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Biographers' index (J21) [textual record]. 


[ca. 1947-1969]

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

6.02 m of textual records.

Scope and content

Series consists of index tools compiled between 1947 and the early 1960s to assist in the preparation of William Lyon Mackenzie King's biography. The series contains two types of records: subject binders and a chronological card index. The subject binders provide an alphabetical listing of subjects which were thought to be useful for the biography. Subject headings cover a wide range of topics, from agriculture to the Second World War, as well as individuals of importance. Under each subject heading is a list of correspondence in which that particular subject is discussed. The list identifies the date of each letter as well as the correspondents. For correspondence written before 1930 there is a matching card in the chronological card index which provides a synopsis of the letter. The card index contains the precis cards used to summarize 'important' correspondence which was pulled for the use of the biographer. The cards were filed chronologically, and within each year, the cards were arranged alphabetically according to the name of the letter writer. Precis cards exist for the period 1880-1948, although after 1930 the number of precis cards declines significantly. The actual correspondence referred to in the subject binders and cards can likely be located in the Primary series correspondence (J1), but may also be located in the Prime Minister's Office correspondence series (J2) or the General correspondence series (J3). Material identified as collateral will likely be found in the Memoranda and notes series (J4). Researchers should consult the finding aids and indexes for those series in order to locate a specific item or related file.

Textual records
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from 1 to 31
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Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Textual records Finding aid is a file list, MSS0502-J21. MSS0502 (Electronic)