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Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations fonds


Physical Description:
43 m of textual records

The Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations comprises the Devonian Foundation (formerly the Harvie Foundation), the Riveredge Foundation, the Devcan Foundation, and the Candev Foundation. The Harvie Foundation was incorporated in 1955 as a charitable vehicle for the family of Eric L. Harvie. The first of its projects was the establishment of the Glenbow Foundation to manage Eric Harvie's Western Canadian collecting interests. After he donated the Glenbow Foundations collections to the people of Alberta in 1966, Eric Harvie created the Riveredge Foundation in order to continue his collecting interests. In 1969, the Harvie Foundation sponsored the Candev Foundation (formerly the Ace Foundation) with which Eric Harvie purchased the Centennial caravan and used it to display his own collections to the people of rural Alberta. In 1973, the name of the Harvie Foundation was changed to the Devonian Foundation when it was taken over by Donald S. Harvie. Half of the foundation's assets were placed in the federally incorporated Devcan Foundation in order for money to be donated to projects outside of Alberta. The four foundations were then reorganized under an umbrella group, The Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations. The policy of this group was to spend both all income and capital on a wide variety of projects in Alberta and across Canada. For further information see The family that Gave it all Back : Entrepreneurs in Philanthropy, the Devonian Foundation / by Fred M. Diehl. -- Calgary : The Foundation, 1989.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of legal, financial, administrative and project files of the Harvie Foundation (2500 Series); the Riveredge Foundation (3500 Series); the Devonian Foundation (500, 4200, 4700 Series); the Devcan Foundation (600, 4300 Series); the Candev Foundation (700, 3800, 4400 Series); and the Devonian Group (800, 4600 Series).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations, 1984-2001.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access, except where noted in the inventory.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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No further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6893, M-8625, M-8814

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