Subject files [textual record]
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Subject files [textual record]
- Hierarchical level:
- R1206-130-4-E, RG76-B-1-b-i
- Type of material:
- Textual material
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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Record Information – Details
- Sub-sub-series includes:
1457 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
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- Place of creation:
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
- 40.20 m of textual records
- Language of material:
- Scope and content:
Sub-sub-series consists of registry files documenting most of the operations and policies of the Immigration service, 1946-1966. Subjects covered include immigration policy and law generally; departmental organization, administration and procedures; activities at Canadian ports of entry, overseas posts, and other field offices; policy and procedures in specific fields such as the selection and counselling of immigrants, immigration documentation, medical and security screening, transportation and settlement assistance, employment and citizenship, refugee status, and many others; liaison with other governments and private organizations; and the immigration of specific ethnic, national, religious and other minority groups.
No individual case files are included in the 500 block files. Many of the subject files do, however, contain incidental documentation on specific cases. Volumes 743-930 contain the main run of files. Volumes 689-692 document questions and answers in the House of Commons on various topics including individual immigrants' cases, immigration and emigration policy and statistics, US draft dodgers and deserters, and refugee issues from 1957-1970. Volumes 718-725 document (a) activities of the Immigration Inspection Service (notably the investigation of irregularities in the immigration of specific groups to Canada); and (b) preparations for the 1966 White Paper on immigration policy, mainly 1949-1971.
The 500 block files are subject-coded in to a duplex-numeric system. The first number, in the 500 block, indicates the general subject area, and the second a more specific subheading. There is often a third number indicating a specific geographic area, project or organization. Thus, file block 569 covers passport and visa regulations. File 569-1 covers passport and visa regulations policy and procedures generally; 569-2 to 569-4 cover specific subtopics; and block 569-9 covers passports and visa regulations of specific nations. (Thus, since "510" stands for Cambodia throughout the 500 block system, 569-9-510 is the file for Cambodian passport regulations).
- Finding aid:
(Paper) Finding aid 76-10 is a handwritten conversion card index listing files brought forward from the First to the Second (500 block) Central Registry system. 76-10(Electronic) Finding aid 76-12, parts 1 and 2, is a computer generated complete list of the files. Part 1 contains a file list of back-references. When the 500 block was created, some files were annotated to refer users back to files on similar topics in the old First Central Registry system (RG76-B-1-a). 76-12(Paper) Finding aid 76-13 is a typed file classification manual, which translates and indexes these number codes by subject. The finding aid is a detailed subject, numerical and geographical index to the file code numbers used in the 500 block. 76-13(Paper) Finding aid 76-14 is a typed card index. The departmental subject index to the 500 block (RG76-B-1-b-ii), gives a very detailed subject breakdown of the whole system. 76-14(Electronic) Finding aid 76-15 is a typed conversion card index listing files of the Second Central Registry brought forward or linked to the Third Central Registry (5000 block) system. The finding aid is available as a PDF attached to this record. 76-15 PDF (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf002/76-15_161296_Card_Index.pdf(Paper) Finding aid 131 is a typed file list relating to the Immigration Pamphlet Collection. 76-131
- Additional information:
- Source of title:
- Title is based on the contents of the sub-sub-series.
- Availability of other formats note:
- Microfilmed copies of the material in volumes 689-692 are available on reels C-10687 and C-10688. Volumes 743-930, 718-725 have not been microfilmed.
- No further accruals are expected.
- Related material:
- Parallel Immigration file series active in the same period include the SF or Secret files of classified correspondence (RG76-B-2); the Deputy Minister's triplex subject files on Immigration policy (RG26-A-1-c; the HQ case files (RG76-B-3); and the finding aid files on departmental administration and finance (see examples in RG118 accession "42160, 1981-82/117"). Records related to the activities of the Immigration Inspection Service (notably the investigation of irregularities in the immigration of specific groups to Canada) found in volumes 718-725 may also be found in the Inspection Services series (RG76-D-4, Vols. 727-732).
- Container note(s):
C-10687 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 1
C-10687 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 2
C-10687 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 3
C-10687 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 4
C-10687 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 5
C-10688 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 1
C-10688 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 2
C-10688 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 3
C-10688 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 4
C-10688 : Microfilm copies volumes 689-692 Copy No. 5
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