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Canadian government official

Wilfred Irvin Smith, former Canadian government official. Decorated officer Order Canada; recipient Canada decoration, 1958, Centennial medal, 1967, Jubilee medal, 1978, Royal Society of Canada medal, 1980, Outstanding Achievement award Canada Government, 1983.


Smith, Wilfred Irvin was born on May 20, 1919 in Port La Tour, Canada. Son of Claude Albert and Deborah (Inglis) Smith.


Bachelor, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1943. Master of Arts, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1946. Doctor of Civil Law, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1975.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Minnesota, 1968.


Lecturer, University of Minnesota, 1948;Lecturer, U. Saskatchewan, 1948-1950;Lecturer, Carleton U., 1955-1960;member of staff, Public Archives Canada, 1950-1984;director history branch, Public Archives Canada, 1964-1965;assistant, then acting dominion archivist, Public Archives Canada, 1965-1970;dominion archivist, Public Archives Canada, 1970-1984. Member Canadian National Library Advisory Board, Canadian Permanent Committee Geography Names, Historic Sites and Monuments Board Can, Indian History Manuscripts Commission. Former member international advising committee documentation, libraries and archives United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


  • In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for having "developed the Public Archives of Canada into a world-class institution".


Served to major Canadian and British armies, 1943-1945. Fellow Society of America Archivists (past president). Honorary life member International Council Archives (secretary general), Canadian History Association (past editor history booklets), Association Canadian Archivists, Order St. John.

Member Society Archivists, American Antiquarian Association, Canadian Heraldry Society (honorary vice president), United Empire Loyalists Association (honorary vice president), Guards Association, Friends of Canada War Museum, Canloan Association (president).


Married Joan Eileen Capstick, November 27, 1946. Children: Gordon, Heather, Gail.

Claude Albert Smith

Deborah (Inglis) Smith

Joan Eileen Capstick

Gordon Smith

Heather Smith

Gail Smith