The material included in this digital collection comprise a small sampling of books from the Chicksands Collection of Military History which is housed at the University of Calgary's Library and Archives at The Military Museums (TMM). The collection, obtained from the British Ministry of Defence, is one of the largest special collections of military-related texts in a Canadian academic library.
Now that the collection has arrived, staff are busy unpacking, assessing and cataloguing the thousands of documents. Once cataloguing is complete, the digitization of significant volumes will dramatically increase the impact of this remarkable collection on world scholarship.
Coverage is international in scope and provides insight into the development of military traditions and practices of modern warfare. The collection was obtained late in 2010 and, by summer of 2013, close to half of the nearly 50,000 volumes have been added to the library catalogue which can be accessed at http://library.ucalgary.ca
For background and details on the aquisition of the physical collection see the UToday article, "Rare military collection arrives in Calgary" ........more
The remarkable donation involved more than four years of negotiations in collaboration with the British Ministry of Defence. The collection is referred to colloquially as the “Chicksands” Collection, after the name of a British military base and Cold War listening post on the grounds of a 12th century priory in Bedfordshire, just north of London.
The Collection consists of items collected by military attachés assigned to British high commissions and consulates, mainly during the inter-war period. Manuals, reports, pamphlets, books and other writings in English, French, Italian, Russian and German provide insight into the development of the military traditions and practices of modern warfare.
For further information contact the University of Calgary's Library and Archives at The Military Museums (TMM)
452- Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2T5J4