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Eric Harvie fonds

1854-1975, predominant 1918-1975

Physical Description:
38.5 m of textual records. -- 1.5 m of photographs. -- 1 film reel

Eric Lafferty Harvie, 1892-1975, was born and educated in Orillia, Ontario. He studied law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto and at the University of Alberta in Edmonton; graduated in 1914; and was admitted to the bar in 1915. Shortly thereafter he enlisted for military service and served until the end of the First World War. Harvie practised law from 1919 until 1950, starting in the firm Ford, Miller and Harvie, then practising on his own until forming Harvie and Arnold, then Harvie, Arnold and Crawford. He had numerous business interests and formed several companies including Managers Limited, Western Leaseholds, Western Minerals and Western Chemicals. He amassed a considerable fortune, particularly through his activities in the petroleum industry. In the 1950s he began to return his wealth to Canadians through a variety of charitable foundations including the Glenbow Foundation (which in 1966 became the Glenbow-Alberta Institute), the Harvie Foundation, the Riveredge Foundation, the Ace Foundation and the Devonian Foundation. Harvie served as Director of a wide variety of organizations, including the Southam Company, many financial institutions, oil and gas companies and non-profit organizations. He belonged to a wide variety of associations, organizations and clubs. He was instrumental in founding the Fathers of Confederation Memorial Citizens Foundation and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. During the Second World War, Harvie was Commandant of the Calgary Mounted Constabulary and he was Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and Honorary Colonel of the Calgary Highlanders from 1948 to 1962. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1968, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 1967, was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 2013. Eric Harvie School in Calgary was named for him in 2015. Eric Harvie married Dorothy Jean Southam (1895-1988) in 1919 and they had three children - Margaret Joy (Maclaren) (1922-2014), Donald Southam (1924-2001) and Frederick Neil Southam (1929-1999). For further information see A Gentleman from a Fading Age : Eric Lafferty Harvie / Fred M. Diehl. - Calgary : Devonian Foundation, 1989.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of memos, notes, correspondence, legal documents, photographs, clippings and other information relating to Eric Harvie's law practice and business interests, personal interests and charitable activities, as well as the Harvie and Lafferty families; also consists of the papers and photos of Joy Harvie Maclaren.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations, 1979, and Joy Harvie Maclaren, 2004-2014.

The material is in English.

A few of the legal client files (relating to divorce or adoption) are restricted until 70 years after last date in file.

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

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Other Eric Harvie-related fonds held by Glenbow Archives include: Managers Limited, Western Leaseholds Limited, Western Minerals Limited, Alberta Chemicals Limited, Alberta Sulphate Limited, Glenbow Investments Limited, Glenbow Foundation, Harvie Foundation, Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Riveredge Foundation, Ace Foundation, Devonian Foundation, Lafferties Securities Limited, Leonora C. Woods, and Woods Foundation.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
G-1, PC-24, NA-3316, NB-17, M-9053, PD-132-(59, 62, 64), PD-435

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