Report on Canadian Archives

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I.B. Taylor, 1874 - Archives
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Page 126 - ¡md to Major Robertson, Military Secretary there, who afforded every facility for examining the military records, application for the transfer of •which is now before the Imperial Government. I consider it desirable to call attention to the manner in which the records and official documents are kept. In Montreal the vaults under the old Government House, now occupied by the Jacques Cartier Normal School, are unfit for the purpose to which they are applied. The air is damp and foul, so that it...
Page 125 - Dominion, setting forth that authors and literary enquirers are placed in a very disadvantageous position in this country, in comparison with persons of the same class in Great Britain, France, and the United States, in consequence of being practically debarred from facilities of access to the public records, documents, and official papers in manuscript, illustrative of the history and progress of society in Canada, and praying that steps be taken to have the Archives of Canada collected, Parliament...
Page 126 - That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully request" ed to cause the ancient records and documents illustrative " of the history and progress of society in this province, to " be examined, preserved and arranged, either " for reference " or publication, as the legislature may hereafter determine, " and that this house will provide for the same.
Page 127 - The earliest date is 1779, and they are continued to the present day. General Sir Hastings Doyle gave instructions that I should have access to the papers, and Major Robertson, Military Secretary, saw that every facility was afforded to me to have them examined.
Page 125 - . According to the report of my predecessor, published in the year 1872, " A petition was presented to the Parliament of the Dominion, setting forth that authors and literary enquirers were placed in a very disadvantageous position in this country, as compared with persons of the same class in Great Britain, France and the United States, in consequence of being practically debarred from facilities of access to the public records, documents and official papers, in manuscript, illustrative of the progress...
Page 205 - Supérieur des Sauvages Sioux. In the second case it will be necessary to specify, that the line shall commence twelve leagues above and to the north of Cap...
Page 126 - Edits et Ordonnances," reference to which is frequently desiied. The. remainder of these might bo kept in reserve in Ottawa. The complaint as to the dampness of the vaults in Montreal applies also to those under the Court House in Quebec. In addition to this is the danger in the latter place from fire, the means of heating being an ordinary box stove, the pipes passing in close proximity to a wooden cupboard, and the documents, wrapped in brown paper or without covering, being pluccd on wooden shelves,...
Page 126 - ... be removed. In 1857, on motion of the Honorable Joseph Howe, an examination of the ancient records and documents illustrative of the history and progress of society in Nova Scotia was ordered to be made.
Page 126 - Hon. Joseph Howe, an examination of the ancient records and documents illustrative of the- history and progress of society in Nova Scotia, was ordered to be made. In 1864, upwards of 200 volumes of manuscripts had been selected, arranged, catalogued and bound, and in 1865, the legislative assembly referred the matter to a committee.
Page 131 - Winnipeg, and steps have been taken to have them obtained and deposited with the other records. It is probable they will throw much light on the history of the North West Territories. When fairly entered on the work, I found that much of the labour expended in the prosecution of the search would be barren of result ; it was, however, necessary to expend the labour, as in very many cases the titles of the documents but imperfectly represented the nature of their contents. Sometimes the tides were...

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