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Files maintained by Robert Hamilton Coats and Herbert Marshall [textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.4 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of files from Herbert Marshall and Robert Hamilton Coats during their tenure as Dominion Statistician. Some files (Volumes 1417 and 1418) were Coats created files separated by Marshall. Others consist of files began by Coats and continued by Marshall (Accession 1989-90/133). In general, the files contain correspondence, statistics, etc, covering pensions; the census of population, agriculture and industry; the organization and history of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics; health statistics; conferences and exhibitions; the taking of the 1931 census etc.

Textual records
90: Open
from 1417 to 1418
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Finding aid 31-14 is a typed file list relating to volumes 1417-1418. 31-14 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

In 1902, Robert Hamilton Coats became the associate editor of the Department of Labour's Labour Gazette, where he was responsible for the publication of information relating to labour market conditions, and related subjects, in Canada. He was appointed Chief Statistician, Department of Labour in 1912, and on 19 June 1915, Coats was named Dominion Statistician and Controller of the Census in the Department of Trade and Commerce. When the Dominion Bureau of Statistics was created in 1918, Coats became the Dominion Statistician of the new organization. Coats retired from this position on 25 January 1942. In recognition of his years of public service, he was designated `Dominion Statistician Emeritus', a position which took effect 6 months after his retirement. In 1921, Herbert Marshall started with the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in the Internal Trade Statistics Branch. Marshall rapidly became Chief of the Branch, and in 1939 he won the Gold Medal of the Professional Institute of the Civil Service of Canada for his pioneering work with the Canadian balance of payments during the interwar years. In 1942, he was named Assistant Dominion Statistician, and upon SA Cudmore's death in 1945, he became Dominion Statistician, a role he filled until 1956.

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the sub-series.

No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For further information on RH Coats, see also the Robert Hamilton Coats fonds maintained by the Canadian Archives Branch (MIKAN record 102379).


Related control no.

1. 1989-90/133 GAD
2. 117-000133-4
3. RG31-A