The Osgoode Society

Region: Ontario Answer # 951

The Osgoode Society was incorporated in May of 1979. In 1993 it became the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. It was founded at the initiative of Roy McMurtry, a former Attorney General for Ontario, and officials of the Law Society of Ontario. Its purpose is to study and promote public interest in the history of the law, the legal profession and the judiciary in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada, and to stimulate research and publication on these subjects.

The Society is an incorporated body registered as a charity. Its affairs are managed by a board of directors and a staff which includes a President, an Editor-in-Chief, an Associate Editor, an Administrator, and a Treasurer. The Society’s offices are located in Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto.

The Society’s principal work is its Publication program. To date, it has published over 95 books dealing with almost every aspect of Canadian legal history. Each year the Society publishes a regular volume, a copy of which is mailed to each member of the Society at no extra charge. Membership in the Society is open to any interested individual for a nominal fee.

The Society also runs the Oral History Program, the largest of it’s type in the world. Over 600 people have been interviewed by the Society, and over 90,000 pages of transcript have been added to the Archives of Ontario.

The Society’s funding is provided by membership fees supplemented by the support of law firms which contribute either as patrons or as benefactors. The Society also receives an annual grant from The Law Foundation of Ontario.

For more information about the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, visit osgoodesociety.ca.

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