Fonds 36 - Keith Davey fonds

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CA ON00399 36


Keith Davey fonds


  • 1946-1996 (Creation)

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24.82 m of textual records
190 photographs: b&w
52 photographs: col.
4 photographs: col. slides
13 posters
5 framed documents
16 framed cartoons

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Biographical history

Keith Davey was a sales manager, National Campaign Director for the Liberal Party Canada, a Senator, and a communications consultant. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Charles Minto Davey and Grace Viola Curtis. He married Catherine Isobel Hart in 1952. They had three children, Douglas, Ian and Catherine. They separated in 1975. He married Dorothy Elizabeth Petrie in 1978. He lives in Toronto. Davey was educated at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. He received a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1949. After graduation Davey became a Sales Manager for CKFH, a Toronto radio station (1949-60). He entered politics in 1960 as a campaign organizer for his home riding of Eglinton and was appointed National Campaign Director of the Liberal Party Canada in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965; concurrently National Organizer of the Party and Executive Director, of the Liberal Party of Canada until his appointment to the Senate in 1966. He was Chairman of the Special Senate Committee on Mass Media in 1970; and Co-Chairman of the Liberal National Campaign in 1973, 1979, 1980, and 1984 (last half). He was Commissioner of the Canadian Football League in 1967; a member of the Board of Governors of Toronto Central Hospital, the Canadian Oldtimers Hockey Association, and the United Church; Chairman of the Advisory Board of Alcohol and Drug Concerns, Inc.; Director of the Shaw Festival; and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal. Upon his retirement from the Senate in 1996 his friends and colleagues created an endowment to establish an annual lecture at Victoria University. In 1969 Davey established his own communications consultancy, Keith Davey Limited. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999. Davey published a political memoir, The Rainmaker – a Passion for Politics, in 1986.

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Acquired from Senator Keith Davey in 1996.

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The fonds consists of records pertaining to Keith Davey’s political career as a campaign organizer and Senator, in addition to some personal records. Fonds consists of the following series: Fonds is comprised of the following series: 1) General correspondence 2) Political campaign files 3) Correspondence with Members of Parliament 4) Research and publication files 5) 6 & 5% anti-inflation programme files 6) Special Senate Committee on Mass Media 7) The Trudeau Years correspondence 8) Personal and political files 9) Student files 10) Business files 11) Ontario Liberal Association files 12) National Organizer (Liberal Party of Canada) files 13) Canadian Football League files 14) Senate files 15) Liberal Party publications 16) Personal files 17) Research reports 18) Graphic materials

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Further accruals may be expected.

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The fonds is stored in 122 boxes

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