of historical photographs collected from the National Archives of Canada (formerly known as Public Archives of Canada prior to 1987), the City of Toronto Archives, Manitoba Archives, and the Canadian War Museum, depicting Canada's involvement in World War II. The material was likely collected for the book, The Last Good War: An Illustrated History of Canada in the Second World War, 1939-1945 (2005).

Reprint books : Rock's Mills Press

File consists of memorandum of agreement and related correspondence with the publisher Rock's Mills Press regarding the reprint publication of the book, The Ottawa men: The civil service mandarins, 1935-1957.

Richard Holt MSS

File consists of correspondence with historian Richard Holt, regarding his manuscript, "Filling the Ranks: Manpower in the C.E.F."

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