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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association textual records collection
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1894-2018 (predominant 1914-2018) (Creation)
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ca. 34 m of textual records and other material.
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Since 1953 the PPCLI Association has encouraged veterans and serving members to donate their personal records, photographs and artefacts to the Regimental Museum and Archives. Inactive records and regimental memorabilia sporadically arrived from the Regimental Depot which became Regimental Headquarters in 1969. Archival material was also collected from the Department of National Defence (DND), other affiliated Regiments and the Regimental Photographer. Prior to 1994 archival material was first arranged according to regimental personalities and significant regimental dates and then divided further into subject categories creating what is now the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association collection.
Scope and content
The collection is classified into approximately 40 series representing broad subjects, periods of regimental history, and units within the regiment. Many of the series are further divided into sub-series. Files are generally described to the item level. The collection consists of correspondence, nominal rolls, ledgers, scrapbooks, war diaries, Part I and Part II Orders, maps, blueprints, annual reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, clippings, programmes, posters and personnel documents illustrating regimental activities and achievements during war and peace times and the length of service, number of casualties and honours and awards of past and present members of the Regiment. Also included is biographical information on the Colonels-in-Chief, Colonels of the Regiment and other Regimental personalities. Some series include books, manuals, booklets, phonograph records and other ephemera related to military history, regimental traditions, Canadian Forces Bases, training policies and procedures, uniforms and equipment, allied regiments, the airborne role and the Regimental Band. Also featured are records of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, the Regimental Executive Committee, the establishment of the Regimental Museum and the 75th, 80th and 85th anniversary celebrations of the Regiment. Individual collections contained within the fonds include the B.A.J. Franklin collection, the Ernst Smith collection, the K.F. Bunyan collection, the Lt. Col. E.K. Fitzgerald D.R. collection, the Eleanor M. Rieger collection, the John Milburn Collection, the L.A. White collection, the Stephen Trache collection, the Jim Cannon Collection and the W.E. Bastedo Collection. Also included are letters from Agar Adamson, the Currie Papers, V.F. Gianelli correspondence and documents related to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Comedy Company and the Women's Auxiliary. The collection of official records of the PPCLI and its battalions was closed in 1994, but accruals relating to the Colonels-in-Chief, the Colonels of the Regiment, and individuals who were members of the regiment before 1994 continue to be collected.
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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association
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Access to materials containing Social Insurance Numbers and other personal information. is restricted. See inventory for details.
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An inventory is available at https://ppcli.com/ppcli-museum-description/ppcli-fonds/ . Click "Collection 1".
The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association fonds consists of records of the PPCLI Association and is filed separately. Photographs, maps, mechanical drawings, sound recordings, moving images, books, pamphlets, military manuals, and born-digital records are filed in separate collections. Consult archivist for details.
Further accruals to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association collection are expected.
Record No. 94.100; 20.19
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