Ralliement des créditistes and Social Credit party of Canada fonds [multiple media]
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Ralliement des créditistes and Social Credit party of Canada fonds [multiple media]Hierarchical level:FondsDate:1833-1980.Reference:R8072-0-2-E, MG28-IV10Type of material:Textual material, Moving images, Art, Objects (including medals and pins), Maps and cartographic material, Photographs, Sound recordingsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:5848401Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsFonds includes:10 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1833-1980.Place of creation:CanadaExtent:18.8 m of textual records
1 microfilm reel: negative and positive
1199 photos : 1168 b&w et 31 col.
2 movie reels
52 audio cassettes
74 sound reels
8 posters: offset lithography.
2 medals: button and pin.
2 sound discs.
969 mapsLanguage of material:FrenchAdded language of material:French, EnglishScope and content:The fonds includes microfilm of Executive and Provincial Convention minutes, 1958-1970, recruitment and fundraising correspondence, and internal organization and publicity policy files, 1963-1968 . These documents are on reel M-3694. The fonds also includes correspondence and files, 1962-1968; political files, 1956-1980 and reference files, 1833, 1910-1980.
The fonds also contain photographs showing the founding convention of the Social Credit Party of Canada in 1971, meetings of the Executive and the National Council of the party, the leadership conventions of 1971, 1976 and 1978, provincial conventions in Manitoba and in Alberta, 1973, in Quebec in 1977 and in Alberta in 1979. There are photographs of the funerals of Réal Caouette and André Fortin, of certain Party candidates in the federal elections and of the parliamentary caucus. Photographs of organizers and conductors including Réal Caouette, Fabien Roy, André Fortin and Lorne Reznowski are also available.
The fonds includes various audio documents related to conventions and Party congresses held in Kamloops, Val d'Or, Gatineau, Quebec, Dolbeau, Thetford Mines, Trois-Rivières, Montreal, Rimouski as well as an election speech by Réal Caouette. Some documents bear witness to radio broadcasts, interviews and party conventions; others of speeches by C. Hugh Douglas and Réal Caouette. There is also a series of poems on Social Credit recited by Geoffrey Dobbs, as well as a film entitled: "Réal Caouette with Lucien Maynard".
Eight posters were placed in a horizontal filing cabinet. These include announcements from the convention in Quebec City and Regina and photographic depictions of theoretician C.H. Douglas and Party leaders Réal Caouette, André Fortin, Lorne Reznowski and Fabien Roy. These documents are found in the following volumes: vols. 96-102.
There is a badge entitled "Elect M. Marsolini". Mr Marzolini was a candidate in York East for the 1979 election. A 1979 party pin is also present.
The fonds also includes 969 electoral mapsBiography/Administrative history:Social Credit Rally. Social Credit Party of Canada : Stemming from various Social Credit movements in Quebec, the Ralliement was created in 1958 to work on the federal political scene. It was recognized by the Social Credit Party of Canada as the sole spokesperson for Quebec Social Credit. Its leader, Réal Caouette, was elected vice-president of the Social Credit Party of Canada in 1960 and deputy to national leader Robert Thompson the following year. In 1962 the Quebec wing had 26 of the 30 Social Credit members elected to the Canadian Parliament. Following internal dissension, Réal Caouette dissociated himself from the national party in 1963 and took with him the majority of Quebec Creditist deputies, thus confirming the complete autonomy of his movement. From the 1968 election, the Ralliement was the only party with Social Credit members. It officially became the Social Credit Party of Canada in 1972. In November 1976, Réal Caouette was replaced by André Fortin as party leader. The latter died in June 1977 and was temporarily replaced by Gilles Caouette. A leadership convention elected Lorne Reznowski in May 1978. The latter resigned in February 1979. The parliamentary leader, Charles-Arthur Gauthier assumed the interim until the appointment of Fabien Roy by the caucus of deputies in March 1979. The latter led the 1979 electoral campaign and had 6 deputies elected. In the February 1980 elections, no Social Credit candidate was elected and Fabien Roy resigned the same year.Finding aid:Textual records (Paper) The finding aid presents a descriptive list of files arranged in alphabetical or chronological order. MSS1643 (90: Open)Audiovisual records (Electronic) Consult the MISACS database for item-level descriptions. (90: Open)Carthographic records (Paper) A finding aid is available in the reference room. 83402/5815 (90: Open)Additional information:General Note:Generally speaking, the documents were acquired between 1973 and 1994 from the party. However, some of these were acquired in 1975 (vols. 1-3) from Mr. Réal Caouette and in 1980 (vols. 4-94) from Mr. Robert Klinck, National Secretary of the Social Credit Party of Canada. The microfilm is taken from the originals which belonged to Mr. Réal Caouette.Source:Private
Sound material: Reproduction and use of material requires written permission from the copyright holder and, in some cases, the donor: see item-level descriptions.
Iconographic documents: art To be determined. Copyright: varied. Credit: Library and Archives Canada.
Moving Images: Reproduction and use of materials in any form requires permission from the copyright holder and in some cases the donor: see item-level descriptions.
Subject: No restrictions. Copyright: expired. Credit: Library and Archives Canada.
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