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Bora Laskin fonds [textual record, graphic material, architectural drawing]. 



Place of creation


15 m of textual records.
37 photographs : col. and b&w.
3 architectural drawings.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of textual records, n.d., 1891-1983, in the following series: Student notes, Teaching material and research notes, Correspondence, Legal opinions and judgments, Supreme Court of Canada administration files, Speeches, Industrial Standards Act Inquiry and Canadian Judicial Council records. Fonds also contains photographs depicting events during the legal career of Bora Laskin, particularly during his term of office as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The following subjects are documented: Bora Laskin and other recipients of honourary degrees at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1966; Bora Laskin and other members of the Appellate Judges Seminar held at the New York University School of Law, 1970; portrait of Bora Laskin, 1974; group photographs of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Conference Room and the Court Room of the Supreme Court, Ottawa, 1978; group photographs of Rt. Hon. Jules Leger, Governor General, and Madame Leger with Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada and their wives on the steps of the Supreme Court, Ottawa, 1978; Bora Laskin signing an autograph for Amy Wright at the Wright Memorial Lecture, University of Toronto, 1982; views of the architectural model showing proposed alterations to the Supreme Court Library, Ottawa, 1982; Bora Laskin and Peggy Clare during the meetings of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1983. The photographs are by unknown photographers and by the following: Mrs. Shomul Katz; Malak, Ottawa; Newton, Ottawa; New York University; Toronto Star, Toronto; E.R. Yerbury & Sons, Edinburgh. Fonds also contains floor plans showing the proposed renovations to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1974.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Architectural: technical drawings
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No donor restrictions. Various copyrights 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.
Architectural drawings: No donor restrictions.

Textual records Finding aid 1870 prepared by Normand Laplante is a descriptive file list. MSS1870 90 (Electronic)

Photographs Copies of relevant documents from the textual records in the Bora Laskin fonds; accession file; item-level. 90 (Paper)

Architectural drawings An itemized listing is available for consultation and the collection is indexed according to building type. 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Born on 5 October 1912 in Fort William, Ontario, Bora Laskin, professor of law, Chief Justice of Canada, judge, studied law at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and Harvard University Law School. He taught at the University of Toronto (1940-1945, 1949-1965) and the Osgoode Hall Law School (1945-1949). During his years as a professor of law, Laskin earned a national reputation in the field of labour law, constitutional law and civil rights legislation. Laskin was President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (1964-1965). He also served as an arbitrator on a number of Boards of inquiry and arbitration over labour disputes from the 1940's to the mid-1960's.

During these years, Laskin authored Canadian Constitutional Law: Cases and Text on Disbribution of Legislative Power (1st edition - 1951) and numerous articles for legal journals. In 1965, Laskin was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. From 1965-1969, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Laskin to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1970. Laskin became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1975, a position he held until his death in 1984. Bora Laskin received many honourary degrees and awards from Canadian and foreign universities and associations during his legal career.

Additional information

Received in 1991 from Barbara Laskin and John I. Laskin.

Restrictions on access note
Library and Archives Canada is currently in the process of reviewing the access conditions for the Bora Laskin fonds

Associated material note
Publications: University of Toronto Law Library.

Subject heading

1. Judges - Canada, [1965-1983] Ontario Municipal Board, [1936-1937]
2. Judges - Ontario, [1965-1970] Canada. Supreme Court, [1970-1984]
3. Judgements - Canada, 1970-1983 Ontario Court of Appeal, 1965-1970.
4. Labour disputes - Ontario, 1946-1964 Industrial Standards Act Inquiry, 1961-1963.
5. Arbitration, Industrial - Ontario, 1946-1964 Canadian Judicial Council, n.d., 1969-1981.
6. Canada - Constitution, [1922-1981]
7. Labour laws and legislation - Canada, [1922-1981]
8. Lawyers - Canada, [1922-1981]


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1992-353 DAP
2. 119-020044-9