Fonds BF3 - Robert W. Mitchell fonds

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Robert W. Mitchell fonds

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  • 1933-1998, predominant 1986-1998 (Creation)

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28.20 m of textual records
78 photographs
5 video cassettes

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Biographical history

Robert Wayne Mitchell was born in 1936 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan. He practiced law and worked as a labour relations expert prior to his election to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986. Mitchell served as a New Democratic Party member for Saskatoon Fairview (1986-1999) and held numerous portfolios in the Roy Romanow Government (1991-1998). After resigning from Cabinet and vacating his seat in the Saskatchewan Legislature, Mitchell became Chief Negotiator for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (1999) and was later appointed police complaints investigator for Saskatchewan (2004) and chair of the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission (2009). Mitchell died in 2016.

Custodial history

Robert Mitchell donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 1998: R98-263 ( August 31, 1998 ) and R98-265 (September 2, 1998). Records created by Ned Shillington in 1995 as Minister of Justice and Attorney General were identified in the Mitchell fonds at the time of arrangement.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1986 to 1998 by Robert W. Mitchell in his political career as Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Minister of Labour; Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training; Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission and Saskatchewan New Careers Corporation; and member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for Saskatoon Fairview. A small volume of records created in 1995 by Ned Shillington as Minister of Justice and Attorney General are included.

Also included are political records Mitchell created, accumulated and used as a New Democratic Party (NDP) Opposition Critic; NDP Caucus member and NDP Caucus Co-Chair of Economic Development, Trade and the Environment Policy Commission.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, speeches, agendas and minutes, photographs, legal and financial documents, newspaper clippings, news releases, audio cassettes, video cassettes, maps and computer disks.

This fonds is missing records Mitchell created as Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment; Provincial Secretary; Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions.

Public and private records are contained in this fonds.

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Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. Series titles supplied by archivist. All sub-series and file titles provided by records creator except for those indicated in square brackets. Most of the records were accompanied by file keys from Mitchell's ministerial offices.

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Restrictions on access

These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated February 20, 1995. 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 3 consists of fonds, series, file and item descriptions. The paper guide consists of higher level descriptions only. For additional descriptions, see Threshold CD #5 SAFA 3.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Robert Mitchell in 1997 and 1998 as Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General are located in the Eric Cline fonds (BF 20).

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No further accruals are expected.

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5 audio cassettes; 5 computer disks; 11 maps.

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Other codes: Photographs: R-A28455 to R-A28462, R-A28482 to R-A28489, R-B13483, R-B13501 to R-B13505; Video cassettes: VT R-11774 to VT R-11778; Audio cassettes: R-15366 to R-15370

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