Archives of Prime Ministers of Canada at Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) acquires private documentary heritage reflecting the executive, legislative, and political functions of Canada’s federal governance system, including the personal, political and ministerial records of Canada’s prime ministers. To date, LAC has acquired the private fonds of all of Canada’s former prime ministers, with the exception of R.B. Bennett and John Diefenbaker. LAC holds microfilm copies of the original records of R.B. Bennett and John Diefenbaker.

Prime ministers’ archives are available through Collection Search and can be searched using the archival reference numbers provided.

Canada’s prime ministers

Sir John Alexander Macdonald

  • Served: 1867–1873; 1878–1891
  • Archival reference number: R14424

Alexander Mackenzie

  • Served: 1873–1878
  • Archival reference number: R5744

Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott

  • Served: 1891–1892
  • Archival reference number: R14085

Sir John Sparrow David Thompson

  • Served: 1892–1894
  • Archival reference number: R2810

Sir Mackenzie Bowell

  • Served: 1894–1896
  • Archival reference number: R11850

Sir Charles Tupper

  • Served: 1896
  • Archival reference number: R12555

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

  • Served: 1896–1911
  • Archival reference number: R10811

Sir Robert Laird Borden

  • Served: 1911–1920
  • Archival reference number: R6113

Arthur Meighen

  • Served: 1920–1921; 1926
  • Archival reference number: R14423

William Lyon Mackenzie King

  • Served: 1921–1926; 1926–1930; 1935–1948
  • Archival reference number: R10383

Richard Bedford Bennett

  • Served: 1930–1935
  • Archival reference number: R11336 (mostly copies on microfilm; originals preserved at University of New Brunswick Archives and Special Collections)

Louis Stephen St-Laurent

  • Served: 1948–1957
  • Archival reference number: R11214

John George Diefenbaker

  • Served: 1957–1963
  • Archival reference number: R5770 (mostly copies on microfilm; originals preserved at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, University of Saskatchewan)

Lester Bowles Pearson

  • Served: 1963–1968
  • Archival reference number: R7581

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

  • Served: 1968–1979; 1980–1984
  • Archival reference number: R11629

Charles Joseph Clark

  • Served: 1979–1980
  • Archival reference number: R10206

John Napier Turner

  • Served: 1984
  • Archival reference number: R1288

Martin Brian Mulroney

  • Served: 1984–1993
  • Archival reference number: R10250

A. Kim Campbell

  • Served: 1993
  • Archival reference number: R10052

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien

  • Served: 1993–2003
  • Archival reference number: R11344

Paul Edgar Philippe Martin

  • Served: 2003–2006
  • Archival reference number: R12583

Stephen Joseph Harper

  • Served: 2006–2015
  • Archival reference number: R16093
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