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Description found in Archives

Office records of the Clerk of the Executive Council [textual record]. 

Series consists of

Date(s)

1775-1851

Place of creation

Ontario

ca. 9.12 m of textual records.

Scope and content

Series consists of a miscellany of records attributed to the Clerk of the Executive Council and relating to both state and land activities of his office. The surviving records rarely form complete series and some bear only a tenuous association with the Clerk's stated duties. The series includes: correspondence received and sent and records relating to the management of that correspondence; oaths of allegiance and of office; records relating to the management of work in the Clerk's Office; records relating to the role of the Clerk's office in managing the leasing and sale of reserved lands; records relating to the management of the audit function; and miscellaneous records, such as the Blue Books of Statistics, accumulated in the Clerk's office for reference purposes. In the conduct of his duties, the Clerk of the Council prepared and preserved certain records on behalf of the Council and others on his own behalf. Among the latter were entry books of letters and orders sent to other government officials, correspondence received, and registers or logs of work performed and information gathered. The inventories of records preserved and the daily or weekly logs demonstrate the range of responsibilities assumed by the Clerk over time and the nature of assistance provided by his staff in performing those duties. The Clerk or his deputy served as Secretary to committees of Council and special commissions, ensuring a degree of consistency for the record-keeping associated with those bodies.

Textual records
95: Open, no copying
The restriction on copying does not appl
y to all records in this series. See the sub-series descriptive entries for details.
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

In order to protect fragile originals, consultation and copying restrictions apply to some records in this series. Further details are provided in the relevant sub-series descriptive entries.

2 90 Finding aids that relate to the contents of specific sub-series are described in the entries for those lower levels.

Additional information

Custodial history
Most of the records in this series were received in 1907 from the Privy Council Office. However, several items were acquired from other sources. For details see sub-series descriptive entries.

Availability of other formats note
A small quantity of the records in this series have been microfilmed. In addition, contemporary copies of some of the records in this series are found in other fonds in Library and Archives Canada, and are available in microfilm format in those other fonds. Further details are provided in the relevant sub-series descriptive entries.

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