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Defence Council

Subseries consists of minutes, agendas and related papers of Defence Council from 1944 to 1972. The two first volumes, 1370 and 1371, serve as an index to the minutes and related papers. Includes Files 1370 to 1474.

Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Defence Council

Advisory Committee on Northern Development

Subseries consists of minutes of meetings of the Advisory Committee on Northern Development. Includes Files 1800 to 1804. File 1800 serves as a subject index.

Canada. Advisory Committee on Northern Development

M-20, Vol. 2: Lakes of Canada, 1800’s

Subseries 2 consists of four files of articles and notes about military boats, civil navigation and bibliographic notes. It contains a paper on arms control on the Great Lakes, a list of vessels employed on the British naval service on the Great Lakes during 1755-1875, articles on navigation on the Great Lakes, an account of the naval action fought in Lake Erie on 10 September 1813, and notes on gunboats, steamers and canoes. Includes articles on canals and waterways of Canada, prints of W. H. Bartlett showing waterfront scenes of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Cobourg, Kingston, Port Hope, Quebec and Brockville, and a booklet on Meaford, Georgian Bay, Ontario. Also includes articles and notes on some steamers or vessels including : Queen Charlotte; Queenston; Royal William; General Porter; Sir Robert Peel; Chief Justice Robinson; Ocean Wave; Plymouth Rock; Prince Alfred; and Queen Victoria.

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Ships Files

Subseries consists of name files for each Canadian naval vessel (H.M.C.S.) or government vessel (C.G.S.) from 1910 when the Canadian Navy was established under the Naval Service Act. The files contain general notes, photographs, a brief history, reports of proceedings, newspaper and magazine clippings, signals and messages. Some files are incomplete as some of the reports of proceedings are missing. Also includes "The Navy Goes North" on DVD by the National Film Board of Canada about HMCS Labrador. The DVD has been withdrawn from circulation but a copy may be obtained from Library and Archives Canada.

Foreign Ships and General Ships Files

Subseries consists of name files for British and foreign ships, many of which have a connection with the RCN. Foreign ships includes Australian, French, German Italian, Japanese and American. These files for British ships contain general notes, photographs, a history of the name, Admiralty Damage Control summaries, newspaper and magazine clippings, signals and messages. The files for foreign ships do not contain a great deal of information. Also includes general reference files divided mainly by the ship type, including aircraft carriers, auxiliary vessels, corvettes, destroyers, frigates, minesweepers, motor launches, sailing vessels, submarines, trawlers and drifters. These files contain narratives, signals and messages, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases and historical data. The subseries is divided into the following parts:
Part A: Ships, Foreign
Part B: Ships, General

Reserve Division Files

Subseries consists of material dealing with the history of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve (RCNR) and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) from the 1923 until the mid-1960s. The files contain narratives, signals and messages, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, reports of proceedings, a listing of Commanding Officers and historical data.

Royal Canadian Naval Reserve

Flag Officer, Commander and Dockyard Files

Subseries consists of historical files for the various commands on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. The commands includes: Flag Officer Atlantic Coast; Commodore Personnel Atlantic Coast; Royal Canadian Navy Liaison Officer, Bermuda; Flag Officer Newfoundland Force; Flag Officer Pacific Coast; Maritime Command; Canadian Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic; Maritime Command Pacific; Senior Naval Officer, River St. Lawrence Area; Queen’s Harbour Master, Esquimalt; Superintendent of the Dockyard, Esquimalt; Commodore Superintendent Atlantic Coast (Halifax Dockyard); and Commodore Superintendent Pacific Coast (Esquimalt Dockyard). The files contain general notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, signals and messages, reports of proceedings and booklets published by the establishment. The subseries is divided into the following parts:

Part A: Flag Officer and Commander files
Part B: Dockyard files

Local Craft

Subseries consists of alphabetical lists of HMC local craft during the Second World War. Lists includes: patrol vessels; patrol boats; patrol craft; examination vessels; boom attendant vessels; boom maintenance vessels; loop laying vessels; gate vessels; depot ships; tugs; diving boats; harbour craft; and various other kinds of vessels.

Harbour Craft

Subseries consists of photographs of several of the craft, inspection questionnaires, fact sheets with the vessels specifics, surveys of the local craft on the West Coast, correspondence regarding purchasing, registering and requesting service from the craft, naval messages and memoranda during the Second World War.

General Files

Sub-series consists of files on Canada and the United States’ joint efforts to develop security plans and warning systems to defend North America against enemy threats. Files consist mainly of reports, charts and draft agreements which assess the threat and discuss ways in which Canada and the United States could collaborate to protect North America, including the development of a Distant Early Warning line, shared occupancy of key geographic locations, and security plans.

Air Defence in Europe

Sub-series consists of files pertaining to NATO air defence in Europe, and its efforts to integrate defence control of all member countries to enhance security and military capabilities. Topics include the development of the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Air Defence Technical Centre, as well as the development of an early warning system for allied command in Europe. Also discusses the rules of engagement for unidentified aircraft, defence against very low-flying aircraft, and long-term requirements for air defence.

1st Canadian Infantry Division

Sub-series consists of documents that discuss plans for the 1st Canadian Infantry Division in the event of war or heightened political tensions. Topics include equipment and personnel reserves in Europe, estimated personnel wastage rates, and the logistics required to move the balance of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division to Europe. Also discusses the estimated costs associated with these plans. Includes charts, reports, case studies, memoranda, correspondence and draft copies of new or amended policies.

Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Infantry Division, 1st

General Mobilization Planning

Sub-series consists of various files related to mobilization planning. Includes directorate notes and instructions on how to fill out a war diary, but is comprised mainly of anti-aircraft defence plans and coastal defence plans involving the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), as well as plans for the Mobile Striking Force. Anti-aircraft defence plans include documents on the development of a programme for operational sites, notes on establishing NIKE bases for air defence, minutes and memoranda from meetings held between Canada and the USA, and reports that estimate Soviet long-range Air Force capability. Coastal defence plans include reports, memoranda and tables of requirements for coastal defence including a report on the RCN submarine programme, u


Sub-series consists of financial ledgers maintained by the Treasurer of the association. These ledgers document the association's receipts and disbursements as well as membership and event fees paid, monies deposited, cheques written, and general expenses.

Bank records

Sub-series consists of a variety of documents produced and accumulated from the association's accounts at financial institutions. These include account deposit books, savings and chequing account books, Revenue Canada statements, association banking resolutions, account renewal documents and correspondence, and copies of deposit books and deposited cheques.

Financial statements

Sub-series consists of copies of annual financial statements, compiled by the Club's accountants.

Attendance book

Sub-series consists of a book recording the attendance lists for meetings of the general membership. The book was apparently passed around at each meeting for the members to record their own names.

Nominations for membership

Sub-series consists of "Nomination for Membership" forms completed for each prospective member of the Club. Information listed includes name, law school, date(s) of call or enrollment, firm information, residence address, and date of birth. Each form has been dated, and signed by both a proposer and a seconder. Form also indicates a date for approval by the trustees, and a date of publication, indicating when the nomination was presented to the entire membership. Under the charter of the Lawyers Club, nomination were presented to the membership, who then had two weeks to raise any concerns or objections concerning the admission of the nominees.

Membership files

Sub-series consists mainly of correspondence related to membership issues like applications, nominations, change of address, and resignations. Also includes special membership lists of unpaid members, resigning members, etc. There are no completed application forms or nomination forms in these files. There are no files for the period between 1972 and 1991. Especially noteworthy is the pamphlet entitled "Your invitation to join the Lawyers Club," which includes a membership application form, as well as information about the Club and its activities.

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