Fonds 2000/13 - Privy Council Office fonds

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Privy Council Office fonds

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CA ON00093 2000/13

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  • 1942-1954, 1958-1964, 1973 (Creation)
    Canada. Privy Council Office

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6.035 m of textual records

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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.

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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

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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.


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  • English

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The original documents for Series 1 are located at Library and Archives Canada. They also hold microfilm copies.

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Series 1 is unclassified. Series 2 is Secret.

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Finding aids

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.

Associated materials

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).

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No further accruals are expected.

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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.

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