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Scope and content
Series consists of records of the Office of the Dominion Cerealist including correspondence; reports; minutes; certificates; memoranda; photographs; project files; and research material including pasture and nutritional studies, milling and baking tests, and inheritance studies of yield, quality and disease resistance. The series contains sub-series based on the various record keeping systems which were utilised by the Office.
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Biography / Administrative history
Of the five original Experimental Farms System divisions created in 1886, the Cereal Division became the most important section to the western provinces' agricultural development. Its mandate was twofold: to produce new strains of high quality cereal grains responsive to Canada's regionally diverse climactic and soil conditions; and subsequently, to ensure the quality of Canadian grains in active use. From 1903 to 1959, the position of division chief, known as the Dominion Cerealist after 1910, was held by four men; Charles Saunders (1903-1923), LH Newman (1923-1948), CH Golden (1948-1955), and DG Hamilton (1955-1959).
While the Cereal Division Laboratory was located at the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, testing was done on branch stations all across the country, most notably at the Manitoba College of Agriculture Dominion Cereal Breeding Laboratory, established in 1925. The demise of the Office of the Dominion Cerealist came about when, in 1959, the Experimental Farms Service became the Research Branch of Agriculture Canada. This transition had the various divisions be replaced by "research institutes". The work of the Cereal Division was transferred to a number of these new institutes. RG17 General Inventory
Related control no.
1. 1985-86/018 GAD
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