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Office of the Minister [textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

10.6 m of textual records

Scope and content

Series consists in part of the general correspondence received by the Rt. Hon. James G. Gardiner (1883-1962), Minister of Agriculture from 1935 to 1957. This correspondence is primarily from individual farmers and rural and farm organizations, and mirrors the concerns of farmers and the development of agriculture in three important periods: the rural hardships of the Depression, the rebirth and government regulation of agriculture during World War II, and the post-war conditions of agriculture's re-entry into the world market place. The correspondence is arranged chronologically as it was received by Gardiner, excepting Volumes 3596 to 3597 which contain his correspondence regarding the Prairie Farm Assistance Act and the Bacon Board. Most of these records are slim "files" containing the single piece of incoming correspondence plus Gardiner's reply. Artificial file numbers have been added by the National Archives of Canada in order to organize the collection; there were also no original file titles, those appearing on the list having been created by National Archives of Canada to give some meaning to the collection. Each individual "file" has been listed from 1936 to February, 1948, the most important part of the collection; the final three years' correspondence (1948-1951) has been grouped into monthly units with the most significant or recurring subjects being highlighted on the file list. This file list is the finding aid to the series. Other records of ministers are included in this series. Accessions pertaining to ministers John Wise (1979-1980; 1984-1988); Donald Mazankowski (1991-1993); William McKnight (1991-1993); Charles James Mayer (1993); Ralph Goodale (1993-1997).

Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
from 3545 to 3601
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
from 4427 to 4431
32: Restricted by law
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Finding aid 17-16 is a handwritten file list referring to volumes 3545-3559. 17-16 (Paper)

Finding aid 17-17 is a handwritten file list referring to volumes 3560-3602. 17-17 (Paper)

Textual records The finding aid is a file list indicating volume number, old file number, title and date for volumes 4427-4428. 17-411 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

The Minister of the Department of Agriculture was the member of Cabinet responsible for the general supervision of the work of the department. The Rt. Hon. James G. Gardiner (1883-1962) was Minister of Agriculture from 1935 to 1957. RG17 General Inventory

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the series.

No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
See also the private papers in the James Garfield Gardiner fonds (MIKAN 103054, MG27-IIIB23).


Related control no.

1. 67/009
2. 70/016
3. 77/005
4. 77/009
5. 86/001
6. 96/021
7. 92-0814 OFRC
8. 93-0904 OFRC
9. 97-0530 OFRC
10. 99-1115 OFRC
11. 1999-00528-7
12. 1999-01266-6
13. 2000-01049-0
14. 2003-01295-8
15. 2006-00056-X
16. 2006-00210-4
17. RG17
18. RG17-B-I
19. RG17-B-I-1