Fonds F2972 - Fred M. Diehl fonds

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Fred M. Diehl fonds


  • [ca. 1986-1989] (Creation)

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28 audio cassettes

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Biographical history

Frederick Murray Diehl, October 6, 1921 to November 15, 2008, was born in the Cypress Hills district of southern Manitoba. He had a long career as a writer, actor, announcer, producer, director and administrator in various provinces throughout Canada. In 1986, he was commissioned by The Devonian Foundation of Calgary, Alberta to produce a manuscript dealing with the life, activities and accomplishments of Eric L. Harvie. It was published as “A Gentleman from a Fading Age – Eric Lafferty Harvie” in 1989. He was also commissioned by The Devonian Foundation to document its history, operating philosophy, and projects it funded since its inception in 1973. This resulted in “The Family That Gave it All Back – Entrepreneurs in philanthropy…the Devonian Foundation” also in 1989. For both publications, Diehl interviewed members of the Harvie family, family business executives, law firm partners, neighbors, friends and other acquaintances.


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Gift of The Devonian Foundation, [ca. 1980s-1990s].

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The fonds consists of recorded interviews and/or transcripts for “A Gentleman from a Fading Age” with Mrs. E.L. Harvie (1), Joy Harvie Maclaren (2), Donald S. Harvie (3), Neil and Robin Harvie (4), Marjorie Harvie (5), H.W. (Hod) Meech (6), J.R. (Jim) Fish (7 & 10), J.M. Thomson (8 & 10), W.H.R. (Hugh) Robinson (8), George W. Crawford (9 &10), Bob Waller (11), Ted Arnold (12), Justice Douglas McDermid (13), Gordon and Gloria Sellar (14), Sam and Helen Scott (15), D.E. (Ed) Lewis (16), Charles Barlow (17) and Hugh Dempsey (18). The fonds also consists of recorded interviews and/or transcripts for “The Family That Gave it All Back” with Donald S. Harvie (19), H.W. (Hod) Meech (20), Harry Chritchley (21), David Leighton (22), Bill Campbell (23), Jim Fish (23) and Ed Lewis (23). The fonds includes 1 folder of miscellaneous notes and correspondence re the projects (24).

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The material is in English.

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