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Post Office Department fonds [multiple media]. 



Place of creation


ca. 664.75 m of textual records.
326 microfilm reels.
7154 photographs b&w.
2464 postal covers and other philatelic material.
33 v.
2 computer optical discs.
5231 architectural drawings.
222 technical drawwings.
41 maps.
6 folders of philatelic records.
5 commemorative sets : stamps and coins.
24 reproductions : posters and other graphic material.
2 metal boxes.
12 stamp cards.
4 calling cards.
2 letter writing kits (2 postage stamp booklets).
6 p.
423 film reels (ca. 164 h, 58 min, 54 s)
101 videocassettes (ca. 29 h, 41 min): 3/4 inch, Betacam
27 audio cassettes (ca. 22 h, 40 min)
2 audio discs (__ h)
8 audio reels (ca. 6 h, 40 min)

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records created and/or maintained by the Post Office Department and its predecessors. Researchers are cautioned that unprocessed textual records and records in other media may not be reflected in this description. Moving images consist of a variety of films depicting the history and philatelic activities of the Post Office Department, now known as the Canada Post Corporation. Includes interviews of Canada Post executives and various training films. There are also several commercials on the Olympic coin program. Sound recordings include oral history interviews, speeches and proceedings of events relating to the history of Canada's Postal services. There are also interviews with Canadian philatelists and former Canada Post employees.

Multiple media - for use in descriptive records only
96: Restrictions vary
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown. Copyright of philatelic records : Canada Post Corporation and other postal administrations as well as Wildlife Habitat Canada. Copyright of sound recordings : Universal Music Canada. Copyright of coins : Royal Canadian Mint.
Credit : Library and Archives Canada.

Finding aids are available. See lower level descriptions and accession records in ArchiviaNet (the NA website). (Other)

Biography / Administrative history

Prior to 1851, the Post Office Department in British North America was an overseas extension of the General Post Office of Great Britain. In 1849 the Imperial Parliament passed "An Act for enabling colonial legislatures to establish Inland Posts" (Gt. Brit. 12 & 13 Vic [1849], c.66). This legislation was followed in the Province of Canada by "An Act to provide for the transfer of the management of Inland Posts to the Provincial Government, and for the regulation of the said Department" (13 & 14 Vic. [1850]). Similar legislation was passed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, and control of the Post Office passed to those Colonial governments in 1851.

With Confederation in 1867, the post office departments in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were amalgamated with that of Ontario and Québec and new legislation, "An Act for the regulation of the postal service (31 Vic.[1867], c.10) was passed. When British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and much later, Newfoundland, joined Canada, the existing colonial postal administration was absorbed by the larger Canadian administration. The Post Office Department continued as a government department until 1981, when it became a Crown Corporation called the Canada Post Corporation. Statutes of Canada, 1980-81, c.54

Additional information

Physical description note
Consists also of 14 prints : postcards, 4 reproductions : stickers, 4 reproductions, 3 photographs, 3 drawings, 3 watercolours and 1 collage.

Source of title
RSC 1970, c.P-14, s.3

Further accruals are expected.

Philatelic note
Consists also of 1980 postage stamps, 1055 panes of postage stamps, 672 postage stamp booklets, 643 postal stationery items, 172 strips of postage stamps, 117 blocks of postage stamps, 104 pairs of postage stamps, 52 sheets of postage stamps, 22 revenue stamps, 6 panes of revenue stamps and 2 international reply coupons.


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