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John G. Diefenbaker fonds
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III/A. Constituency Files Subseries

This subseries contains general subject files about Progressive Conservative party affairs within the constituency, and requests from constituents for assistance in dealing with the federal government in matters of pensions, unemployment and taxation. Election files from the constituency are filed with the general election files.

VII/F. B.T. Richardson Subseries

Burton Taylor Richardson was a journalist, born in Manitoba in 1906. He was editor of the Toronto Telegram from 1953 to 1962 and special assistant to John Diefenbaker from 1963 to 1966. He wrote Canada and Mr. Diefenbaker in 1962 and briefly helped Diefenbaker with his own memoirs.

This series contains reference material assembled by Burton T. Richardson while serving as Diefenbaker’s special assistant.

IX/A. Numbered/Unnumbered Correspondence Subseries

This subseries contains correspondence dealing with such subjects as: trips and engagements; requests and appeals; the House of Commons; Royal Commissions; elections; the Progressive Conservative Party; law; resources; health and welfare; transportation and communication; and Canada’s foreign relations.

IX/B. Priority Correspondence Subseries

This subseries contains reference material and correspondence with heads of state, members of federal and provincial governments, prominent Canadians, and friends of Diefenbaker. Issues referred to include: government scandals; the economy; unification of the armed forces; the flag; elections; Quebec; Canada Pension Plan; Medicare; Expo ’67; unity and leadership of the Progressive Conservative party; and foreign affairs, particularly Canada-U.S. relations.

XIII. Reference Series, 1940-1957

This series contains reference material collected by John Diefenbaker and his staff from 1940, when he was elected to Parliament, to 1957, when he became Prime Minister. A wide range of political and social subjects, both Canadian and international, are present.

XIV/E. Pulled Materials Subseries

This subseries contains original and photocopied documents from other series and additional notes used in writing Diefenbaker’s memoirs. There is also apparently routine material from the late 1970s which was filed with the memoirs series. Files E/1 - E/63 were arranged by the research staff in the alpha-numeric system used by the Prime Minister’s office. Files E/64 - E/219 were similarly arranged, but do not exactly conform to the PMO filing system. Files E/220 - E/222 contain documents on defence which were pulled and arranged chronologically by Gerald Haslam in 1968. Files E/223 - E/233 were labelled in the hand of Archie McQueen, Diefenbaker’s assistant at the time Diefenbaker’s death.

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