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Douglas Scott Harkness fonds [textual record, graphic material, cartographic material]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

14.4 m of textual records.
225 photographs 224 b&w.
61 maps.
2 architectural drawings.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of Minister of National Defence, Numbered Series, 1944-1963, 11.4 m; Minister of National Defence and Minister of Agriculture; Unnumbered Series, including subseries "The Nuclear Crisis", 1958-1963, 5 cm; "Personal" Correspondence, 1957-1963, 70 cm; and subject files, 1953-1963, 25 cm; Member of Parliament, Calgary North/Calgary Centre, correspondence, notes, etc., 1954-1972, 1.3 m; Speeches, articles and reference materials including subseries on Douglas S. Harkness, 1957-1967, 30 cm; speeches by others, 1957-1962, 5 cm; and newspaper clippings, 1957-1960, 40 cm. Fonds also consists of a variety of photographs taken from National Defence, Vasari Roma, the Seattle Times, and the Globe and Mail. Also included are maps and plans of Canada pertaining primarily to military establishments of the Department of National Defence. They include site plans of Camp Gagetown, RCSME Chilliwack, Valleyfield Military Camp, Curries Barracks & sarcee and R.C.C.S. Station Boundry Bay. There are also topographical maps and city plans of various locations across Canada.

Textual records
18: Restricted
Textual records: Access restrictions.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Cartographic material
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.
Other accession no.
83402/1846 CA

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions on use. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Maps: No restrictions on use.

Textual records The finding aid is a file list. MSS1442 90 (Electronic)

Map An itemized listing is available. (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Douglas Scott Harkness, cabinet minister, was born in Toronto, Ont. and educated at Central Collegiate, Calgary, and at the University of Alberta. He served in Sicily, Italy and North West Europe as Major and then Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Canadian Army from 1940 to 1945 and was posted to the Reserve of Officers in August 1945. From 1946 to 1949, Harkness was the Commanding Officer of the 41st Antitank Regiment, Reserve Army.

In 1945 Harkness was elected as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Calgary North; he continued to serve that riding and its successor, Calgary Centre, until 1972. He entered the Diefenbaker Cabinet as Minister of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources and Acting Minister of Agriculture in June 1957 and was appointed Minister of Agriculture in August of that year. In October 1960, Harkness was appointed Minister of National Defence and held that post until his resignation from the Cabinet in February 1963.

See: Johnson, Directory of Parliament, p. 258.

Subject heading

1. Cabinet ministers - Canada, 1957-1963 Ralph Campney, [1944-1963]
2. Canada - Defenses, 1944-1963 George R. Pearkes, [1944-1963]
3. Canada - Military policy, 1944-1963 Pierre Sevigney, [1944-1963]
4. Canada - Canadian Armed Forces, 1944-1963 Canada. Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, 1957.
5. Agriculture - Canada, 1953-1963 Canada. Minister of Agriculture, 1957-1960.
6. Farms - Canada, 1953-1963 Canada. Minister of National Defence, 1960-1963.
7. Farming - Canada, 1953-1963.
8. Farmers - Canada, 1953-1963.
9. Nuclear weapons - Canada, 1958-1963.
10. Nuclear disarmament, 1958-1963.
11. Cuban Missle Crisis, 1962.
12. Calgary North (Alta.) - Constituents (Political), 1954-1972.
13. Calgary Centre (Alta.) - Constituents (Political), 1954-1972.
14. Speeches, addresses, etc., Canadian, 1957-1982.
15. Politique et gouvernement . Canada
16. Politics and government. Canada
17. Politicians Canada.
18. Hommes politiques Canada.
19. Abbott, Douglas C., 1900-1987.
20. Claxton, Brooke, 1898-1960.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1983-137 NPC
2. 83402/1846 CA
3. MG32-B19
4. R5626-0-5-E