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Arthur Meighen fonds [textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

27.6 m of textual records.

Scope and content

The Meighen fonds is far from complete and there are a number of important gaps. There is little material (vol. 273) relating to his career before 1917. For the period 1917 to 1920, there is comparatively little regarding federal politics, including the federal election of 1917, war-time legislation and the policies and personnel of the Union Government. The period 1920 to 1926 is covered in considerable detail. The papers largely consist of correspondence with approximately 70 percent of the correspondence for the 1920 to 1926 period. Also included are papers relating to personal finances, 1878-1945 and letters from Arthur Meighen to his son, T.R. Meighen, 1923-1953.

Textual records
Microfilm reel C-4831
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Terms of use

Volumes 1-272 (originals) have been withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use the microfilm.

Textual records The finding aid consists of a file list by series including a microfilm conversion list. The finding aid is also available on microfilm reel C-4236. Indexes for volumes 1-246 are available on microfilm, reels C-4830 to C-4835. They consist of nominal (reels C-4830 to C-4831) subject (reels C-4831 to C-4833) and chronological indexes (C-4834 to C-4835). This index is available on the Prime Ministers CD-ROM. The subject list used in indexing the papers is available on reel C-4650. MSS0106 90 (Microform)

Textual records: Finding aid; file list, vols. 1 to 273; MSS0106 (Electronic)

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

Prime Minister of Canada

Arthur Meighen, born at Anderson, Perth County, Ont., studied law at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1896. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1908 and entered Sir Robert L. Borden's cabinet in 1913. After serving in various cabinet posts, Meighen became Prime Minister upon Borden's retirement in July 1920. His governments were short-lived; they were defeated in 1921, and then, within the same year as its formation, in 1926. He was appointed to the Senate, 1932, and led the Conservative Party again for a short time, November 1941 to the end of 1942.

Meighen pursued a distinguished business career as President and general counsel of Canadian General Securities Ltd., President of the London and Western Trust Company and a holder of various other directorships. He died at his home in Toronto in August 1960.

Additional information

The Meighen papers were received in 1951. Additional items were received in 1960 from the Meighen estate, in 1962 from Professor W.R. Graham, in 1965 from Maxwell Meighen, in 1973 from Elsie Thoms (vol. 273, file 1) and in 1991 from Margaret de Lancey Molson (vol. 273, files 3-37).

Availability of other formats note
Volumes 1-272 of the Meighen paper are available on 144 reels of microfilm, reels C-3214 to C-3230; C-3428 to C-3464; C-3466 to C-3479; C-3550 to C-3601; C-4160 to C-4184.

Subject heading

1. Cabinet ministers - Canada, 1920-1921, 1926 Canada. Dept. of the Interior, 1917-1920.
2. War, Declaration of, 1914 Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs, 1917-1920.
3. Canada - Foreign relations, 1920-1921 Canada. Prime Minister, 1920-1921, 1926.
4. Railroads - Canada, 1920-1922, 1926 Conservative Party of Canada, 1908-1942.
5. Elections - Canada, 1921-1926 Canada. Dept. of Mines, 1917.
6. Political parties - Canada - Provinces, 1922-1926 Canada. Parliament. Senate, 1932-1942.
7. Tariff - Canada, 1922-1926 James Fewings, 1925.
8. Arthur Meighen - Finance, Personal, 1878-1945 Harold Daly, 1938-1958.
9. Mines and mineral resources - Canada, 1917 T.R. Meighen, 1923-1953.
10. Political leadership - Canada, 1908-1954 Winston Churchill, 1921.
11. Canada. Parliament - Elections, 1921 Louis St-Laurent, 1943.
12. Canada. Parliament - Elections, 1926.
13. Canada. Parliament - Elections, 1925.
14. Tariff - Canada, 1922-1926.
15. Political oratory - Canada, [19-]
16. Canada - Officials and employees, 1920-1941.
17. Investments, 1878-1945.
18. Politics and government Canada
19. Canada. Secretary of State.
20. Politicians Canada.
21. Nye, Archibald, ca. 1953-1954.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1951-026 PIC
2. 1966-114 NPC
3. 1992-299 DAP
4. 119-020114-3
5. 120-080466-X