The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – Government Records and Private Archives

As mentioned in previous articles, the collection at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) contains a vast amount of information regarding Queen Elizabeth II. In this last article on The Queen, we present a selection of textual materials held by LAC. While few of them have been digitized, the descriptions are all accessible online so you can discover the contents.

Black and white photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson in the minirail at Expo 67

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson in the minirail at Expo 67 (MIKAN 3198474)

As mentioned in previous articles, the collection at LAC contains a vast amount of information regarding Queen Elizabeth II. In this last article on The Queen, we present a selection of textual materials held by LAC. While few of them have been digitized, the descriptions are all accessible online so you can discover the contents.

Government Records

Private Archives

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – Photographs

June 5, 2012, marked the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To celebrate this exceptional event, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) presents an outline of the types of photographs held in its collection about Queen Elizabeth II.Since the 1950s, The Queen has made more than 20 visits to Canada! Our collection contains numerous photos, movies, private and government documents, stamps and even some cartoons of Her Majesty, which were used to convey a particular message. Ready for an overview of the photographs?

Colour portrait of Queen Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Vladimir Tiara, the Queen Victoria Jubilee Necklace, the blue Garter Riband, Badge and Garter Star and the Royal Family Orders of King George V and King George VI (1959). MIKAN 4301935

Photographs

We have many photographs of Queen Elizabeth II in our collection; several of which are digitized and accessible via the new Portrait Portal and Flickr. You can also browse photographs from Archives Image Search Results.

Here are some interesting references:

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The School Files Series, 1879 -1953

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds records created by the federal government about the administration of residential schools.

The School Files Series (archival reference RG10-B-3-d) within the Indian and Inuit Affairs sous fonds contains records created from 1879 to 1953 about residential schools and day schools.

This series contains some records of the admission and discharge of students at residential schools, as well as files on the establishment of individual schools.

The School Files Series has been digitized and is available through the Microform Digitization section of the LAC website.

Our reference specialists recommend a list of which schools are mentioned in which volumes and reels of the series. This list can be found in the Search Help section of the digital version of the series. It will prove to be quite useful when navigating the School Files Series.

Additional Resources

  • For more information on how to search the Microform Digitization section, use the Search Help section.
  • View the description of this series in Archives Search for additional information.

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The Famous “Kitchen Accord”: Now Available in Digital Format!

In 2009, Library and Archives Canada acquired an original copy of the famous “Kitchen Accord”, handwritten by Roy Romanow. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the 1982 Constitution Act, we are pleased to offer to the Canadian public a digitized copy of this document that played a key role in one of the most important moments of Canada’s constitutional history.

To view this record, visit our description in Archives Search: Kitchen Accord, R12830 (MIKAN 3912727)

April 17th, 2012, marked the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the 1982 Constitution Act. This event concluded a two year process involving intense negotiations between the federal government and the provinces on the proposal to “patriate” the Constitution to Canada.

The constitutional conference, which was held November 2 to 5, 1981, hoped to put an end to the negotiations. No significant progress was made during the first two days of the conference, and the negotiations seemed to be heading to a dead-end. But the public pressure on the parties to reach an agreement was very strong so many last minute compromise proposals were submitted to parties, especially on November 4. An agreement took shape during the night of November 4 to 5. This agreement would be signed the next day by all parties, except by representatives from Québec. One of the most important, and probably the most famous of these last minute compromise proposals, is the “Kitchen Accord”, drafted during the afternoon of November 4 by Jean Chrétien, Roy Romanow, and Roy McMurtry, respectively federal Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Saskatchewan and of Ontario, in a kitchenette of the National Conference Centre, where the discussions were held. This draft agreement included patriation, amendment formula, Charter of Rights, and a “Notwithstanding” clause that would only apply to some parts of the Charter. There is also a reference to minority linguistic rights that were much debated during the negotiations.

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Remembering the Titanic at LAC – Part III: Canadians on the Titanic

The Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912, with 2,227 passengers and crew onboard; on April 15, 1912, the tragic collision with an iceberg claimed over 1,500 lives, mostly among the second and third class passengers.

Among the first class passengers were two Canadian businessmen; Charles Melville Hays and Harry Markland Molson.

