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Canada West. Provincial Secretary's Office fonds
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CA ON00239 F01785
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- Canada West. Provincial Secretary's Office
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220 microfilm reels : positive
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At the union of Upper and Lower Canada in 1841, the division of responsibilities between the offices of Civil Secretary and of Provincial Secretary and registrar was clarified, confirming an evolutionary trend. Where the Civil Secretary had been the principal channel of communication for the government before the Union, after 1841 the Provincial Secretary's office was the focus. This evolution in the bureaucracy paralleled and reflected the development of responsible government in the political arena.
While the office of the Civil Secretary to the Governor was unified in 1841, that of the Provincial Secretary and Registrar continued a separation based on geography. The old territory of Lower Canada was now termed Canada East and the old Upper Canada, Canada West. Parallel record-keeping systems were established by the Provincial Secretaries, using a numbered file registry system.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of letters, petitions, reports, returns and other documents recieved in the office of the Provincial Secretary and Registrar for Canada West. Letterbooks contain outgoing correspondence from the Provincial Secretary's Office.
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Purchased - Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund.
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Originals located at the National Archives of Canada.
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Queen's University Archives provides this material for personal study only. It does not provide research services for this material. Permission to publish must be obtained from the National Archives of Canada.
No further accruals are expected