Collection S718 - William Lyon Mackenzie King collection

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William Lyon Mackenzie King collection

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S718

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  • 1899-1999 (Creation)

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36.5 cm of textual records
12 photographs

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(1847-1950)

Biographical history

William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was Canada's longest serving Prime Minister with a total of 22 years (1921-1930 and 1935-1948). King was born in Berlin, Ontario (present day Kitchener) on December 17, 1874. He graduated from the University of Toronto and went on to study economics at Harvard and Chicago University. In 1900 King was named Canada's first Deputy Minister of Labour, and became Minister of Labour in 1909. In 1921 King was elected Prime Minster of Canada. King was a member of the Liberal Party of Parliament for over 30 years, 22 of those years were spent as Prime Minister of Canada. William Lyon Mackenzie King died on July 22, 1950 in Kingsmere, Quebec.

Custodial history

The C. Mortimer Bezeau papers (Series 1) were purchased by the Wilfrid Laurier University Library in 1974.

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The collection consists of material related to William Lyon Mackenzie King. It includes publications and correspondence created by King, and other material about King.

Series 1 - C. Mortimer Bezeau Papers contains letters between King and his friend Charles Mortimer Bezeau (1871-1964), Liberal party member and mayor of Kitchener in 1931-1932. Letters from King are originals, and letters to King are copies. Some of the letters are written by King's private secretaries. Also contains correspondence between Bezeau and the CBC regarding a documentary about King. This series includes issues of Kitchener newspapers The Dawn, The Sunset and the Weekly Advertiser, which may have been published by Bezeau.

Series 2 - Hoffman Papers contains letters between King and Mrs. Hoffman (later Mrs. Heather). The letters are related to Hoffman renting her house to King and several other personal greeting letters. Includes correspondence and graphic material, including postcards and photographs. Letters from King are originals, and letters to King are copies.

Series 6 - Newton W. Rowell papers contains correspondence between King and N.W. Rowell, Liberal Party member and former MPP. The letters are strictly related to the political atmosphere in Canada in 1926. Letters from King are originals. Letters to King are copies.

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Many items from the William Lyon Mackenzie King collection have been transcribed and digitized, including correspondence and photographs. Links to digital copies are found in files.

Link to all digital items in William Lyon Mackenzie King collection:
http://images.ourontario.ca/Laurier/3431437/data?q=&bl=and&st=kw&da=&db=&lc=&grd=7263&itype=&sort=&rows=20

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  • Shelf: Room 1-124 Shelf 21-3-3