Collection 80-017 - Parks Canada Transcripts collection

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Parks Canada Transcripts collection

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  • 1980 (Creation)
    Parks Canada

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25 cm of textual records (1 box)

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Administrative history

Since the initial reservation of the Hot Springs at Banff in 1885, the Canadian Parks Service has grown to encompass more than 30 national parks, more than 70 national historic parks and major sites, and 10 historically significant canal systems. The Canadian Parks Service plans, develops, and operates National Parks and National Historic Parks and Sites. First controlled by the Dominion Lands Branch of the Department of the Interior through its Superintendent of Rocky Mountains Park, Parks became, in 1908, a unit of the Forestry branch and, in 1911, a separate entity known as the Dominion (later National) Parks Branch. From 1918 to 1966, the Canadian Wildlife Service was a unit within the National Parks Branch. In 1973, Parks acquired control of historic canals, previously under the control of several different government departments. In 1979, Parks Canada became part of the Department of the Environment and in 1988 it was renamed the Canadian Parks Service. (Taken from: "Government Archives Division: General Guide Series." Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1991.)

Custodial history

The transcripts were created by Daniel Francis for Parks Canada. Photocopies of the transcripts were forwarded by Parks Canada to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of photocopies of 43 interview transcripts of residents of the Trent Valley area. The interviews were conducted by Daniel Francis under contract, in 1979, to Parks Canada and focus on such themes as transportation, commerce, settlement, tourism, and resource development. They relate to the section of the Trent-Severn waterway stretching from the mouth of the Otonabee River to Bobcaygeon.

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The copies of the transcripts were donated from Parks Canada via John E. Lewis, Assistant Regional Director.

The original interview transcripts are with Parks Canada, Cornwall, Ontario.


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There are no restrictions on access, but permission from the interviewees is required to quote from interviews.

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The agreement between the interviewees and Parks Canada does not provide for explicit use by other than Parks Canada staff. Consequently, individuals wishing to quote from the transcripts should seek permission from interviewees on a case by case basis. Addresses are provided to facilitate this.

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Associated material located at the Library and Archives Canada (R.G. 84).


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