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Finding Aid - Juvenile Advocate Society fonds (PF5)

Juvenile Advocate Society fonds

1821-1826
 
25.5 cm of textual records

 
Administrative History
In February of 1821, students-at-law met in York, Upper Canada, to form themselves into an association called the Juvenile Advocate Society. Only students-at-law of the Law Society of Upper Canada were admitted into the new society. The first executive consisted of Daniel Sullivan, Bencher; Richard Robison, Vice Bencher; and, Robert Baldwin, Secretary and Treasurer. The Society conducted discussion and debate on points of law, as well as encouraged reading on legal issues. The Society played an informal educational role for law students at a time when no formal law school existed. The Society appears to have disbanded around the year 1826.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the administration, proceedings, and debates of the Juvenile Advocate Society, a student society associated with the Law Society of Upper Canada, based in York, Upper Canada. Included in the fonds are correspondence, receipts, minute books, dockets, memoranda, and a membership roll. The dockets document financial matters, various proceedings, and constitutions and ordinances of the Society.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access.

PF5-1 Correspondence

1821-1823
0.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of letters or drafts of letters written primarily by or addressed to Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), one of the most active and prominent members of the Society.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-001 Miscellaneous correspondence. -- 1821-1823

PF5-2 Dockets

1823-1824
7.5 cm of textual records

 
Scope and Content
Series consists of bound docket books used by members of the Society to document the activities and functions of their main organizational units. These units include the Committee of Direction, the Banc, the Forum and the Treasury.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-002 Docket of the Banc. -- 1823-1824
984037-003 Docket of the Committee of Direction. -- 1823-1824
984037-004 Docket of the Forum. -- 1823-1824
984037-005 Docket of the Treasury. -- 1823-1824

PF5-3 Financial accounts

1823
2 p.

Scope and Content
Series consists of records pertaining to the financial activities of the Juvenile Advocate Society, particularly accounts of money spent and received, and items purchased. The records in this series were kept on a sessional basis, in accordance with the academic term.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-006 Account of monies received and paid. – 1823
984037-007 Account of monies received and paid. -- [1823?]

PF5-4 Journals

1821-1823
8.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting the meetings and gatherings of the Juvenile Advocate Society. Though described as journals by Society members, these records are the formal minute books of the Society's sessional meetings. The records detail the nature of the proceedings, motions and resolutions passed, and the members present. The journals were created and organized according to academic term and document the Society's activities in the Hilary, Easter, Trinity and Michaelmas terms between 1821 and 1823.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-008 Minute book. – 1821
984037-009 Journal - Easter term - 1821. – 1821
984037-010 Journal - Trinity term - 1821. – 1821
984037-011 Journal - Michaelmas term - 1821-1822. -- 1821-1822
984037-012 Journal - Hilary term - 1822. – 1822
984037-013 Journal - Easter term - 1822. – 1822
984037-014 Journal - Trinity term - 1822. – 1822
984037-015 Journal - Michaelmas term - 1822-1823. -- 1822-1823
984037-016 Journal - Hilary term - 1823. – 1823
984037-017 Journal - Michaelmas term - 1823. – 1823

PF5-5 Member rolls

1823-1826
3 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of records pertaining to membership and the roles of individuals in the Juvenile Advocate Society. The records in this series illustrate the processes of becoming a member of the organization and being elected to an executive position such as Treasurer, Keeper of the Seal, Bencher, Solicitor, or Prolocutor. Records also document the names of prominent members of the Society from 1823 to 1826.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-018 Commissions. -- 1823-1824
984037-019 Patent roll. -- 1823-1826

PF5-6 Memoranda

1824
0.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of a memoranda book that documents the rules and regulations of the Chamber of the Banc, a main component of the Juvenile Advocate Society.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-020 Memoranda of the practice and rules of the Chamber of the Banc. – 1824

PF5-7 Ordinances and constitutions

1821-1825
5.5 cm of textual records (2 v.)

Scope and Content
Series consists of two volumes documenting the constitutions, rules, regulations and purpose of the Juvenile Advocate Society. These records document the Society's role as a preparatory organization for the training of young lawyers in York, Upper Canada, with its emphasis on the functions of the Banc and the Forum, and as a social organization.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984037-021 Ordinances of the Advocate Society. -- 1821-1823
984037-022 Enrollments of the Advocate Society. -- 1822-1825
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