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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 83-018


New Democratic Party fonds. -- 1968-1979. -- 61 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Born out of the Canadian Commonwealth Federation (1932-1960) the New Democratic Party originated in 1961. It is a party which aims to represent the working class and unions of Canada in politics. It is a socialist party advocating the democratic left instead of right wing politics.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Professor Bruce Hodgins before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence, minutes and financial records of the New Democratic Party. Most of the material comes from and concerns the Peterborough riding but there is some provincial and federal concerns included in the material. Please note that there are margin notes by Professor Bruce Hodgins.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor Bruce Hodgins.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada and the Archives of Ontario.

Additions to the fonds include 88-010 and 90-013.

For related records see: 93-023 and 94-008.

Finding Aid

Box 1


/1 NDP local current Feb 1975 - correspondence, financial statements, 1974-75, resolutions, 1974-75 Executive, Peterborough riding, newsclippings, pamphlets

/2 Provincial Affairs, 1973-74 - correspondence, Policy Review Newsletter; minutes, 1972-74; letter on "wipe-out-the-debt" campaign; pamphlets; Peterborough riding treasurer's report, 1973

/3 Provincial Council Material, Dec 1974-Sept 1975 - minutes of meeting Feb 9 1975; report on the trade union co-ordinator, report of policy review committee; constitution committee; committee on women's issues; newsclippings and pamphlets; The Independence (magazine for the Committee for an Independent Canada); membership lists

/4 Provincial Material, 1975 - provincial candidates, 1975; report of the election Planning Committee; executive report to council, 1975; canvasser call sheets; minutes of meetings

/5 Provincial, 1975-76 - news articles on Stephen Lewis; list of provincial executives, 1974-76; statement of liabilities and assets

/6 Peterborough Riding, 1968 - correspondence, minutes; treasurer's report, 1968; rough draft of letter to provincial Council from Peterborough delegates concerning convention procedures

/7 Peterborough NDP 1971 - report on Pickering airport; minutes of meetings, correspondence; election results, 1971; report of campaign planning committee; financial statement, 1969-70

/8 Peterborough Riding - minutes receipts for membership dues; treasurer's report

/9 NDP September 1968 - the Federal budget 1968; newsclippings

/10 Provincial Convention, Nov 1968 - correspondence on convention procedures; list of Prov. Executive 1968-70; reports to members; correspondence re: Donald MacDonald leadership com.; newspaper clippings and pamphlets

/11 Provincial Council 1973 - reports on Native Peoples, energy resources; minutes of meetings; lists of names, ridings and attendance records; names of nominated federal candidates; report of Community and Urban Affairs Committee

/12 Provincial 1971-72 - financial statement; report of Northern Liaison Committee; agenda for prov. council meetings, Dec 1971

/13 Provincial Executive, 1970 - minutes of meetings; list of executive, 1968-70; NDP policy review committee progress report

/14 Provincial matters, 1970-72 - minutes of meetings; financial statements; reports of policy review committee and election planning committee

/15 Convention, 1970 - convention agenda; canvasser's kit

/16 Provincial Matters, 1971-73 - correspondence from Provincial secretary to Peterborough Riding, 1971-75

/17 NDP 1970-73 - minutes of meetings of Peterborough Riding Executive; minutes of meetings of Federal Election Committee, 1972; treasurer's report, 1972-73

/18 Election 1972 - draft of proposed guide for canvassers

/19 Election (Prov) 1971 - 7 photos of Walter Pitman; campaign blurbs, newspaper clippings; policy statements

/20 Waffle Crisis, 1972 - correspondence; press releases, policy statements

/21 Peterborough NDP 1972 - correspondence; references to the Waffle Crisis

/22 Provincial Council, 1972 - correspondence  

Box 2


/1 Federal Convention, 1969 - correspondence, newspaper clippings from NDP federal convention, Winnipeg, 1969; policy resolutions adapted at the convention

/2 Provincial council, 1969-71 - correspondence

/3 Federal Convention, 1971 - correspondence, resolutions, financial statements

/4 Resolutions - party policy resolutions

/5 Peterborough riding - material from 1969

/6 Provincial Convention, 1970 - correspondence

/7 United Nations Association in Canada - correspondence

/8 Provincial council, 1970 - correspondence

/9 Provincial Council, 1971 - correspondence

/10 Peterborough Riding - correspondence, 1973-1974

/11 Peterborough Riding - correspondence and minutes of meetings, 1972-73

/12 Peterborough riding - correspondence, 1977-79; minutes of Executive Committee; minutes of Finance Committee

/13 Peterborough Riding - correspondence, 1976-77

/14 Peterborough, Riding - correspondence, 1975-76

/15 Peterborough Riding - correspondence, 1974-75

/16 Provincial matters - correspondence, 1972-73