Fonds AR405 - Edward B. Harvey fonds

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Edward B. Harvey fonds

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  • 1960 - 2006 (Creation)
    Harvey, Edward B.
    (predominate 1975-2006)

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4 m of textual records

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(1939 -)

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Dr. Edward Burns Harvey was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1939 to Richard Burns Harvey and Helen Neild. He entered Victoria College (now the University of Victoria) in 1959 as a second year student and there completed two years of post-secondary education, specializing in the social sciences and English literature and writing. <br>During this period, sexism, racism, and discrimination by social class were still significantly present in Canadian society. These inequities troubled Edward Harvey and fueled in him a strong desire to make educational choices that would enable him to enter a career where he could play a role in the shaping of progressive social and economic policy.<br>After completing two years of study, Edward Harvey worked and traveled for a year in Britain and continental Europe. This experience expanded his view of social and political options. <br>On his return to Canada he entered the University of British Columbia (UBC) in September 1962 and received his bachelors degree in 1963 and was awarded the Bobbs-Merrill prize for distinguished study in the social sciences and also the Institute for Industrial Relations Fellowship. He then entered masters level studies and received that degree in 1964. During this period he worked closely with Dr. Kaspar D. Naegele, an eminent Harvard-trained social scientist who subsequently became UBC’s Dean of Arts. <br> Dr. Naegele encouraged Edward Harvey to pursue doctoral studies. He commenced these in 1965 at Princeton University where he was a Wilson Fellow of the University. Princeton was modeled on the Oxford-Cambridge tradition, which fostered the flexibility to study in a wide range of disciplines. At Princeton, Edward Harvey had the opportunity to study in the areas of social research, macro-economics, and demography – all key elements of the policy change/policy development process.<br>In May 1966, Edward Harvey passed his general examinations with distinction at Princeton. Around this time, he was approached by Dr. Jack Kantner, a distinguished American demographer, and invited to join a new department of social sciences at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) that Dr. Kantner would head. Edward Harvey accepted this appointment, which was at the assistant professor level, and his 1966-1967 year at UWO was characterized by two major events. First, in April 1967 he successfully defended his Princeton doctoral dissertation, which was a study of decision making in complex organizations and provided a foundation for various subsequent books (notably his widely adopted text, Industrial Society: Structures, Roles, and Relations, Dorsey Press) and numerous articles. The second major event at UWO, involved Edward Harvey meeting Dr. Andrew T. Hunter, Assistant Dean of Medicine. Dr. Hunter and Dr. Harvey joined forces to create the Ontario Medical Manpower project, a seven year long initiative funded by the government of Ontario that resulted in several research studies and conferences which provided the foundation for a number of new health care policy approaches, including measures to migrate primary health care away from the “general practice” model to the contemporary concept of family medicine.<br>During 1967, Dr. Harvey received offers to join several US and Canadian universities. In 1967 he accepted a position at the University of Toronto, a rapidly expanding institution that enabled him to further develop his already extensive activities in teaching, research, publication, and consulting to both private and public sector organizations. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1969, became a department head in 1971, and rose to full professorship in 1974.<br> In 1974, Dr. Harvey decided that his multiple consulting missions could be better managed in the context of a corporate structure and, accordingly, he created UDG Inc., a Toronto based consulting firm which, ably assisted by an outstanding team of professionals, he continues to lead.<br>In his 2005 book, <i>Taking Social Research to the Larger World,</i> Edward Harvey reflected on aspects of his personal experience in combining university work with consulting activity. He concluded the interplay between the two produced consequential benefits for society in general as well as for various aspects of university work. The key to realizing this outcome, he argued, is by fostering opportunities for inter-disciplinary approaches, both in post-secondary study and in the application of what has been learned. <br> Policy issues – viewed through the perspectives of social research, economics, and demography – are the central theme of Edward Harvey’s work. They are reflected in many of his writings and his participation in many task forces and commissions, including the <i>Commission on Pharmaceutical Services (c. 1970), the Commission on Post-Secondary Education in Ontario (c. 1972), the Commission on Youth Unemployment (c. 1980), the Commission on Equality in Employment (c. 1985), the Commission on Demographic Change and Canada’s Educational Future (c.2006)</I> <br>In addition to his engagement with social, economic, and demographic structures and trends, Edward Harvey is concerned with environmental issues and has conducted a number of studies in such areas as air pollution, noise pollution, and new strategies for solid waste management. His voluntary activities include past membership on the Board of Directors of Pollution Probe, founding president (1972) and continuing director of the Foundation for Higher Education and Enterprise in North America (est. 1999), and continuing director of the Population Research Foundation. <br> In 2008, the University of Victoria recognized Edward Harvey with its Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dr. Harvey is the editor of <i>The Lansdowne Era, Victoria College, 1946-1963 (2008).</i> He lives in Toronto with his spouse, Lorna R. Marsden, who is also a distinguished alumna of the University of Victoria. Dr. Harvey’s non-work interests include collecting Canadian works of art, chamber music, and reading history.

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The fonds consists of Dr. Edward B. Harvey's professional reports, proposals, studies, manuals, surveys, transcripts, presentations, books and published articles, written solely or in part by Edward Harvey or by Urban Dimensions Group Inc, under his direct supervision from 1960-2006. The material predominately relates to Harvey’s interest in health care, employment equity, education, and income security issues.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series Professional Work - 1960-2006

The series consists of printed materials, scholarly articles, reports, transcriptions, grant applications, proposals, studies, manuals, surveys, presentations, published articles, books and other related materials.

The series is divided into four sub-series. All files are arranged according to the original filing system of the creator.

Sub-series 1. Urban Dimensions Group Inc. consulting reports
Sub-series 2. Short Published Articles (Originals and Photocopies)
Sub-series 3. Edward B. Harvey Reports, Speeches and Transcriptions
Sub-series 4. Books

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Donated to the University of Victoria Archives by Dr. Edward B. Harvey in 2007.


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Accession 2007-010 processed as of October 2009.

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Edward Harvey is the author or co-author of 17 books and the contributing editor of two other works. He has written over 120 articles in the academic setting and has been lead author on over 250 consulting reports (not all of which are included in his fonds for reasons of client confidentiality)

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Original finding aid prepared by Shane Parmar, Nada Lora, and Lara Wilson, with the assistance of Edward B. Harvey - February 2010

Revised by the University Archivist, August 19, 2010.

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