Air Canada fonds [multiple media]
Record Information – Brief
Air Canada fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R1202-0-3-E, RG70
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Moving images, Sound recordings
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
28 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- Bilingual equivalent:
- Place of creation:
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
89.105 m of textual records
3 microfilm reels of textual records.
ca. 300 films reels (ca. 185 h), ca. 100 audio reels (ca. 145 h), ca. 50 audio discs (ca. 6 h), ca. 40 audio cassettes (ca. 40 h)
x technical drawings: architectural; blueprints
x maps: blueprints
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- English, French
- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of records created and/or maintained by Air Canada and its predecessors. The fonds is split into a number of series, and is divided into various departments: Office of the President Office of the Secretary Board of Directors Operations Department Flight Operations Division Operations Research Engineering Division Station Services Finance Department Administrative and Corporate Services Department Public Affairs Division Trans-Canada Air Lines (Atlantic) Limited (microfilm) Operational Planning Department Passenger Services Division Purchases and Facilities Department Sales and Services Department Publishing Services Audio-Visual Services Office of the General Supervisor of Customs Service Telecommunications Department There are also other series that reflect specific material created by Air Canada, as follows: Reports, schedules, and summaries Western Division payrolls Records Related to the Air Canada Missions to Air Congo and Guyana Airways Corporation 1968-1969 Western Region accounting records Air Canada Expo 67 Pavilion Audio-visual and graphic material from Air Canada Photographic records consist of: photographs of Air Canada and Trans-Canada Air Lines personnel, aircrafts, maintenance operations and terminals, and photographs of the first president of Air Canada, G.R. McGregor. Moving images consist of: the growth and progress of Air Canada various aspects of airline operation; films showing aspects of operations of Air Congo taken during an Air Canada survey of that airline; historical films concerning various aircraft, inaugural flights, and airports; Air Canada training films relating to job performance; the Silver Broom world curling championships in several international locations; cross-Canada flights in Lockheed aircraft; the history of aviation from its inception to the jet era; and other various aviation-related films. Researchers are cautioned that there are still a number of unprocessed textual records and records in other media at the accession level that are not reflected in this description.
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- Biography/Administrative history:
Air Canada : The Company was originally incorporated as a wholly-owned affiliate of Canadian National Railway Company by Act of Parliament on April 10, 1937 under the name `Trans-Canada Air Lines' and its French language equivalent `Lignes Aeriennes Trans-Canada'.(The Trans-Canada Air Lines Act, 1937, Chapter 43 of the Statutes of 1937). Canadian National Railway Company owned the entire capital stock of TCA, and by virtue of the Act of Parliament establishing the Airline, its corporate relationship to the railway was not that of a normal subsidiary company. The TCA Act provided that the airline would have nine directors, but only five of them were elected by the shareholders. The five so elected were also directors of the Railway. The remaining four directors were appointed by the Government of Canada. TCA obtained its capital funds requirements from the Canadian National, but reported to the Government and Parliament directly through the Minister of Transport. Although the management and staff of TCA were quite separate from that of the railway, there were certain exceptions including the Law, Medical and Secretary's Departments of the Railway which also acted in similar capacities for the TCA. TCA's first President, Samuel J. Hungerford, was also President of the Canadian National Railways. Close liaison was maintained between CN and TCA through the former's representation on TCA's Board of Directors and by the managements of the two companies. The general principle adopted by the CN, however, was that it should in no way attempt to exercise its influence (as owner of the Airline), to limit the scope of the latter's operations, even where these were directly competitive with those of CN. Trans-Canada Air Lines (Atlantic) Limited, was incorporated in 1946 by way of section 20 and amendment thereto of the Trans-Canada Air Lines Act, 1937 (Privy Council Order-in-Council No. 1097, 25 March 1947). The purpose of creating the body corporate was to establish international air line routes to Europe. All 10,000 common shares were owned by TCA and the Board of Directors, Executive Officers and Operational Managers were the same for both Companies. On May 1, 1947, TCA (Atlantic) Limited assumed responsibility for the operation (i.e. took full commercial control of the service) previously provided by the Canadian Government Trans-Atlantic Air Service. TCA (Atlantic) Limited was dissolved on the lst of January 1952 (Section 20, Chapter 50, Statutes of Canada). In 1953, an amendment to the Act authorized the Company to use the name `Air Canada' as a trade name for any purpose connected with the business of the Corporation. (An Act to Amend the Trans-Canada Air Lines Act, 1937, 1-2 Elizabeth II, Chapter 50, 6.(k) Assented to 14th May, 1953). On January 1, 1965, by further amendment to the Act (P.C. 1964-955) `Air Canada' became the official name of the Company. As a proprietary corporation, with a mandate to provide publicly-owned air transportation services both domestic and international for passengers, mail and cargo, it reported to Parliament through the Minister of Transport prior to being privatized in July of 1989.
- Finding aid:
(Other) Finding aids are available. They are currently attached to lower level descriptions and accession records. (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- Source of title:
- Title based on the act creating the company.
- Further accruals are expected.
- Related material:
- See also the Pierre J. Jeanniot fonds, R15495, for further information relating to company's former president and chief of management from 1984 to 1990., See also generally the Canadian National Railway Company fonds, RG30, for further information about Air Canada's parent company for many decades., See also the Philip Smith Fonds, MG31-A20, for further information relating to the history of the company prior to 1985, including numerous interviews with former employees.
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