Sydney Carline was proposed for employment for the IWM, by C J Holmes, Director of the National Gallery, who was in turn prompted by Sydney's brother Richard. As he already had flying experience, he was employed by the RAF Section, working on what the Section President, Col. A C MacLean, described as a "family tree" of pictures also involving Richard Carline.
Sydney Carline was first sent to Italy, then to the Middle East with his brother.
They were instructed to send back weekly reports to MacLean, and these provide a detailed record of activities.
Because of funding shortages, the Museum did not purchase as many works as anticipated.
The files also cover changes in terms of employment, arrangements, via their father, for the brothers' Hampstead studio in their absence, lists and schemes of planned works, and accounts submitted (also via their father). Item (144) appears to be a final list of works submitted.
Other matters covered include: loans and reproductions of paintings, particularly loans to a Memorial exhibition of Carline's work at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 09 May to 01 June 1929 (he died in February 1929).
After Carline's death, his brother Richard offered the Museum more of the drawings and paintings carried out in the process of the work for the Museum, and the offer letter provides a useful summary of the events and work of that period (229-232). Over one hundred works were subsequently given to the Museum.
Works were also loaned to an exhibition at the Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln, in 1929.
Ernest Blaikley, then Keeper of the Art Department, arranged a small exhibition of Carline's work, which opened in March 1930, and a press release for the show is included in the file.
The file concludes with a number of presscuttings about Carline.