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Gordon Churchill fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 



Place of creation


21.80 m of textual records.
208 photographs b&w.
4 prints offset lithograph posters.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of political correspondence; memoirs; war papers. Fonds also contains photographic material depicting aspects of the political career of the Honorable Gordon Churchill, M.P., Minister of Trade and Commerce, 1957-1960; Minister of Veterans' Affairs, 1960-1963; Minister of National Defence, 1963; Lieutenant Gordon Churchill and fellow officers of the Manitoba Horse, Camp Hughes, Manitoba, 1935; Major Gordon Churchill, Fort Garry Horse, Camp Borden, Ontario, 1940; group photos of officers of the 1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment; Oldenburg, Germany, 1945; Gordon Churchill with Richard Hatfield; Trade Mission to Great Britain; cabinet ministers of Diefenbaker's government; M.P.'s being sworn in after the 1951 by-elections. Some photographs by Abbass Studio, Capital Press, Department of National Defence, Fednews, and Shedden. Fonds also inlcudes prints of three Gordon Churchill election posters and one poster for the Churchill Memorial Trust Fund.

Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-125781
Restrictions not set
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-125786
Restrictions not set
Textual records
18: Restricted
from 1 to 80
from 83 to 104
from 106 to 108
90: Open
Textual records
18: Restricted
from 81 to 82
18: Restricted
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: no restrictions on use or reproduction. Various copyrights on items less that 50 years old; copyright expired on items greater than 50 years old. Credit: name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / copy negative number.
Prints: no restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright unknown. Credit: National Archives of Canada.

Textual records The finding aid is a file list for the entire unit. MSS0867 90 (Electronic)

Prints: Item-level descriptions on line in Minisis. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Gordon M. Churchill, cabinet minister, was born in Coldwater, Ont. and educated at the University of Manitoba. He was a school teacher and principal, 1928-1938. He enlisted in the 203rd Battalion in Winnipeg in 1916. He served overseas as Vickers Machine Gunner, 1916-1919, and from 1939-1945 with the Fort Garry Horse and as C.O. 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment in North West Europe. In 1945, Colonel Churchill became Dean of the Faculty of Khaki University in England. In 1946 he took a seat in the Manitoba Legislature and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1950.

Churchill was first elected to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1951 for Winnipeg South Centre. In 1957 he was appointed Minister of Trade and Commerce in the Diefenbaker administration, and subsequently became Minister of Veterans' Affairs, 1960, Conservative Party House Leader, 1960, and Minister of National Defence, February-April 1963. He retained his seat in Parliament until the election of 1968, at which he was not a candidate.

See: Johnson, Directory of Parliament, p. 120.

Additional information

Received in 1978 and 1984 from the Hon. Gordon M. Churchill of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Availability of other formats note
Copy negatives available PA-125786, PA-125781.

Subject heading

1. Politicians - Manitoba, 1945-1951 Canada. Army. 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, 1945.
2. Manitoba - Politics and government, 1945-1975 Conservative Party of Canada, 1945-1975.
3. Cabinet ministers - Canada, 1957-1963 Canada. Minister of Veterans Affairs, 1960-1963.
4. Canada - Commerce, 1957-1960 Canada. Minister of Trade and Commerce, 1957-1963.
5. Veterans - Canada, 1960-1963 Canada. Minister of National Defence, 1963.
6. Canada - Military policy, 1963.
7. Canada - Defenses, 1963.
8. World War, 1914-1918 Canada.
9. World War II - Canada.
10. World War, 1914-1918 - Diaries.
11. Gordon M. Churcill - Diaries, 1916-1917.
12. Education - Canada, 1945.
13. Education, Higher - Canada, 1945.
14. Gordon M. Churchill - Autobiography, n.d.
15. Politics and government Canada
16. Politique et gouvernement Canada
17. Khaki University of Canada.
18. Politicians Canada.
19. Hommes politiques Canada.
20. Canada. Army. 1st Machine Gun Battalion, 1916-1917.
21. Armed Forces. Canada
22. Forces armées. Canada


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1973-124 NPC
2. 1980-104 NPC
3. 1982-111 PIC
4. 1984-116 NPC