Collection C028 - Franklyn Harvey collection

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Franklyn Harvey collection

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  • [19--] ; 1954-2009, predominant 1970-1988 (Creation)
    Harvey, Franklyn

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275 textual records
4 optical discs
1 map

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(February 14, 1943-May 16, 2016)

Biographical history

Franklyn Harvey, born in St. Andrews, Grenada, on February 14, 1943, was a Grenadian activist, political philosopher, academic, author, and engineer. He attended the University of London, where he received a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1964. Later, Harvey moved to Montreal, where he attended McGill University. There he received a Master’s in Environmental Science in 1968. While living in Montreal and studying at McGill, Harvey was part of the CLR James Study Circle and the Caribbean Conference Committee. He attended the influential Congress of Black Writers in Montreal in 1968.

Harvey moved to Trinidad after graduating from McGill, where he was a founding member of the New Beginning Movement and was part of the part of the Grenadian leadership of the Movement for Assemblies of the People, later the New Joint Endeavor for Welfare, Education, and Liberation, or New JEWEL Movement, a Marxist-Leninist vanguard party in Grenada. Significantly, Harvey was the primary author of The Manifesto of the New Jewel Movement, used by the movement when it took over the Government of Grenada in 1979.

Harvey returned to Canada in 1974, settling in Toronto. He became the Editor of Caribbean Dialogue and Caribbean Connection. He was a member of the Latin American Working Group, a research and solidarity organization established in Toronto, and the Principal in Paticiplan, a network of independent consultants and change practitioners in Canada and the Caribbean that worked with NGOs worldwide.

Harvey died in Ottawa on May 16, 2016.

Custodial history

The materials that compose the Franklyn Harvey Collection were left in the custody of Robert Thomson by Franklyn Harvey. Robert Thomson donated them to Concordia University Library's Special Collections on June 12, 2019.

Scope and content

The Franklyn Harvey collection contains books, periodicals, and other documents that composed the library of Franklyn Harvey. This material is indicative of Harvey's interest and involvement in the Caribbean left and serves as a catalogue documenting, among other topics, the Caribbean left; activism in the Caribbean; politics, economic growth, change, and renewal in the Caribbean; political economy; communism; socialism; nationalism; power; and poverty.

The Franklyn Harvey collection contains 275 textual documents, mostly in English, 4 optical discs, and 1 map.

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Materials were donated to Concordia University Library's Special Collections by Robert Thomson on June 12, 2019.


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  • English
  • Spanish

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Documents are mostly in English.

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In most cases, reproductions are allowed for the purpose of research and private study. The use of material in a publication may only be done with written consent of the copyright owner(s).

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