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Finding Aid - George D. Finlayson fonds (PF207)

George D. Finlayson fonds

1961-[2008?]
 
67.5 cm of textual records
10 compact discs
1 photograph : col. ; 20.3 x 25.3 cm

 
Biographical Sketch
George Duncan Finlayson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 4 December 1927 to Roderick Finlayson and Jean Duncan. After growing up between Winnipeg and Ottawa, Finlayson enrolled in University College at the University of Toronto, where he received a BA in 1949. The same year, he entered Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in 1953 after articling with Beverley Matthews at law firm McCarthy & McCarthy, where he continued to work as a litigator in criminal and civil law. In 1964, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel, and he received a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) in 1981. Finlayson was also a member of the Bars of Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territory. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario on 4 December 1984, and he was a member of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and an ex officio judge of the High Court of Justice for Ontario. In addition to his legal work, Finlayson was elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1970, and he served as Treasurer from May 1978 to May 1980. He was also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Club, the Medico-Legal Society, the County of York Bar Association and an original member of the Advocates' Society. George Finlayson died on 23 March 2008.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by George D. Finlayson largely pertaining to the research and writing of a biography of John J. Robinette, his colleague at the law firm of McCarthy & McCarthy. Also included in the fonds are a selection of Finlayson's speeches and personal correspondence.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access.
 

PF207-1 John J. Robinette biography files

1976, 1982-2002
46.5 cm of textual records
10 compact discs 

Scope and Content
Series consists of records created and accumulated by George Finlayson pertaining to the research and writing of his book about lawyer John J. Robinette, titled "John J. Robinette, peerless mentor: an appreciation", published by the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History in 2003.

PF207-1-1 Research files

1976, 1982-2002
41.5 cm of textual records 

Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of records created and accumulated by George Finlayson pertaining to research for his book about John J. Robinette. Records largely relate to Robinette's notable cases and work at McCarthy & McCarthy, and the editing and content of book chapters. Records include legal judgments, book chapter drafts, interview transcripts, correspondence, memoranda, indexes, and newspaper and journal articles.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012004-001 Apprenticed to the law. – 2001
2012004-002 Counsel to Canada. – 2002
2012004-003 Epilogue. -- 1996, 2002
2012004-004 Interview transcripts: John Arnup. -- Nov. 1982 - Apr. 1983
2012004-005 John J. Robinette. -- 1990, 2000-2001
2012004-006 John J. Robinette: Osgoode Society interview transcript: volume one. – 1987
2012004-007 John J. Robinette: Osgoode Society interview transcript: volume two. -- 1987-1988
2012004-008 John J. Robinette: replies to solicitations for information. – 2001
2012004-009 Leitch v. Texas Gulf. -- 2001-2002
2012004-010 Miscellaneous. -- 1992, 1996, 2001-2002
2012004-011 The mother of all constitutional cases. – 2002
2012004-012 Not too old to cut the mustard. – 2002
2012004-013 Robinette: index of cases. – 2001
2012004-014 Ross v. Lamport. -- 2001-2002
2012004-015 Search for documents. – 2001
2012004-016 Steven Suchan. – 2001
2012004-017 Suchan. -- 1990, 2001
2012004-018 Taking in our own laundry: part II: NONG [Northern Ontario Natural Gas] and Leo Laudreville. -- 2001-2002
2012004-019 The view from Olympus. -- 1976, 1991, 2002

PF207-1-2 Draft manuscripts

2002
5 cm of textual records
10 compact discs

Scope and Content
Sub-series primarily consists of draft manuscripts of George Finlayson's book "John J. Robinette, peerless mentor: an appreciation", written during 2001 and 2002.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012004-020 Robinette - early drafts. -- 4 Feb. 2002
2012004-021 John J. Robinette: final chapters 1 to 13. -- 14 Apr. 2002
2012004-022 John J. Robinette: a memoir: final draft. -- 16 May 2002
2012004-023 John J. Robinette: a memoir: final draft: chapters 1 to 15. -- 3 June 2002
2012004-024 John J. Robinette: a memoir: final draft: chapters 1 to 15. -- 3 June 2002
2012004-025 John J. Robinette: a memoir: final draft: chapters 1 to 15. -- 2 July 2002
2012004-026 John J. Robinette: a memoir: final draft. -- 10 July 2002
2012004-027 John J. Robinette: peerless mentor: an appreciation. -- 22 Aug. 2002
2012004-028 John J. Robinette: peerless mentor: an appreciation: flaw in epilogue. -- 22 Aug. 2002
2012004-029 John J. Robinette: peerless mentor. -- 24 Sept. 2002
2012004-030 John J. Robinette: peerless mentor: an appreciation. -- 27 Sept. 2002
 

PF207-2 Personal correspondence

1995, 2002
1 cm of textual records 

Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence sent and received by George Finlayson pertaining to personal and law-related subjects.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012004-031 P.D. Isbister. – 1995
2012004-032 Personal letters and cards on the occasion of your retirement. – 2002
 

PF207-3 Photographs

[between 2006 and 2008]
1 photograph : col. ; 20.3 x 25.3 cm 

Scope and Content
Series consists of a photograph of George Finlayson with former Treasurers of the Law Society, taken during Gavin MacKenzie's term as Treasurer.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012004-01P Photograph of Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie with former Treasurers. -- [between 2006 and 2008]
 

PF207-4 Speeches and interview transcripts

1961, 1978-1992
20 cm of textual records 

Scope and Content
Series primarily consists of speeches given by George Finlayson, as well as some of his other writing, pertaining to a variety of legal topics. Also included are transcripts of Finlayson's 1988 and 1990 interviews with the Osgoode Society.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012004-033 Call to the Bar - 1991 - Toronto. – 1991
2012004-034 Finlayson: speeches. – 1991
2012004-035 G.D. Finlayson: the Osgoode Society: volume I. – 1988
2012004-036 G.D. Finlayson: the Osgoode Society: volume II. -- 1988, 1990
2012004-037 G.D. Finlayson re: speeches. -- 1961, 1983-1987
2012004-038 Law Society of Upper Canada: "Wrongful Dismissal": Nov. 19/92. – 1992
2012004-039 Speeches and other writing. -- 1978-1989
 
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