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Title:
Victor Wheeler fonds

Date(s):
1915-1979, predominant 1963-1979

Physical Description:
2 m of textual records. -- 381 photographs

History:
Victor Weeks Wheeler, 1893-1979, was born in England and came to Alberta in 1912. During the First World War he was a signaller with the 50th Infantry Battalion in France. On his return he spent several years as a telegraph operator at Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) railway stations across Canada. He then moved to North Carolina, USA. During the Second World War he served on the staff of the British Petroleum Mission in Washington, DC. After the war he became a naturalized American citizen, and worked for the Office of Price Stabilization, also in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Nellie, retired to Nebraska. In 1960 he decided to write a book about his experiences with the 50th Infantry Battalion. The book The 50th Battalion in No Man's Land, was published by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation in 1980.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of war diaries (1916-1919); extensive correspondence with 50th Battalion veterans (1963-1979); First World War memorabilia including programs, menus and picture postcards; reference material compiled for his book; original manuscript and bibliograhy of The 50th Battalion in No Man's Land (1970s-1980); and photographs of the 50th Battalion (1914-1918) and veterans and their families (1960s).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Nellie Wheeler, 1980.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/wheeler.cfm

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-5614, PA-2131, PB-526, NA-4025

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