Military history research centre

Military History Research Centre

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Public access to the Archives, Image Archives, and Rare Books collections is by appointment only. Please contact 819 776-8652 or in advance of your visit.

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The Canadian War Museum’s Military History Research Centre houses, in one convenient location, the George Metcalf Archival Collection and the Hartland Molson Library. These extensive national collections of primary and secondary research material document Canada’s military history from the colonial period to the present.

The George Metcalf Archival Collection contains unique archival documents and photographic materials, and is especially strong on First and Second World Wars. The archival collection, consisting of approximately 765 metres of documentation, includes original letters, diaries, scrapbooks, logbooks, maps, 3-D maps, blueprints, postcards, sheet music, records, oral history tapes and other printed material. The photographic portion of the collection holds approximately 90,000 items including original photographic prints in black and white and colour, negatives, glass slides, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereoscopic slides, hand-tinted portraits, film reels and videos.

The Hartland Molson Library Collection has approximately 60,000 volumes including regimental histories, published personal memoirs, periodicals and newspapers, wartime pamphlets, military technical and field manuals, multi-media, and 5,000 rare books. The Hamilton Spectator newspaper collection which includes 144,000 Second World War newspaper clippings is available electronically with fulltext searching capabilities at the Democracy at War website.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed

The Military History Research Centre will be open by appointment only from December 29, 2014 to January 2, 2015. It will be closed January 5-9, 2015 and on statutory holidays.

Public access to the Archives, Image Archives, and Rare Books collections is by appointment only. Please contact 819 776-8652 or three working days in advance of your visit.

Contact Information

Military History Research Centre
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0M8

General inquiries: (819) 776-8652

Image Reproduction Services or Permissions : (819) 776-8686 or (819) 776-8655

Fax: (819) 776-8623

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