English-French school correspondence files and inspection summary registers Help


Ontario Government Record Series RG 2-102

English-French school correspondence files and inspection summary registers


About these records

Title
English-French school correspondence files and inspection summary registers
Dates of Creation
1911-1927
Physical Description

60 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda and newspaper clippings regarding French English instruction in Ontario and Instruction 17. Also includes 3 registers summarizing inspectors' reports on English-French Schools. The summarized inspection information may include number of textbooks used, number of pupils enrolled, primary language of instruction, name and qualifications of teachers, and remarks frequently indicating degree of compliance to Instruction 17, and information on textbooks and the school building. The inspections were conducted from 1912 until 1927, and are arranged chronologically and then according to locality.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

English-French schools were Public or Separate Schools designated by the Minister of Education for inspection by English-French School Inspectors and in which French was a language of instruction. Instruction 17 (commonly known as Regulation 17) was issued in 1912 and provided direction on replacing French by English as a teaching language in schools; use of French as a language of instruction was not permitted past Form I; government funding was contingent on the employment of teachers able to teach in English; only authorized textbooks could be used; and, increased inspection of the English-French schools would ensure that the new regulations were enforced. Instruction 17 was not repealed until 1944 but after the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Condition of the Schools attended by French-Speaking Pupils (Merchant Commission) reported in 1927 it was not enforced.

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Ontario. Dept. of Education

Restrictions on Access
The original records are closed for preservation reasons; there on no restrictions on access to the microfilmed copy.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The correspondence contained in the series was acquired by the Department of Public Records and Archives from the Department of Education in 1947; the inspection reports were acquired in 1964.
Related Material

Related records held by the Archives of Ontario include: Report on the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Condition of the Schools attended by French-Speaking Pupils (Reference Code: RG 2-161).

Availability of Other Formats

Also available on microfilm.
Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

This series was formerly described as RG 2, series F-3-G.

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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1911-1927 :

Department of Education (AA3)

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