Diefenbaker Collection - Microfilm

About 1/3 of the textual material in the John G. Diefenbaker fonds has been microfilmed. Copies of the microfilm are available at the University of Saskatchewan and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). U of S copies may be borrowed through inter-library loan; see more information below.

Series on microfilm include:

  • Series I, Legal Series
  • Series II, Pre-1940 Series
  • Series III, 1940-1956 Series
  • Series IV, Leader of the Official Opposition, Dec. 1956-June 1957 Series
  • Series V, Family Series
  • Series VI, PMO Numbered Correspondence Series
  • Series VII, Reference Series
  • Series VIII, PMO Unnumbered Correspondence Series
  • Series XII, Personal and Confidential Series

Methods for looking up microfilm numbers are summarized below.

  • Textual database (see search tips on the introductory Diefenbaker page)
  • For Series 7, 8, 9, and 12, see this reel index by volume and page number, which also includes a crosswalk to LAC numbering for all series. If you are using the microfilm at LAC, please take note of the difference in numbering for part of series 6 and all later series.

Series

Reel numbers

File-level descriptions in textual database?

Microfilm numbers in textual database?

Microfilm numbers on finding aid?

Finding aid (if applicable)

MG 01/I Legal Series

Reels M-6803 to M-6814

 

yes

Yes

Yes

Finding aid

MG 01/II Pre-1940 Series

Reels M-6815 to M-6825

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Finding aid

MG 01/III 1940-1956 Series

Reels M-7414 to M-7454

 

yes

Yes

Yes

Finding aid

MG 01/IV Leader of the Official Opposition, Dec. 1956-June 1957 Series

Reels M-5549 to M-5562 and M-5900 to M-5901

yes

Yes

Yes

Finding aid

MG 01/V Family Series

Reels M-7547 to M-7582

Yes

Yes

Yes

Finding aid

MG 01/VI PMO Numbered Series

Reels M-7788 to M-8048.

LAC numbering: M-7788 to M-7961, M-8451 to M-8503 and M-8849 to M-8928. Card index: M-8459 to M-8503 (M-8503 is restricted)

**U of S does not have copies of card index microfilm

Yes

Yes

Yes (some handwritten)

Finding aid: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

MG 01/VII Reference Series

Reels M-8049 to M-8204

LAC numbering: M-8928 to M-8950, M-9151 to M-9250 and M-9261 to M-9293

Yes

Yes

No

MG 01/VIII PMO Unnumbered Correspondence Series

Reels M-8205 to M-8285

LAC numbering: M-9294 to M-9374

Yes

No (but page numbers included; use reel index)

No (but page numbers included; use reel index)

Finding aid

MG 01/XII Personal and Confidential Series

Reels M-8286 to M-8341

LAC numbering: M-9375 to M-9431

Yes

No

No

Inter-library loans:

Microfilm reels from the John Diefenbaker fonds may be borrowed by libraries and archives with the appropriate equipment, subject to the following conditions:

  • Up to four reels may be loaned at a time
  • The loan period is four weeks
  • The microfilm reels must be used at the borrowing institution, and stored securely when not in use
  • The borrowing institution is responsible for secure delivery and return of the reels.
    • On the loan request, the borrowing institution needs to provide their Purolator account number in the "notes" field. (Alternatively, if you anticipate a series of requests, please contact us so that we can keep this information on file.)
    • The reels must be returned to the U of S via courier

On the request form, please ensure that "University Archives & Special Collections, John Diefenbaker fonds" is included along with the reel number. If the borrowing institution does not use an ILL system, or to take advantage of additional space for special instructions, the borrowing institution may use this form to submit the request.

Requests need to be submitted to the Interlibrary Loan service of the University Library. However, we encourage you to contact University Archives & Special Collections prior to initiating an inter-library loan request, so that we may discuss your reference enquiry in more detail, and help you ensure that you are requesting the correct reels.