Title and statement of responsibility area
Privy Council Office fonds
General material designation
- Textual record
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Level of description
CA ON00093 2000/13
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1942-1954, 1958-1964, 1973 (Creation)
- Canada. Privy Council Office
Physical description area
6.035 m of textual records
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Archival description area
Name of creator
The Privy Council for Canada was established by the British North America Act at Confederation as a "council to aid and advise the government of Canada"(Archivia). From the beginning, the Privy Council was synonymous with Cabinet, in part because of common membership. The Treasury Board, established 2 July 1867, is a permanent sub-committee of the Privy Council which deals exclusively with the financial matters of government operations. Other sub-committees, including those responsible for the war efforts, have been appointed and disbanded as necessary.
Appointed Clerk of the Privy Council in 1940, A.D.P. Heeney is credited with making the organization and operations of the Privy Council more business-like. Providing a professional clerical secretariat for the committees of the Privy Council remains the chief responsibility of the Privy Council Office. The position of Clerk of the Privy Council is now considered the highest status position in the civil service hierarchy.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of copies of minutes of meetings of the committees of the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board for 1942-1954 and 1958-1964, as well as a copy of "Government War Book, Parts 1 and 2" published in 1973 by the Government of Canada. There are two series:
I. Minutes of Meetings co Committees of the Privy Council and Treasury Board
II. Government War Book
Immediate source of acquisition
The Directorate of History and Heritage collected the documents for Series I over the years. The immediate source of acquisition for Series 2 is unknown.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
The original documents for Series 1 are located at Library and Archives Canada. They also hold microfilm copies.
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
Series 1 is unclassified. Series 2 is Secret.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage.
Related material can be found in the Kardex Collection under the following headings: Privy Council; Privy Council Instructions; Privy Council Office; Privy Council Orders; and Privy Council Papers.
Associated material for the Privy Council can be found at Library and Archives Canada. The title is the Privy Council Office fonds and the reference number is R165-0-5-E (formerly RG 2).
No further accruals are expected.
Series 1 is incomplete; there are many missing Privy Council documents and only a partial index. The index does not include all the documents in the collection, nor does the collection contain all the documents listed in the index.