Fonds F7 - Ray Meiklejohn fonds

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Ray Meiklejohn fonds

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  • 1983-1991, predominant 1989-1991 (Creation)

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3.20 m of textual records
1 audio cassette

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Raymond Harry Meiklejohn was born on November 7, 1935 in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan to Robert James Meiklejohn and Ada Maria Woodbury. He received his primary and secondary education in Quill Lake. Meiklejohn attended Saskatoon Teacher's College and the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a Bachelor of Education degree (1965) and a postgraduate diploma (1975).

Prior to his entry into politics, Meiklejohn worked as a teacher and special education administrator in Saskatoon. Meiklejohn ran unsuccessfully in the Kelvington-Wadena constituency in the 1978 provincial general election. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986 and served as the Progressive Conservative member for the Saskatoon Mayfair constituency until 1991. Meiklejohn ran unsuccessfully in the 1984 federal election in the Humboldt-Lake Centre riding.

Meiklejohn served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Science and Technology (1986-1990); Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs (1988-1989); and Minister of Education (1989-1991). Meiklejohn was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Research Council (1986-1989); Meewasin Valley Authority (1986-1991); Agricultural Implements Board (1988-1989); Future Corporation (1989); Saskatchewan Gaming Commission (1989); Teachers' Superannuation Commission (1989-1991); Saskatchewan Communications Advanced Network (1989-1990); Status of Women (1990-1991).

After losing his seat in the 1991 provincial general election to Carol Teichrob (NDP), Meiklejohn worked as a scholarship trust fund representative and pager salesman for Rogers Cantel in Saskatoon.

Meiklejohn is currently (2006) semi-retired and resides in Platteville, Wisconsin, where his wife, Carol Sue Butts, is Provost and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Meiklejohn has three children with his first wife, Maidra Creswell: Laurel Rae, Elliott Craig and Catherine Elizabeth. He married Dr. Carol Sue Butts on October 6, 1990.

Custodial history

Meiklejohn donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1991: R91-288 (October 30, 1991). These records were transferred from Meiklejohn's ministerial office. Records created by Patricia A. Smith and Lorne Hepworth were identified in the Ray Meiklejohn fonds at the time of retro-description.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1989 to 1991 by Ray Meiklejohn in his political career as Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

The fonds includes records created by Lorne Hepworth as Minister of Education and Patricia A. Smith as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

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

The majority of material in this fonds is public record.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, news releases, newspaper clippings, budget material and an audio cassette.

Missing from the fonds are records created by Meiklejohn as Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs; and Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions.

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Arrangement reflects original order. Records created by Meiklejohn are interfiled with those of his predecessors in particular portfolios.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated October 30, 1991. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 137 (old guide GR 629) consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Meiklejohn as Minister of Education are located in the Lorne Hepworth fonds (F 419). Records created in 1989 by Meiklejohn as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Gaming Commission are located in the Jack Klein fonds (F 441).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: GR 629 (R-1692); Audio cassette: R-15926

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