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Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario

Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario

Part of

People

  • Melvin Charney (architect)
  • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

Title

Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario

Dates of creation

1969-1970

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 0.18 l.m. of textual records
  • 132 photographic materials
  • 19 reprographic copies
  • 17 drawings
  • 3 ephemera

Scope and Content

The project series documents Melvin Charney's work for the design competition for the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial (RCAF) at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. The project was identified by Charney as the MEMO Series. The competition called for the design of a building of “appropriate character” which would commemorate “the birth and growth of Canadian aviation”. The competition program was very specific, requesting a building on a predefined site, with rooms designed for specific activities.

MEMO was formally submitted by Charney and consisted of 91 pages of plans, designs, photographs and instructions on 335-5136 metric graph paper. Instead of constituting a true design for a building, MEMO consists of pages of memorandums intended for the organizers of the competition. The memos describe different ideas of how to conceptualize “the birth and growth of Canadian aviation”, as a critical response to what Charney saw as a “narrowness” in the competition’s vision. Charney referred to the idea of erecting a “singular building in an isolated part of the country” and considering it a memorial as being a “restrictive if not repressive act”.

Source: Montréal : Musée d’art contemporain. (1979) Melvin Charney: Oeuvres 1970-1979. (p. 14-17)

Reference Number

AP041.S1.1969.D2

Language of material

Documents are in English and French.

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:011
    • Title: Sketches and plans for the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes sketches and plans for the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition. Material was originally housed in a tube labelled "1969-1970 R.C.A.F. Memorial - competition drawings".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 reprographic copies
    • 7 drawings
    • 3 ephemera

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 53.2 × 52.5 cm sheet (largest): 80.3 × 140.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    Rolled

    Location:

    Trenton Ontario Canada

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:064:001
    • Title: Collages and presentation panels, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Panels related to the Memo series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 panel(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 50,6 × 76,1 × 0,8 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:064:002
    • Title: Collages and presentation panels, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Panels related to the Memo series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 panel(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 50,6 × 76,1 × 0,8 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:064:003
    • Title: Collages and presentation panels, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Panels related to the Memo series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 panel(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    panels: 50,6 × 76,1 × 0,8 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:077:001:003
    • Title: Proofs of visual material for Charney's proposal, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1969-1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing a colour printout pasted to matboard, and a stat.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 12,8 × 17,3 cm sheet (largest): 30,3 × 26,5 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:077:001:004
    • Title: Press clippings, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1970
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in French, including magazine clippings. Original folder inscribed in graphite: "ANTHOLOGY IMAGES: MANUSCRIPT FIRST DRAFT".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:077:003
    • Title: Photographic materials, press clippings and sketches, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1950-1995
    • Form: textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Box containing documents in English, French and Chinese languages, including a collage, magazine and newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, a printout, reprographic copies, sketches, and a transparency related to the Memo Series.

    Original folder inscribed on side: MEMO SERIES 1969-'70

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 box(es)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.08 l.m. of textual records
    • 37 photographic materials
    • 4 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 10,8 x 22,5 cm sheet (largest): 23,2 × 29,5 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:003
    • Title: Texts, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1969-1970
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing dummies for the Memo series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:004
    • Title: Copies of texts, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English and French (predominant), and a sketch related to Melvin Charney's Memo series and its installation. Original folder inscribed in graphite: MEMO SERIES 1969-1970 + INST. VIEWS.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 21,4 × 27,7 cm (8 7/16 × 10 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:005
    • Title: Competition requirements, correspondence, magazine clippings, maps, notes, and sketches, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1971
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English (predominant) and French, including a book outlining competition requirements (with annotations in graphite and red ink), correspondence, magazine clippings, maps, notes, and sketches related to the RCAF Memorial Architectural Competition.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: RCAF MEMORIAL COMP.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m of textual records
    • 5 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 21,1 × 12,5 cm (8 5/16 × 4 15/16 in.) sheet (largest): 27,7 × 21,4 cm (10 7/8 × 8 7/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:006
    • Title: Draft and copies of texts, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1970-1979
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including notes and text related to the Memo series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: MEMO SERIES - copies of text

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.03 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:016
    • Title: Draft texts for publication, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1969-1970
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English and French related to the Memo series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: [???] CARRE BLEU TEXT.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:082:017
    • Title: Magazine clippings, notes, and stats, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1971-1984
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including magazine clippings, notes, and stats related to the Memo series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: MEMO SERIES - MISC PUBLICATIONS

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records
    • 9 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:087:002
    • Title: Photographs, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs, and positive film frames (all duplicates) of Memo 136 - Mies on his way to Los Angeles. Originally held in a box labelled: "PUBL / PUBS ON 2000+

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 photographs

    Physical Description:

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:087:003
    • Title: Magazine and newspaper clippings, notes, and publications, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: between 1971 and 2012
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Assorted documents in English and French, including magazine and newspaper clippings, notes, and publications. Includes reference materials for the Memo series. Originally held in a box labelled: "PUBL / PUBS ON 2000+".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.02 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 16,8 × 21,5 cm (6 5/8 × 8 7/16 in.) sheet (largest): 43 × 27,9 cm (16 15/16 × 11 in.)

    Physical Description:

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:103:003
    • Title: Catalogue of artworks included in the project, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1969-1970
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including three copies of a catalogue of artworks included in the Memo series. Possibly related to Louis Martin's 2013 book, On architecture: Melvin Charney: a critical anthology.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: CCA BOOK 1991

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:103:011
    • Title: Photographs, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1969-1970, 1975
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs of Melvin Charney's Memo series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: MEMO SERIES, 1984, REWORK. - NAT. GAL.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 12 photographs

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 25,2 × 20,1 cm (9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2013:0002:001
    • Title: Photographs, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1998
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Box containing negative film strips, a contact sheet, and panels (collages, photographic prints, and printouts) from the Memo series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 box(es)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 photographic materials

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2013:0002:002
    • Title: Photographs, Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Competition, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1969-1970
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Box containing panels of collages, photographic prints, and printouts from the Memo series.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 box(es)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 14 photographs

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 50,5 × 31,5 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2013:0002:003:001
    • Title: No title
    • Dates of creation: 1970
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 panel(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 44 photographic materials

    Dimensions:

    panels: 50,8 × 31,7 × 4,1 cm sheets: 54,6 × 34,8 × 1 cm (21 1/2 × 13 11/16 × 3/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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