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Description found in Archives

Gordon Robertson fonds [multiple media]. 

Date(s)

1837-1980

Place of creation

Ontario

13.8 m of textual records.
40 photographs b&w.
2 postal covers.
2 maps.
1 audio reel (27 min).

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the following series of textual records, n.d., 1837-1980: External Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Privy Council Office, Northern Affairs, Cabinet, diary copies, the Constitution, and Quebec. Fonds also contains photographs and postal covers, ca. 1881-1961. The photographs pertain to events, subjects and personalities associated with the career of Gordon Robertson and include: Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, 1945-1949; Member of the Cabinet Secretariat, Privy Council Office, 1949-1951; Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Privy Council Office, 1951-1953; Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, 1953-1963; Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, 1953-1963; views of Ottawa, Ont.; members of the Federal District Commission touring Ottawa, Ont., 10 June 1949; activities of Mackenzie King, 1881-1948; Federal-Provincial Constitutional Conference, Quebec City, Que., 1950; Northwest Territories Mace presented to the Council of the Northwest Territories at Aklavik, N.W.T., 1956; Gordon Robertson receiving an honourary LL.D degree at the Golden Jubilee Convocation of the University of Saskatchewan, 29 September 1959. The photographs are by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, Ottawa; John Argue; Yousuf Karsh, Ottawa; Malak Photographs, Ottawa; National Film Board of Canada. The postal covers are cached first day covers for the 1959 - "50th anniversary of the first flight in Canada", and for the 1961 - "Resources for Tomorrow" commemorative stamp issues. Fonds also contains maps and a sound recording. The maps are of Europe and the Near East, 1943; and of Dixon Entrance, British Columbia, n.d., both by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. The sound recording is of a speech by Robertson at the opening session of the Northwest Territories Council, in Ottawa, 14 July 1958.

Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
Many files/volumes are available to rese
archers: please consult the restricted access form.

http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/pdf/pd

f001/r000001127.pdf
Cartographic material
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
Volume
from 71 to 103
99: Closed pending processing
Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
Volume
from 104 to 110
99: Closed pending processing
Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
Box
2001088981 Item no. assigned by LAC 1
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
Box
C65
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
Box
C65
90: Open
Sound recordings
99: Closed pending processing
Volume
111
99: Closed pending processing
Graphic (art)
99: Closed pending processing
Volume
110
99: Closed pending processing
Object
99: Closed pending processing
Volume
112
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs by Y. Karsh: See accession 1987-054.
Other photographs: No donor restrictions. Various copyrights on item 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.
Postal covers (first day covers): No donor restrictions. Copyright: Canada Post Corporation.
Cartographic material: Credit Library and Archives Canada. No restrictions on access.
Sound recording: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder until 2011 and the written permission of the donor.

Textual records Finding aid 1871 is a file list. The finding aid also includes lists of transferred materials. MSS1871 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000443.pdf

Selected postal covers (first day covers) Descriptions; available online; item level. (Electronic)

Cartographic material An itemized listing is available in the main reference room. 912009. 90 (Paper)

Sound recording: See MISACS for item level description. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

(Robert) Gordon Robertson, public servant, was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan, on 19 May 1917, to John Gordon and Lydia Adelia (Paulson) Robertson. Robertson acquired a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1938, a B.A. Juris in 1940 from Oxford University of Great Britain as a Rhodes scholar and an M.A. in 1941 from the University of Toronto. In addition, he received an honorary L.L.D. from the universities of Saskatchewan (1959) and McGill (1963).

Robertson began his career as a public servant in the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa in 1941 as Third Secretary and then as Assistant to the Under-Secretary of State. As Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister (1945-1949), Robertson functioned as an advisor to Mackenzie King. From 1949 to 1953 he served the Privy Council Office as a Member of the Cabinet Secretariat and then as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet. He was Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources and Commissioner of the Northwest Territories from 1953 to 1963. Constitutional matters became the focus of the last sixteen years of Robertson's career as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (1963 to 1975) and Secretary to the Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations (1975-1979). Following his career in the federal government, Robertson was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy from 1980-1984.

Additional information

Acquired in 1991 from R. Gordon Robertson of Ottawa, Ontario.

Arrangement note
Photographs: Organized into four series.

Reproduction note
Cartographic material: No reproduction or use until copyright expires in 2033.

