Gordon Robertson fonds [multiple media]
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Gordon Robertson fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R5497-0-1-E, MG31-E87
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Stamps and stamp products, Maps and cartographic material, Sound recordings, Art, Objects (including medals and pins)
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
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- Place of creation:
20.7 m of textual records.
402 photographs : 238 b&w and 68 col.
1 album (96 photographs) : b&w and col.
1 audio cassette (ca. 40 min.).
2 postal covers.
1 print : col.
6 audio reels (ca. 58 min.).
3 audio discs (60 min.)
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- English, French
- Scope and content:
The fonds consists of the following eleven series: External Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Privy Council Office, Northern Affairs, Cabinet, Diary Copies, the Constitution, Quebec, Personal Documents, Post Retirement Career, and Publications and Speeches. The fonds includes records documenting the life and career of Gordon Robertson from his education, to the beginning of his career in 1941 at the Department of External Affairs, to his position as Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister from 1945-1949 for William Lyon Mackenzie King and Louis St. Laurent, to his early years in the Privy Council Office as a Member of the Cabinet Secretariat and then as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, to his years as Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources and Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and finally to his return to the Privy Council Office as Clerk and Secretary to the Cabinet and then Secretary to the Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations. Material from this period includes files related to the Federal Provincial Relations Office (FPRO) Special Unit on Québec. In addition the fonds contains personal family records, personal agendas and diaries, personal correspondence dating largely from the 1960s to 2001, certificates, diplomas and honorary degrees received throughout his career, files on his post-retirement career activities, and records documenting the many publications and articles he wrote and speeches he gave during his long career. The fonds contains photographs and postal covers, ca. 1881-1961. The photographs pertain to events, subjects and personalities associated with the career of Gordon Robertson and include: Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, 1945-1949; Member of the Cabinet Secretariat, Privy Council Office, 1949-1951; Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Privy Council Office, 1951-1953; Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, 1953-1963; Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, 1953-1963; views of Ottawa, Ont.; members of the Federal District Commission touring Ottawa, Ont., 10 June 1949; activities of Mackenzie King, 1881-1948; Federal-Provincial Constitutional Conference, Quebec City, Que., 1950; Northwest Territories Mace presented to the Council of the Northwest Territories at Aklavik, N.W.T., 1956; Gordon Robertson receiving an honourary LL.D degree at the Golden Jubilee Convocation of the University of Saskatchewan, 29 September 1959, albums from the celebration of Mr. Robertson's 10 years as Chancellor of Carleton University in 1990, Pierre Trudeau's official trip to Japan in May 1970, and Mr. Robertson's trip to Nigeria April-May 1973 while Clerk of the Pricy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet. The photographs are by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, Ottawa; John Argue; Yousuf Karsh, Ottawa; Malak Photographs, Ottawa; National Film Board of Canada. The postal covers are cached first day covers for the 1959 - "50th anniversary of the first flight in Canada", and for the 1961 - "Resources for Tomorrow" commemorative stamp issues. The fonds also contains maps and several sound recordings. The maps are of Europe and the Near East, 1943; and of Dixon Entrance, British Columbia, n.d., both by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. The sound recordings include a speech by Robertson at the opening session of the Northwest Territories Council, in Ottawa, 14 July 1958, a recording of the memorial service for Knut Lang May 8, 1964, farewell speeches in Inukvik upon Gordon Robertson's departure as High Commissioner of the Northwest Territories July 12, 1963, a May 2, 1973 interview with Mr. Robertson on "Matters of the Moment" regarding his trip to Nigeria, and a CBC interview with Mr. Robertson August 17, 1973. The fonds includes a mounted colour print of a winter scene looking toward Carleton University and the Dunton Tower from the Rideau River. The original was painted by John Webster. The print was a gift to Gordon Robertson for his work on a fund-raising committee.
- Additional name(s):
- Biography/Administrative history:
Robertson, Gordon, 1917-2013 : (Robert) Gordon Robertson, public servant, was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan, on 19 May 1917, to John Gordon and Lydia Adelia (Paulson) Robertson. Robertson acquired a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1938, a B.A. Juris in 1940 from Oxford University of Great Britain as a Rhodes Scholar and an M.A. in 1941 from the University of Toronto. In addition, he received an honorary L.L.D. from the universities of Saskatchewan (1959), McGill (1963), Dalhousie (1977), British Columbia (1982), Oxford (1983), and Carleton (1990), as well as from the Law Society of Upper Canada (1994). Robertson began his career as a public servant in the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa in 1941 as Third Secretary and then as Assistant to the Under-Secretary of State. As Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister (1945-1949), Robertson functioned as an advisor to Mackenzie King. From 1949 to 1953 he served the Privy Council Office as a Member of the Cabinet Secretariat and then as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet. He was Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources and Commissioner of the Northwest Territories from 1953 to 1963. Constitutional matters became the focus of the last sixteen years of Robertson's career as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (1963 to 1975) and Secretary to the Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations (1975-1979). Following his career in the federal government, Robertson was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy from 1980-1984. In addition, he served as Chancellor of Carleton University from 1980-1990. Gordon Robertson received the Vanier Medal in 1970 and the Companion of the Order of Canada in 1976. He passed away in Ottawa on January 15, 2013.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) Finding aid 1871 is a file list. The finding aid also includes lists of transferred materials. MSS1871 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000443.pdfSelected postal covers (first day covers) (Electronic) Descriptions; item level. available online;Cartographic material (Paper) An itemized listing is available in the main reference room. 912009. (90: Open)Sound recording: (Electronic) See MISACS for item level description.
