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Eugene Forsey fonds [multiple media]. 


1818, 1847-1991

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

12.48 m of textual records.
2138 photographs : b&w and col.
177 prints : half-tone photomechanical.
2 etchings.
11 maps.
27 dictabelts (ca. 13 h).
5 audio reels (2 h, 30 min).
1 audio cassette (ca. 1 h).

Scope and content

Fonds consists of nominal and chronological correspondences, 1921-1984; personal correspondence, 1906, 1926-1990; articles, speeches, reviews and letters to the editor, 1925-1990; subject files, 1847, 1854, 1886-1991; drafts and research material relating to Canadian labour history, 1919, 1962-1980; proceedings and correspondence relating to the Ontario Advisory Committee on Confederation, 1964-1970; correspondence relating to the Meech Lake Accord, 1986-1990; personal and family material; 1818, 1888-1990; and material found in the records of the Professor John M. Williams in the Centre for Election Studies at Waterloo University, 1966-1987. The fonds also contains photographs related to the life and career of Forsey, including events, activities, friends, and family. It includes photographs of Eugene Forsey, Rideau Hall, the Parliament Buildings, a variety of Canadian and international geographic locations, and an album of carte-de-visite portraits. Other graphic material in the fonds are a reproduction of a painting of the "L.A.Dunton" (J.B. Forte & Sons, Grand Banks); a proof etching by L.S. Russell, entitled, "Nocturne, Ottawa", 1939; 177 postcards from Newfoundland including greeting cards and views of other provinces; and a print by John H.F. Bacon, entitled, "The Homage-Giving: Westminster Abbey, August 9th, 1902". The fonds also contains sound recordings of talks by Forsey about the Canadian political system and notes dictated by Forsey for a book on Canadian history, 1959-[ca. 1980].

Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
Most volumes are open, please consult th
e Restricted Access Forms for further information.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Sound recordings
90: Open
Cartographic material
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
A170-02 Item no. assigned by LAC 2
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
PC-16 Item no. assigned by LAC 290
Item no. assigned by LAC 13
Item no. assigned by LAC 73; 82; 86
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions on photographs except those by Y. Karsh; for Karsh photographs, see accession 1987-054. Various copyright on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old.Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.
Art: No restrictions. Various copyright. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Sound recordings: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder.
Maps: No restrictions concerning access. Reproductions available as outlined in the Copyright Act.

Textual records Researchers please note that the finding aid is in two parts, neither of which is complete. The first part, last revised in 1994, covers volumes 1-64, inclusive. The second part, last revised in 2010, covers volumes 49-67, inclusive. MSS0712 90 (Electronic)

Sound recordings See MISACS for item level descriptions. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Eugene Forsey (1904-1991) was born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, and educated at Ottawa Collegiate, McGill University and Oxford (he was a Rhodes Scholar for Quebec in 1926). He was a lecturer in economics and political science at McGill, 1929-1941, and received his Ph.D. from McGill in 1941. From 1942-1966 he was Director of Research for the Canadian Congress of Labour and its successor, the Canadian Labour Congress, and he remained associated with the CLC as Special Project Director until 1969.

A founding member of the CCF, Forsey ran unsuccessfully as a CCF candidate for the Montreal City Council, 1940, the Ontario Legislative Assembly, 1945, and the House of Commons, 1948 and 1949. In 1970 he was appointed to the Senate by Pierre Trudeau, where he sat as a Liberal senator until his retirement in 1979. He continued to write and speak on constitutional and other issues almost until his death in 1991.

Forsey's principal publications include economic and social aspects of the Nova Scotia coal industry, 1926, The royal power of dissolution of parliament, 1943, Freedom and order, 1974, Trade unions in Canada, 1984, and his memoirs, A life on the fringe, 1990. He also wrote more than two hundred articles and a comparable number of letters to the editor.

Additional information

Received from Eugene Forsey, 1962-1985, and from the Estate of Eugene Forsey, 1992, and from Robert Williams, Professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Waterloo University, who was clearing out the records of his deceased collegue John M. Wilson, in 2008.

Related materials
Twelve published photographic albums were transferred to the National Library Rare Book Collection. They comprise of twelve weekly series of "Canada - A Portfolio of Original Photographic Views of Our Country (1894)."

Subject heading

1. Halifax, N.S. - Explosion, 1917 Saint John, N.B., 1911, 1933-1977.
2. Manitoba School Question, 1976, 1983-1987 Fredericton, N.B., [ca. 1915]
3. Quebec - Education, 1979-1990 Graham, Eglington, 1979-1990.
4. Canada Senate, 1943-1990.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1964-085 NPC
2. 1968-004 PIC
3. 1968-045 NPC
4. 1969-123 NPC
5. 1970-125 NPC
6. 1972-0004 MISA
7. 1972-124 NPC
8. 1981-0002 MISA
9. 1981-001 NPC
10. 1981-098 NPC
11. 1982-0131 MISA
12. 1982-162 PIC
13. 1992-632 DAP
14. 119-020120-8