How to use this site

For ease of reference, download the Research Guide.

The Index serves as a catalogue of all of the papers contained in C.C.R.O. archives in the McGill collection. For each document, the Index provides the title, author, date, and keywords (the latter in both French and English). Each document has a code that identifies it individually: all have a committee designation, all have an identification number, and almost all have an indication of document type.

Title — Most, but not all, documents bear a title. The same title may have been used for several documents. Multiple versions of the same document may have been indexed either under the same title or, occasionally, as various drafts of the same paper.

Author — The index identifies the author unless such person is unknown. There are some documents without signed authors. These items are not recorded in the author column.

Date — The date appearing upon each document is provided, in the form of month, day, and year (e.g. 07/27/72 means July 27, 1972). If a document bears a series of dates, the final date is listed. Undated documents have a listing of 00/00/00.

Keywords — Keywords, given in English and French, serve to identify areas of law and topics dealt with by each document. The keywords have been introduced by the editors of the Index and did not form part of the original work of the C.C.R.O. Keywords have been categorized by subjects. For a full listing of keywords, consult Appendix B of the Research Guide.

Classification system

The C.C.R.O. devised an in-house system of classification to organize its documents. This system has been retained for the archives and now serves to identify each particular document in the archives by way of a "document code". The codes consist of three elements presented as a configuration of letters and numbers separated by a diagonal slash: the first element indicates the committee from whence the document originates; the second element signifies the type of document; and the third element identifies the document individually. The three elements are combined to form one entire code (e.g. Y/C/1, B/C/23, etc.), assigned to one particular document.

Committee — The first part of the document code is a letter (or combination of letters) designating the committee using the document. The list of individual committees and their associated codes is available by consulting Appendix C of the Research Guide.

Document Type — The middle element of the code consists of a letter (or set of letters) referring to the type of document in question. The list of the different types of documents and the letters assigned to each is available by consulting Appendix D of the Research Guide.

Number — The final element of the code is a number, serving to identify each document within a particular category. For example, within the committee designated "B" (i.e. the Committee on Obligations) and the documents designated L (i.e. comments following the yellow report), there are multiple documents styled B/L/1, B/L/2, B/L/3, and so on. The ordering of the numbers does not have any special meaning: the documents were numbered by the C.C.R.O. in a diverse manner and are neither in chronological order, alphabetical order, nor arranged according to subject groupings.

How to search the archives

Please refer to the Research Guide for detailed search instructions.