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Accession Number: 81-004


William Lyon Mackenzie Diaries fonds. Additions. -- Microfilmed 1980. -- 270 microfiche.

Biography / History

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada (1921-1925, 1926-1930, and 1935-1948), was born in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, on December 17, 1874, the son of John King and the grandson of William Lyon Mackenzie. He was educated at the University of Toronto (B.A., 1895; M.A., 1897) and did post-graduate work in sociology at Harvard University (A.M., 1898; Ph.D., 1909). In 1900 he was invited by Sir William Mulock to become Canada's first Deputy Minister of Labour; and in 1909 he was persuaded by Sir Wilfrid Laurier to enter politics. He was elected to represent Waterloo in the Canadian House of Commons, and became Canada's first Minister of Labour not holding a separate portfolio. In 1919 he was chosen to succeed Laurier as leader of the Liberal party; and in 1921 he was elected to represent North York in the House of Commons, and became Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs. When King retired in 1948, he had held office longer than any previous prime minister in the British Commonwealth. He died, unmarried, near Ottawa, Ontario, on July 22, 1950. (taken from "The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography" fourth edition. 1978.)

Custodial History

The diaries are in the custody of the National Archives of Canada and were transferred to microfilm with the co-operation and permission of the Archives by University of Toronto Press.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of microfiches of manuscript and typescript diaries and microfiches of typed transcriptions of diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King dated from 1932 to 1949. These are additions to microfiches purchased in 1975.


Title based on the creator of the diaries.

The microfiches were purchased from the National Archives of Canada.

The original diaries are located at the National Archives of Canada.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y - On File in the Archives Reading Room.

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada.

This fonds is an addition to 75-013.

For related records see: 77-1011, 83-1016 and 91-1008.

Researchers are advised to begin the study of these documents with the transcripts, as the original manuscripts are difficult to read.

Microfiche. Set 12.