Communist Party of Canada fonds [multiple media]
Record Information – Brief
Communist Party of Canada fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R3137-0-5-E, MG28-IV4
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Sound recordings, Moving images, Objects (including medals and pins), Art, Photographs
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
- Item ID number:
- Link to this page:
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- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
13 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- Place of creation:
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
16.75 m of textual records.
38 microfilm reels
45 prints posters
902 photographs : b&w and col.
34 audio reels
1 film reel (10 min).
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- English, Russian
- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of National Office files; Convention and Central Committee files; Provincial files; Subject files; Trade union-labour files; Young Communist League; Printed material; Scrapbooks; Posters; Archives of Ontario records, 38 reels of microfilm. Fonds also consists of sound recordings of proceedings of meetings and conferences held by the Communist Party of Canada as well as speeches, talks and commentaries given by Tim Buck and other leaders of the Communist Party, 1950-[ca. 1976]. Also included is a 1945 film produced by the Communist Party of Canada entitled A better Canada. Photographs depict members and activities of the Communist Party of Canada, of the Labor Progressive Party, and of affiliate branches of these parties.
Microfilmed material is located on microfilm reels M-7376 to M-7413.
- Additional name(s):
- Biography/Administrative history:
Communist Party of Canada : The Communist Party of Canada (CPC), a political party, was founded as an underground organization in 1921 when 22 delegates from the Socialist Party of Canada, the Social-Democratic Party of Canada, the Socialist Party of North America and other associations met in Guelph, Ontario. As their actions were limited by law, it was decided to hold another convention in 1922 to organize a legal party, the Workers' Party of Canada, which would then act on their behalf. The CPC remained an underground organization known to its members as "Z" and the Workers' Party as "A", until the 1924 convention when they dropped the name Workers' Party and officially became the Communist Party of Canada. The Party has been declared illegal by the Government of Canada three times in its history. The first time was by the War Measures Act in 1918, and thus the use of the name Workers' Party until 1924. The second was in 1931 when the Bennett Government used Section 98 of the Criminal Code to outlaw the Party. The CPC remained underground until public pressure forced the Government to repeal Section 98 in 1936. The Party was outlawed a third time in 1940 under the Defence of Canada Regulations by an Order in Council (P.C. 2363). At that time it changed its name to the Labor-Progressive Party which it retained until 1959 when it returned to the CPC name. The CPC has been associated with the Trade Union Educational League (TUEL), the Canadian Labor Defence League (CLDL, which became the National Council of Democratic Rights in 1940), Canadian Friends of Soviet Russia, the Workers' Unity League, the Farmers Unity League and other organizations. The Young Workers' League held its first convention in 1923 and changed its name to the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1924. The YCL retained its name until it was temporarily disbanded in 1964 and was replaced by the National Youth Commission in 1965. In 1969 the YCL was reinstated.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Paper) The finding aid is a list of file titles. MSS1481 (90: Open)Textual records (Electronic) Finding aid. MSS1481 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000241.pdfHalf-tone printing plate: (Paper) Biography of Norman Bethune in accession file. MSS1391Photographs: (Paper) See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number." FA-500Sound recordings and moving images: (Electronic) See MISACS for item level descriptions.(Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90: Open)
http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_104464?usrlang=en(Electronic) Les documents décrits ont été complètement ou en partie numérisés et sont disponibles à l'adresse suivante : (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- The papers, 1905-1982, were received between 1980 and 1983 from the Communist Party of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, and microfilmed in 1984. Thirty-eight reels of microfilm were received in 1982 from the Archives of Ontario. The sound recordings, film, and some photographs were received from Gerry Van Hooten in 1985., This MIKAN entry describes the processed records in the CPC fonds only. Researchers wishing to see a description of the unprocessed records, should consult the yellow pages of the CPC inventory entry or the Political Archives Section.
- Availability of other formats note:
- The papers, 1905-1982, are also available on 16 mm microfilm, reels H-1575 to H-1648.
- Restrictions on access note:
- Photographs: Clients may only access photographs that are older than 30 years.
- Subject heading:
- Political parties - Canada, n.d., 1905-1982 Workers Calendar, [between 1934 and 1970]
- Communist Party of Canada - Conventions, 1921-1982 Stratford Strike, [between 1934 and 1970]
- Communist Party - Alberta, 1931-1979 Young Communist League, 1926-1979
- Communist Party - British Columbia, 1931-1979 Canadian Seamen's Union, n.d., 1910, 1920-1974
- Communist Party - Manitoba, 1931-1979 International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, 1918-1981
- Communist Party - Ontario, 1931-1979 Canada. Royal Commission on Taxation, 1918-1981
- Communist Party - Quebec (Province), 1931-1979 Communist Party of Canada. National Executive Committee, 1921-1982
- Communist Party - Saskatchewan, 1931-1979 Communist Party of Canada. Central Committee, 1921-1982
- Taxation, 1918-1981 Communist Party of Canada. National Office, 1918-1982
- Trade-unions - Canada, n.d., 1910, 1920-1974 Charles Lipton, [between 1918 and 1982]
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Ordering and Viewing Options
- Conditions of access:
All photographs: written permission is necessary to obtain reproductions. The permission can be obtained from the Communist Party of Canada (see accession file for contact information). Please note that the permission to view the collection does not included the right to obtain copies of documents. Explicit permission to make copies must be obtained. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old; copyright expired on items more than 50 years old.
Half-tone plate: no restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Sound recordings: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder. Records over 30 years of age can be copied for research purposes without the permission of the donor. The reproduction of records under 30 years of age or records being used for non-research purposes also requires the written permission of the Communist Party of Canada or the written permission of the Cecil-Ross Society.
Moving images: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder. Reproduction for non-research purposes also requires the written permission of the Communist Party of Canada or the written permission of the Cecil-Ross Society.
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