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Acquired in 1991 from R. Gordon Robertson of Ottawa, Ontario.
- Arrangement note:
- Photographs: Organized into four series.
- Restrictions on access note:
- Cartographic material: No reproduction or use until copyright expires in 2033., Sound recording: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder until 2011 and the written permission of the donor.
- Related material:
- Photographs by Y. Karsh: See accession 1987-054.
- Subject heading:
- Canada. Parliament - Elections, 1979
- Women - Legal status, laws, etc
- Canada. Constitution
- Canada - Constitutional law - Amendments
- Canada - Officials and employees, [1941-1979] Federal-Provincial Relations Office. Special Unit, 1976-1979
- Citizenship - Canada, [1925-1963] Parti Québecois, 19756-1979
- Japanese - Canada, [1925-1963] René Lévesque, [1942-1979]
- East Indians - Canada, [1925-1963] Bill C-60, [1975-1980]
- Aliens, Illegal - Canada, [1925-1963] Liberal Party of Canada, 1979
- Irish Canadians, [1925-1963] McDonald Commission, 1975-1980
- Canada - Commerce, [1925-1963] Sir John Franklin, [1851-1889]
- Canada - Foreign relations - Soviet Union, [1925-1963] International Law Commission, [1950-1963]
- Canada - Foreign relations - Germany, [1925-1963] Glassco Commission, [1950-1963]
- Claims, [1925-1963] Canada Council, [1950-1963]
- Legislation - Canada, [1915-1949] Erik Nielsen, [1851-1889]
- Canada. Parliament - Rules and practice, [1915-1949] Vincent Massey, [1837-1961]
- Governors general - Canada, [1915-1949] Viscount Tunis, [1837-1961]
- Canada - Officials and employees, [1915-1949] Canada. Privy Council, n.d., 1837-1961
- Louis St. Laurent - Oratory, [1915-1949] Canada. Dept. of External Affairs, n.d., 1925-1963
- Canada - Emigration and immigration, [1915-1949] Niagara Falls Peace Bridge Commission, [1915-1949]
- United States - Foreign relations - Soviet Union, [1915-1949] Newfoundland, [1915-1949]
- War Measures Act, [1915-1949] John Gordon Robertson, [1915-1949]
- Alberta - Politics and government, [1915-1949] Gouzenko, [1915-1949]
- Saskatchewan - Politics and government, [1915-1949] Mackenzie King, [1915-1949]
- Lieutenant governors - Canada, [1837-1961] Lester B. Pearson, [1925-1963]
- King George VI - Death and burial, [1837-1961] Argentina, [1925-1963]
- Territorial waters - Canada, [1950-1963] Psychological Warfare Committee, [1925-1963]
- Education - Northwest Territories, [1950-1963]
- Arctic regions - Exploring expedtions, [1851-1889]
- Strikes and lockouts - Postal service - Canada, [1963-1974]
- Strikes and lockouts - Railroads - Canada, [1963-1974]
- Power resources - Canada, [1963-1974]
- Petroleum law and legislation - Canada, [1963-1974]
- Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975, [1963-1974]
- Human rights - Law and legislation, [1968-1974]
- Labour - Canada, [1968-1974]
- Environmental policy - Canada, [1968-1974]
- Social welfare - Canada, [1968-1974]
- Diplomatic and consular service - Reform, [1968-1984]
- Cultural associations - Canada, [1968-1984]
- Quebec (Province) - History - October Crisis, 1970
- War Measures Act, 1970
- Prime Ministers - Canada - Resignation, 1979
- Canada - Officials and employees - Selection and appointment, [1975-1980]
- Administrative agencies - Reorganization, [1975-1980]
- Administrative agencies - Canada, [1975-1980]
- Quebec (Province) - Languages - Law and legislation, [1975-1980]
- Quebec (Province) - History - Autonomy and independence movements, [1975-1980]
- Bilingualism - Law and legislation - Canada, [1975-1980]
- Canada. British North America Act, [1890-1900, 1935-1952]
- Federal-provincial conferences - Canada, [1890-1900, 1935-1952]
- Constitutional Conferences, [1890-1900, 1935-1952]
- Prime ministers - Canada - Provinces, [1950-1965, 1972-1980]
- Canadian unity, [1950-1965, 1972-1980]
- Quebec referendum - Federal strategy, [1972-1980]
- Quebec (Province) - Economic policy, [1942-1979]
- Quebec (Province) - Social policy, [1942-1979]
- Federal-provincial relations
- Governors general Canada
- Canada 1968-1979
- Civil rights Canada
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- Conditions of access:
Other photographs: No donor restrictions. Various copyrights on item less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.
Postal covers (first day covers): No donor restrictions. Copyright: Canada Post Corporation.
Cartographic material: Credit Library and Archives Canada. No restrictions on access.
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