Fonds F430 - Graham Taylor fonds

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Graham Taylor fonds

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  • 1971-1975, 1981-1989, predominant 1982-1989 (Creation)

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18.80 m of textual records
2 photographs
3 maps

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Douglas Graham Taylor was born on July 4, 1936 near Moffat, Saskatchewan to Robert and Isabella Taylor. He received his primary and secondary education at Candiac and Wolseley, Saskatchewan. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Education degree (1965) and a Diploma in Educational Administration (1972) from the University of Regina.

Prior to his entry into provincial politics, Taylor was a teacher in Kipling and Wolseley and was principal of Wolseley High School from 1967 to 1979. He served as President of the Indian Head-Broadview Teachers' Association and Indian Head Superintendency Principal Group. Taylor also operated a farm north of Wolseley.

Taylor was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1978 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Indian Head-Wolseley constituency until 1990. In 1979 Taylor ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan. After his defeat, he was appointed House Leader for the Official Opposition in the Legislature and served as Education Critic and Chairman of the Human and Social Resources Committee.

Taylor served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Health (1982-1986); Minister of Tourism and Small Business (1986-1987); Minister of Supply and Services (1986-1988); Minister of Tourism, Small Business and Co-operatives (1987-1988) and Minister of Public Participation (1988-1989).

Taylor was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Commission (1982-1986); Saskatchewan Cancer Commission (1982-1984); Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation (1984-1986); Alcoholism Commission of Saskatchewan (1982-1985); Saskatchewan Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (1985-1986); Northern Affairs Secretariat (1986-1987); Liquor Board (1986-1989); Liquor Licensing Commission (1986-1989); Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation (1986-1989); Saskatchewan Government Printing Company (1986-1989); Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation (1986-1988) and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (1988-1989).

Taylor resigned from Cabinet on October 3, 1989 to become Saskatchewan's agent-general in Hong Kong. He was dismissed from the post on November 22, 1991 when the NDP government closed all of the province's trade offices. Taylor did not seek re-election in the 1991 general election and Lorne Scott (NDP) became the MLA for the Indian Head-Wolseley constituency. He retired to his family farm near Wolseley. Taylor died in Wolseley on October 7, 2009.

Graham Taylor married Katherine Isabel Garden on October 3, 1959. They had five children: Robert, Katherine, Anthony (deceased); Susan and Peter.

Custodial history

Graham Taylor donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in five accessions between 1986 and 1989: R86-569 (November 19, 1986); R88-299 (September 8, 1988); R88-326 (October 11, 1988); R89-043 (February 15, 1989); and R89-375 (October 2, 1989). The records were transferred from Taylor's ministerial office. Records created by Joan Duncan, George McLeod and Paul Schoenhals were identified in the Graham Taylor fonds at the time of retro-description.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1982 to 1989 by Graham Taylor in his political career as: Minister of Health; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor Board; and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation.

No series assignment has been applied to the records described in the fonds.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, briefing notes, legislation, newspaper clippings, news releases, publications, speeches, invitations, inquiries, financial statements, resumes, maps, architectural drawings and photographs.

The majority of the records are public record.

Missing from the fonds is MLA and constituency material and records created by Taylor in the following portfolios: Minister of Health (1982-1984); Minister of Public Participation; and Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions.

This fonds includes records created by Joan Duncan as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance; by George McLeod as Minister of Northern Saskatchewan, Minister Responsible for Northern Affairs Secretariat, and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor Board; and by Paul Schoenhals as Minister of Supply and Services.

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Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. Some of the records created by Taylor are interfiled with those of his predecessors in particular portfolios.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated December 16, 1986. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 262 (old guide GR 514) consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Taylor as Minister of Tourism and Small Business in 1986 and 1987 are located in the Paul Schoenhals fonds (F 427). Records created by Taylor as Minister of Tourism, Small Business and Co-operatives and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation are located in the Joan Duncan fonds (F 426).

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No further accruals are expected.

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8 architectural drawings

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Other codes: Textual records: GR 514 (R-1370; R-1377; R-1378); Photographs: R-B13019 to R-B13020

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