Collection Acc4640 - Eric L. Harvie collection

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Eric L. Harvie collection

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CA PCA Acc4640

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  • [ca. 1747-1844] (Creation)
    Harvie, Eric L.

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.085 m of textual records
4 maps

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Harvie, Eric L.

Biographical history

Eric Laffery Harvie (1892-1975) was born and educated in Orillia, Ontario. He received his law degree from the University of Alberta, and practised law in Calgary, Alberta for many years with the firms Ford, Miller and Harvie and Harvie, Arnold and Crawford. He was involved with the petroleum industry through which he amassed a great fortune. Harvie's military career included serving as a lieutenant in the 15th Lighthorse, 103rd Calgary Regiment and overseas during World War 1 with the 56th and 49th Battalions. Beginning in the 1950s, he began to return his wealth to Canadians through his work with charities and historical foundations. A world traveller and avid collector, Harvie purchased artifacts, art and documents pertaining to the history of Canada, and all variety of historical, cultural and natural history items. In 1966, Harvie donated his large collections to the people of Alberta. By provincial legislation, the Glenbow-Alberta Institue was established to house the collections. The Glenbow is a leading Canadian cultural institution, comprising of a museum, art gallery, library and archives. Eric Harvie and his wife, Dorothy Southam (d. 1988) had three children: Donald Southam, Neil, and Joy (Maclaren).

Custodial history

This collection was donated to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum in 1964 by Eric L. Harvie and family. The collection was transferred to the Public Archives and Records Office in November 1998.

Scope and content

The collection consists of 9 items which pertain to Prince Edward Island's early history. Included are 4 maps of the maritime provinces, a circa 1767 description of the Island of Saint John, Prince Edward Island land grant reports for 1769 and 1844, and correspondence dated 1811 between the Rt. Hon. Robert Dundas and J. Wolfe Murray regarding Scottish emigration to Prince Edward Island and other points in North America.

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Accession numbers assigned by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum have been retained in square brackets in item listing

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  • English

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The Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta, holds the Eric Lafferty Harvie fonds, 1920-1975, comprising 34 meters of textual records consisting of law practice files, personal, family and business correspondence, petroleum business records and photographs

See also Acc2525, "Explanation referring to the townships", which is similar to Item 5

For more information regarding Eric L. Harvie see: "A gentleman from a fading age: Eric Lafferty Harvie" / Fred M. Dieh (Calgary : Devonian Foundation, 1989)

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Items 6 and 7 are oversize. Maps, Items 1 - 3, are located in map cabinets

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  • English

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