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Douglas Scott Harkness fonds

1926-1977, predominant 1953-1968

Physical Description:
14 cm of textual records. -- 2 photographs. -- 1 audio disc

Douglas Scott Harkness, 1903-1999, was born in Toronto and moved to Alberta with his family at an early age. He graduated with a BA from the University of Alberta, was a farmer, then a teacher at Crescent Heights High School in Calgary. He served overseas during the Second World War and was by decorated King George VI. A Progressive Conservative, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Calgary in 1945, and served as an MP until 1972. He served as Minister of Northern Affairs & Natural Resources, 1957, Minister of Agriculture, 1957-1960, and Minister of National Defence, 1960-1963. He resigned as Defence Minister in 1963 because of a disagreement with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker over nuclear arms. He married Francis Elizabeth MacMillan in 1932 and they had one son, Kenneth Blair. In 1975 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary and in 1978 was awarded the Order of Canada. Douglas Harkness School in Calgary was named in his honour in 1976.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of speeches for radio and television broadcasts, election correspondence (especially 1968), newsclippings about Harkness and the nuclear controversy, Progressive Conservative Party pamphlets (1926-1959), photographs of Harkness (1957) and early Calgary, and miscellany. Includes speech recorded on the occastion of his 1945 election.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of D.S. Harkness, James Gladstone, Hugh Dempsey, and Cameron Treleaven, 1960-1999.

The material is in English.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4762, PA-2065, PB-499, NA-3839, RAD-53

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