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|Title||William Lyon Mackenzie King : Spiritualism (J9)|
MG 26 J 9
Politics and Politicians
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874 - 1950) was the longest serving Prime Minister in Canadian history, with tenures from 1921 to June 1926; from September 1926 to 1930; and from 1935 to 1948. Mackenzie King was a Liberal, and played a major role in developing Canada's welfare state. In addition to being a politician, he was a journalist, civil servant, author, and labour conciliator. He also served as the country's Minister of Labour from 1909 to 1911 in Sir Wilfrid Laurier's cabinet. He was additionally Secretary of State for External Affairs from 1921 to 1926, 1926 to 1930 and 1935 to 1946.
This collection contains correspondence, pamphlets, notes and memoranda arranged in nominal and subject files. There is correspondence with various mediums and other friends and acquaintances of King who were interested in spiritualism. Of particular interest are the files of séance records. It should be noted that there is also much information on Mackenzie King and spiritualism in the King diaries series (J13). It might be useful to look at the correspondence and séance records in the Spiritualism series in conjunction with the diary entries for the same dates.