Canadian Post Office publications, 1759-1900

S​earch this database to find orders for postmasters and clerks, laws and regulations, post office locations, and the names of postmasters from 1759 to 1900.

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  • Go to Collection Search and click on "Advanced Search"
  • In one of the four empty boxes, enter keywords such as:
    • postage rate
    • tender (eg. contracts)
    • uniforms
    • the name of a place or person
  • For "Database," select "Canadian Post Office Publications”
  • For “Date," enter a specific year or a range of years (optional)
  • For “Month,” leave the option at "All" or select a month from the drop-down menu
  • For “Day,” leave the option at "All" or select a number from the drop-down menu
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    • Circulars
    • Canada Official Postal Guides
    • Other Publications
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About the document types

The database contains about 25,000 digitized pages from 3 main types of documents. Most are in English only.

Circulars (1828 to 1900)

Circulars are notices that were sent to every post office in the country. Some were for staff only, while others were public announcements to be posted. They include information such as:

  • updates to regulations
  • reminders of how to follow regulations
  • new procedures

Canada Official Postal Guides (1863 to 1900)

These guides are yearly publications sent to every post office in the country, and include information such as:

  • regulations
  • postal rates
  • details about local, national and foreign post
  • lists of permitted and prohibited articles
  • lists of post offices
  • lists of postmasters

Publications (1759 to 1872)

Publications include

  • gazetteers
  • bills
  • acts
  • regulations
  • royal declarations
  • official instructions
  • committee reports

Related resources

Post Offices and Postmasters

Monthly supplements to the Canada Postal Guide

Supplements include information such as post offices that opened in that month, changes in existing post offices, and new regulations postmasters. Monthly supplements for the following years are available:

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