Fonds - National Federation of Canadian University Students fonds

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National Federation of Canadian University Students fonds

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  • 1926-1969 (Creation)

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73 m of textual records and other materials

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The National Federation of Canadian University Students came into being in December of 1926 in the wake of a British Empire debating team which toured Canada. The founding conference was held at McGill University in Montreal. The organization was founded to create “a better understanding among students, more cooperation ... among ... universities, ... and to furnish a means of creating international ties with groups of students in other countries.” The Federation became dormant during the years of World War II but revived in 1946. In 1964 the Federation underwent a re-organization and was renamed the Canadian Union of Students in an attempt to conciliate differences between English-speaking and French-speaking students. The fonds contains an essay which outlines these problems, titled “Assessment of the History of CUS/NFCUS (1926-1965)”. It officially dissolved in 1969.

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There have been four accruals. The first accrual is arranged as follows: 1. NFCUS files, [1947-1965], boxes 1-39, located at 14b-e. There is a contents list. 2. CUS printed matter, 1963-1970, microfilms 1-6. There is a finding aid. Location of microfilms presently unknown. 3. CUS day files (outgoing correspondence), microfilms 7-14. No finding aid. Location of microfilms presently unknown. 4. General Office Files, 1963-1965, boxes 1-8, located at 13R CUS General Office Files, 1965-1966, boxes 9-31, 31a, located at 13R CUS General Office Files, 1967-1968, boxes 32-45, located at 13R CUS General Office Files, 1968-1969, boxes 46-54, located at 13R Student Government Research Files, boxes 55-65, located at 13R CUS International Affairs Files, 1964-1969, boxes 65-72 (Note: 4 boxes are labelled 66, there is also a box 69b), located at 13R CUS Films, photographs, audio tapes, printed materials, boxes 73-82; boxes 73-79a located at 13R, boxes 79b to 82 at 14. NFCUS material, 1940-1963, boxes 83-93, located at 14. There is a file contents list. 5. NFCUS and CUS congresses and seminars, 1926-1969, boxes la to 5a, located at 15Rd. There is a file contents list. 6. Comptrollers files. Boxes 1-8, located in the university vault. There is a file contents list. Financial Files. Boxes 1-124, located in the vault. This includes one box labelled Business Managers files that apears to be not numbered. The numbered boxes appear to end at 122 so perhaps one box is missing. There is a file contents list. Students Means Survey. 14 boxes, numbered 1- 13, plus an extra large Master file box, located in the vault. 7. Publications, unsorted, 21 (including a box 10) numbered storage boxes; at 21Lb-c. There is a one page listing for publications with numbered boxes from 1 to 29, unfortunately the contents of the boxes do no appear to match this list. There is a Box 10 which, however, does match the list and is located in the vault. The location of the other boxes in this sequence in currently unknown. 8. Publications, catalogued, 2 boxes, located at SW527. There is a listing.The second accrual, CUS-LeGoff (37-1991), consists of correspondence, reports, and publications. The third accrual, NFCUS-Gérin (32-1995), consists of correspondence and organizational files. The fourth accrual (32-200) consists of correspondence, minutes and conferences attended by various NFCUS officers at Carleton College, later Carleton University, Ottawa.

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The first accrual (items 1-8) were acquired from the executive of the CUS in December 1969. The second accrual was acquired from T. J. A. LeGoff in 1991. The third accrual was acquired from Paul Becker in May 1994. The fourth accrual was acquired from John Doherty in July 2000. All donors were members of the organization.


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Access is open with the exception of the following items in the first accrual: item 6 and one box in item 7.

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Researchers may also wish to consult the Paul Becker fonds. Becker was active in many student organizations, including NFCUS.

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No further accruals are expected.

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