Fonds MJ-037 - Co-operative Commonwealth Federation fonds

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Co-operative Commonwealth Federation fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1938-1947, Predominant 1943-1947 (Creation)
    Co-operative Commonwealth Federation

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9.50 cm of textual records.

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The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) political party was founded in August 1932 in Calgary at a conference uniting various farm, labour and socialist groups. James Shaver Woodsworth led the federal party from its inception until shortly before his death in 1942. In 1934 five members of the CCF were elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature, the first to sit in any legislature or parliament in Canada. In 1935, seven CCF members were elected to the House of Commons. In the 1945 federal election the CCF won 29 seats, 18 in Saskatchewan. The Moose Jaw Federal Constituency was represented by W. Ross Thatcher of the CCF party. In 1961 a merger between the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress created the New Democratic Party of Canada. Tommy Douglas, the long-time CCF Premier of Saskatchewan was elected the party’s first leader.

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This fonds consists of two series. The Federation business includes minutes of meetings, membership lists, and correspondence covering the years 1943-1947. The second series includes lists of electors, reports, poll census forms, statements, returns, and election tally sheets of the 1945 Federal Election, as well as reports and correspondence of the CCF Victory Fund, 1944-1945. Two editions of “The CCF in the Legislature” (1941 with 1942 supplement and 1943) were transferred to the Library Collection.

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Many of the newsprint sheets are brittle, torn and tattered.

Immediate source of acquisition

Accession number 37.BA donated to the archives by Olive Wells of Tuxford.


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  • English

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“The CCF in the Legislature”, April 1941 edition, with May 1942 supplement, and “The CCF in the Legislature”, 1943 have been transferred to the archival books collection.

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This fonds was re boxed and foldered in 2004.

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Boxes V-26, H-33

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