Subject heading

1. Canada - Officials and employees, [1941-1979] Federal-Provincial Relations Office. Special Unit, 1976-1979.
2. Citizenship - Canada, [1925-1963] Parti Québecois, 19756-1979.
3. Japanese - Canada, [1925-1963] René Lévesque, [1942-1979]
4. East Indians - Canada, [1925-1963] Bill C-60, [1975-1980]
5. Aliens, Illegal - Canada, [1925-1963] Liberal Party of Canada, 1979.
6. Irish Canadians, [1925-1963] McDonald Commission, 1975-1980.
7. Canada - Commerce, [1925-1963] Sir John Franklin, [1851-1889]
8. Canada - Foreign relations - Soviet Union, [1925-1963] International Law Commission, [1950-1963]
9. Canada - Foreign relations - Germany, [1925-1963] Glassco Commission, [1950-1963]
10. Claims, [1925-1963] Canada Council, [1950-1963]
11. Legislation - Canada, [1915-1949] Erik Nielsen, [1851-1889]
12. Canada. Parliament - Rules and practice, [1915-1949] Vincent Massey, [1837-1961]
13. Governors general - Canada, [1915-1949] Viscount Tunis, [1837-1961]
14. Canada - Officials and employees, [1915-1949] Canada. Privy Council, n.d., 1837-1961.
15. Louis St. Laurent - Oratory, [1915-1949] Canada. Dept. of External Affairs, n.d., 1925-1963.
16. Canada - Emigration and immigration, [1915-1949] Niagara Falls Peace Bridge Commission, [1915-1949]
17. United States - Foreign relations - Soviet Union, [1915-1949] Newfoundland, [1915-1949]
18. War Measures Act, [1915-1949] John Gordon Robertson, [1915-1949]
19. Alberta - Politics and government, [1915-1949] Gouzenko, [1915-1949]
20. Saskatchewan - Politics and government, [1915-1949] Mackenzie King, [1915-1949]
21. Lieutenant governors - Canada, [1837-1961] Lester B. Pearson, [1925-1963]
22. Governors general - Canada, [1837-1961] Farley Mowat, [1925-1963]
23. King George VI - Death and burial, [1837-1961] Argentina, [1925-1963]
24. Territorial waters - Canada, [1950-1963] Psychological Warfare Committee, [1925-1963]
25. Education - Northwest Territories, [1950-1963]
26. Arctic regions - Exploring expedtions, [1851-1889]
27. Strikes and lockouts - Postal service - Canada, [1963-1974]
28. Strikes and lockouts - Railroads - Canada, [1963-1974]
29. Power resources - Canada, [1963-1974]
30. Petroleum law and legislation - Canada, [1963-1974]
31. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975, [1963-1974]
32. Bilingualism, [1968-1974]
33. Human rights - Law and legislation, [1968-1974]
34. Women - Legal status, laws, etc., [1968-1974]
35. Civil rights - Canada, [1968-1974]
36. Labour - Canada, [1968-1974]
37. Environmental policy - Canada, [1968-1974]
38. Social welfare - Canada, [1968-1974]
39. Diplomatic and consular service - Reform, [1968-1984]
40. Commonwealth, [1968-1984]
41. Cultural associations - Canada, [1968-1984]
42. Canada - Constitutional law - Amendments, [1968-1984]
43. Quebec (Province) - History - October Crisis, 1970.
44. War Measures Act, 1970.
45. Prime Ministers - Canada - Resignation, 1979.
46. Canada - Officials and employees - Selection and appointment, [1975-1980]
47. Administrative agencies - Reorganization, [1975-1980]
48. Administrative agencies - Canada, [1975-1980]
49. Canada. Parliament - Elections, 1979.
50. Federal-provincial relations, [1975-1980]
51. Quebec (Province) - Languages - Law and legislation, [1975-1980]
52. Quebec (Province) - History - Autonomy and independence movements, [1975-1980]
53. Bilingualism - Law and legislation - Canada, [1975-1980]
54. Canada - Constitution, [1890-1900. 1935-1952]
55. Canada. British North America Act, [1890-1900, 1935-1952]
56. Federal-provincial conferences - Canada, [1890-1900, 1935-1952]
57. Constitutional Conferences, [1890-1900, 1935-1952]
58. Prime ministers - Canada - Provinces, [1950-1965, 1972-1980]
59. Canadian unity, [1950-1965, 1972-1980]
60. Quebec referendum - Federal strategy, [1972-1980]
61. Quebec (Province) - Economic policy, [1942-1979]
62. Quebec (Province) - Social policy, [1942-1979]
63. Politics and government Canada
64. Politique et gouvernement Canada

Private

Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1992-0101 MISA
2. 1992-495 DAP
3. 119-020061-9
4. 120-080032-X
5. 2006-00742-4