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Scope and content
Fonds consists of correspondence, 1881-1903, 1916, 1921; literary files containing letters, notes and addresses, 1888, 1896-1901, 1904; and miscellaneous, 1873, 1898, 1901.
Textual records The finding aid is a chronological list of correspondence for volume 1 and a file list for volume 2. MSS0374 90 (Electronic)
Biography / Administrative history
John George Bourinot, born in Sydney, N.S., was educated at Trinity College, Toronto where he received his B.A., 1857. He was the official reporter of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly, 1860-1867, and founder and editor of the Halifax Herald. In Ottawa, he served as shorthand writer to the Senate, 1868-1873, assistant clerk of the House of Commons, 1873-1880, and chief clerk of the House of Commons, 1880-1902.
He was secretary of the Royal Society of Canada, 1881, the honourary secretary therafter, and the president, 1892. He was the editor of the Makers of Canada series and the author of several books and articles, notably The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People: a Historical Review, 1881, Parliamentary Procedure and Practice in the Dominion of Canada, 1884, and A Manual of the Constitutional History of Canada from the earliest Period to 1901.
See: Encyclopedia Canadiana, vol. 2, p. 37; Canadian Encyclopedia, p. 211.
1. Sir John George Bourinot - Correspondence, 1881-1921 Royal Society of Canada, 1888-1904.
2. Lady Bourinot - Correspondence, 1891-1921 Victorian Order of Nurses, 1898.
3. Prime ministers - Canada - Correspondence, 1881-1921.
4. Governors general - Canada - Correspondence, 1881-1921.
5. Canada - Constitutional law, 1881-1921.
6. Society to the Clerk of the House of Commons - Records and correspondence, 1904.
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