Charles Melville Hays was born in 1856 and educated in the United States. He worked on several railways in the U.S.A. before coming to Canada in 1896. He was the General Manager of the Grand Trunk Railway, from 1896 to 1909 with the exception of a period in 1901 when he was president of the Southern Pacific Railway. In 1905 he became president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which was largely his own creation. In 1909, he was appointed president of the Grand Trunk Railway and retained this office until his death on the Titanic.  Charles was the husband of Clara J. Gregg and father of four daughters.  Learn more about Hays in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

Harry Markland Molson, also born in 1856, was the great grandson of John Molson, founder of the famous Canadian brewery.  He lived in Montreal and was former Mayor of Dorval and a member of the board of directors for the Molson Bank. You can learn more about the Molson family by reading the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online.

Library and Archives Canada has some records relating to both these gentlemen:

  • Portrait, Charles Melville Hays – President Grand Trunk Railway System, 1910 to 1912. (MIKAN3350321)
  • Charles Melville Hays fonds, MG30-A18, Volume 1. (MIKAN 97908)

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Remembering the Titanic at LAC – Part I: Archival Records

One hundred years later, the sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate and captivate people as perhaps the most famous sea-faring disaster in modern history.  The Titanic was billed as the most grandiose and extravagant ship ever built; it was the pride of the White Star Line. “Not even God himself could sink this ship”, claimed one employee at its launch.  Nonetheless, on its maiden voyage, the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank on April 14, 1912.  More than 1500 lives were lost.

Did you know?

Within Library and Archives Canada’s collections you can find some interesting records about the Titanic . In fact, over the next few days, The Library and Archives Canada Blog will help you discover some of these records, which deal directly with the sinking of the Titanic and subsequent rescue activities.  These records can be found in our archival government records collection:

  • Records of the Governor General’s Office, RG 7, Series G.21, File 8018, Microfilm Reel T-2295 -Loss of S.S. Titanic , 1912.
  • Records of the Department of Justice, RG 13, Series A-2, Vol.172, File 1912-692, Department of External Affairs – Official letters sent by Titanic, April 1912. (MIKAN 1345549)
  • Records of the Department of Agriculture, RG 17, Vol. 1166, Docket 221220, Department Of External Affairs, Ottawa – Cable From High Commissioner Re: Official Letters on “Titanic”, Date of Docket: 1912/04/16 1992003 (MIKAN 1992003)
  • Records of the RCMP, RG 18, Series A-1, Vol. 425, File 244-12 – Official letters on wrecked steamship Titanic – Duplication of. (MIKAN 865780)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 241, File ME-4-62: Titanic – Lord Mersey’s Report, 1912 (MIKAN 1824285)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 252, File P-1-55: Titanic -Representation to the Court of Inquiry, 1912. (MIKAN 1824538)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 304, File S-7-37: Titanic -Survivors of, 1912 (MIKAN 1825232)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Series A-3-a , Vol. 1123, File 1912447: Official Correspondence Lost In Sinking Of “Titanic” To Be Replaced, 1912 (MIKAN 1826832)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 1123, File 1912-485: Facilities for Mr. Maurice Rothschild Re Identification of Bodies of Titanic Passengers, 1912.(MIKAN  1826840)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 1123, File 1912-560: Investigation into the Sinking of Titanic, 1912. (MIKAN 1826856)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Series B-1-b , Vol. 252, File : P-1-55 Privy Council Office (Canada) – Titanic – Representations – Court of Inquiry, 1912 (MIKAN 1824538)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25,Series B-1-b, Vol. 304, File S-7-3 7, Secretary of State (Canada) – Titanic – Survivors of – Committee for Relief of, 1912. (MIKAN 1825232)
  • Official Correspondence Lost in Sinking of “Titanic” to be Replaced, RG 25 A-3-a. (MIKAN 1826832)
  • Marine Branch RG 42, Vol. 200, File 32769, Report of a Formal Investigation into the circumstances attending the sinking of the Titanic, 1912-1925. (MIKAN 1640066)
  • Department of Immigration fonds, RG 76, Reel T-4706, Manifest of Passengers from the SS Titanic, arriving at New York on 18 April 1912 aboard the SS Carpathia.

Stay tuned for more information on the Titanic over the next week, as we help you discover Library and Archives Canada’s collection.

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