Fonds F112 - Lionel Coderre fonds

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Lionel Coderre fonds

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  • 1964-1982 (Creation)

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2.16 m of textual records
3 sound recordings (135 minutes)

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Lionel Philias Coderre was born in Coderre, Saskatchewan on April 15, 1915 to Eudore and Claudia (Charbonneau) Coderre. He was educated in Coderre and attended College Mathieu in Gravelbourg. Coderre was employed as a nurse at the Provincial Hospital in Weyburn from 1937 to 1939, when he joined the armed services (South Saskatchewan Regiment). After being honourably discharged in 1945, Coderre returned to Coderre, where he owned and operated the local power plant and hardware store.

Coderre's involvement in provincial politics began in 1951, when he became president of the Gravelbourg Liberal Association. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1956 and served as a Liberal member for the Gravelbourg constituency until 1971. Coderre served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister of Labour (1964-1970); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1964-1970) and Minister of Public Works (1970-1971). Coderre retired from political life following the Liberal defeat in the 1971 provincial election.

Coderre died in Regina on August 3, 1995.

Coderre married Pauline Graf in 1946. They had three children: Claudia, Richard and Barbara.

Custodial history

Lionel Coderre donated certain records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 1971 and 1982: June, 1971 (no accession number assigned) and R82-626 (December 24, 1982). Richard Coderre, son of Lionel Coderre, donated certain records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 2006: R2006-154 (March 15, 2006) and R2006-193 (May 3, 2006).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Lionel Coderre in his political career as Minister of Labour; Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development; Minister of Public Works; Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for Gravelbourg; and member of Liberal Party of Saskatchewan.

The fonds contains a very small volume of personal records.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, publications, legislation, speeches and minutes. Also included are sound recordings of a 1982 interview with Coderre relating to his career as a MLA and Cabinet Minister.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records is subject to the terms of an agreement with Lionel Coderre dated July 15, 1971 and the terms and conditions of The Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 359 (old guide GR 87) consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records. Item descriptions of sound recordings are available in Regina Main Card Catalogue.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Coderre from 1964 to 1970 as Minister of Labour are located in the Donald MacLennan fonds (see old guide GR 115, R-68). R-A8361: 1965 head and shoulders portrait of Coderre R-B7136: Two photographs of Coderre S-F28: slide of Coderre as MLA, no date. S-F18: Coderre as Liberal candidate in Gravelbourg constituency.

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No further accruals are expected. Unprocessed records exist in this fonds. Access to these records is unavailable at this time. Please consult reference archivist for details.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 87 (R-24); Sound recordings: R-8348 to R-8350

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