Minute books of the Council [textual record]
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Minute books of the Council [textual record]
- Hierarchical level:
- R10808-5-1-E, RG1-E1
- Type of material:
- Textual material
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Series includes:
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- Place of creation:
- Québec (Province)
- 66.2 cm of textual records; 41.5 cm transcripts
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- Scope and content:
Series consists of minute books of the Council meeting in its legislative and executive capacities during the period 1764-1775. These minutes document the deliberations and decisions of the Governor and Council concerning both state and land matters. During these years deliberations of the Council were not recorded in two separate sets of books, as was the case after the constitution created under the Quebec Act came into force. Rather, a single set of minutes documents both the legislative and executive functions of the Council. Some volumes contain a rough index or table of contents. The subject entries in such indexes reflect contemporary concepts and follow no known standard. The Council met for the first time in August 1764. Its immediate task was to advise and assist the Governor in establishing the local institutions and infrastructure of civil government, including courts and a system for the administration of justice for the Province. The minutes of the earliest Council meetings document this task. As the government evolved, a broad range of issues came to occupy the Council. Questions requiring the expert opinion of officials who did not sit on the Council were referred to them for report and the findings entered into the minutes. As the volume of business presented to the Council increased, committees were nominated to investigate issues as they arose, and their findings were presented to the Council and entered as reports into the minutes. Business was brought before the Governor in Council by means of submissions. These usually took the form of: petitions or memorials from individuals or groups requesting a specific benefit such as a land grant; reports from officials; or reports from committees or sub-committees of Council. The deliberations and decisions of the Governor and Council were recorded as minutes. Minutes of decisions, when written out in the form of extracts from the minute books (i.e., orders-in-council) served as authority for actions. The series includes both original minutes (vols. 105-107) and transcripts (vols. 1-5). The latter are certified typed copies of the originals, prepared by the National Archives in the period prior to the microfilming of the originals, in order to avoid damage to the originals from frequent use. Although they are copies, these transcripts have been accorded the status of records in their own right within this series and assigned permanent volume numbers accordingly. The transcripts include marginal notations of the corresponding page or folio numbers for the original text. Volume 116 is a draft analytical index to the contents of volumes 105-107. It provides nominal and subject references. Entries in this index refer to the minute books according to their contemporary alphabetical designations (A, B, C), not according to volume numbers assigned by the National Archives.
- Finding aid:
(Paper) The CAB RG 1 Shelf List (see RG 1, E1 section) is a typed volume-level description which provides volume titles and inclusive dates and corresponding microfilm reel numbers. The Shelf List also correlates the current volume number (assigned by Library and Archives) to the letter designation (A, B, C) assigned to each volume by the records creators. CAB RG1 Shelf List (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- Preferred citation note:
- Suggestions on proper citation style for the records in this series are provided in the CAB RG 1 Shelf List (see RG 1, E1 section).
- Availability of other formats note:
- Microfilmed copies of vols. 105-107 (i.e., the originals in this series only, not the transcripts or the draft analytical index) are available on reel C-85. Microfilming was completed in 1951.
- Series title note:
- The date in the series title refers to the period during which the Council existed, and not to the inclusive dates of the records (although in this case the two are the same).
- Related material:
- Contemporary copies of Council minutes may be found as enclosures to despatches from the Governor to the Colonial Office. These are found in the series CO 42, Canada, formerly British North America, Original Correspondence (MG11-CO42), in the Colonial Office fonds or in the Duplicate Despatches fonds (MG40-A2). The following series, all found elsewhere within this fonds, include material related to the various functions of the Council during the period 1764-1775: State and Land Submissions and Reports to the Councils of the Province of Quebec series; Submissions to and Reports of the Councils of the Province of Quebec relating to the Audit of Provincial Public Accounts series; Judicial Records of the Councils of the Province of Quebec series; and Records of the Councils of the Province of Quebec relating to Highways, Roads and Bridges series.
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- Conditions of access:
In order to protect the fragile originals, some records in this series have been microfilmed and the originals withdrawn from circulation. The microfilm must be used for consultation and copying rather than the originals.
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