The Government Publications collection includes over 1.7 million pages of historical pre-1920 colonial, provincial and federal government documents. This collection includes government acts, bills, committee reports, court rules, debates, journals, ordinances, a selection of official publications from France and Great Britain, sessional papers, regulations, royal commission reports, voter’s lists and treaties.
Projected size: 8,500 monographs; 79 series titles with 2,635 issues
Selection criteria: Government Publications is the fruit of the Early Official Publications project, whose parameters were decided by the Government Publications Advisory Committee. Municipal government publications and post-Confederation provincial publications are not included in this collection.
- A selection of pre-Confederation official government publications produced by colonial legislatures, such as acts, legislative debates, legislative journals, and sessional papers
- A selection of federal government documents published 1867-1900, such as acts, parliamentary debates, parliamentary journals, Royal Commission reports and sessional papers
- Pre-1900 publications from France and Great Britain that relate to the governance of Canada, such as treaties, acts, bills, correspondence, British Parliamentary papers and reports
- Civil service lists, 1885-1900
- Pre-1900 official guides for prospective immigrants to Canada
- Selected speeches from statesmen such as Sir John A. Macdonald, Joseph Howe, Sir Charles Tupper, Henri Bourassa, and others