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Fonds F 426 - Joan Duncan fonds
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Joan Duncan fonds

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F 426

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  • 1969-1989, predominant 1982-1989 (Creation)

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17.44 m of textual records.
36 photographs
3 maps

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Duncan, Joan, 1941-

Biographical history

Joan Heather Tratch was born on October 30, 1941 in Cudworth, Saskatchewan to John Tratch and Edna Blakley. She received her primary and secondary education at Wakaw, Saskatchewan and studied pharmacy for two years at the University of Saskatchewan. She married Donald John Duncan on October 10, 1964 and had four children: William, Heather, Richard, and Michael. Duncan and her husband owned and operated Duncan's Drug Store in Maple Creek.

Duncan was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1978 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Maple Creek constituency until 1991. Duncan and Patricia Smith were the first female Cabinet ministers appointed to Executive Council in Saskatchewan. Duncan served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Government Services (1982-1983); Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services (1982-1983); Minister of Revenue and Financial Services (1983); Minister of Supply and Services (1983); Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs (1983-1988); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1986-1987) and Minister of Economic Development and Tourism (1988-1989).

Duncan was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Printing Company (1982-1983); Board of Revenue Commissioners (1982-1983); Public Service Superannuation Board (1982-1983); Public Employees Superannuation Plan (1983); Saskatchewan Development Fund (1982-1983); Office of the Rentalsman (1983-1987) Rent Appeal Commission (1983-1987) Provincial Mediation Board (1983-1987); Saskatchewan Securities Commission (1983-1985); Saskatchewan Minerals (1983-1986); Saskatchewan Government Insurance (1986-1988); Agricultural Implements Board (1985-1988) and Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) (1988-1989).

On October 3, 1989, Duncan resigned from Cabinet and announced that she would not seek re-election. She continued to represent her constituency until Jack Goohsen (Progressive Conservative) was elected MLA for the Maple Creek constituency in October 1991.

Custodial history

Joan Duncan donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in six accessions between 1987 and 1991: R87-120 (March 2, 1987); R87-167 (April 8, 1987); R87-174 (April 14, 1987); R88-30 (January 20, 1988); R89-06 (January 9, 1989) and R91-245 (August 28, 1991). The records were transferred from Duncan's ministerial office. Records created by Rick Folk, Paul Rousseau, Bob Andrew, Colin Thatcher, Grant Devine, Graham Taylor, Neil Hardy and Jack Sandberg were identified in the Duncan fonds at the time of retro-description.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1982 to 1989 by Joan Duncan in her political career as: Minister of Government Services; Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services; Minister of Revenue and Financial Services; Minister of Supply and Services; Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs; Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development Minister of Economic Development and Tourism; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Minerals; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation.

The types of records included are memoranda, correspondence, budget material, briefing books, inquiries, press releases, newspaper clippings, publications, legislation, photographs and maps.

Missing from the fonds is MLA and constituency material and Duncan's records from various other ministerial responsibilities.

The majority of the material in this fonds is public record.

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

This fonds includes records created by the following ministers: Paul Rousseau, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance; Rick Folk, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance; Jack Sandberg, Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs and Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development; Colin Thatcher, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Minerals; Grant Devine, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Minerals; Bob Andrew, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation; Graham Taylor, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation and Minister of Tourism, Small Business and Co-operatives; and Neil Hardy, Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development.

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Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. Most of the records created by Duncan are interfiled with those of her predecessors in particular portfolios.

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Restrictions on access

These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated October 31, 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 256 (old guide GR 489) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs. The electronic database consists of item level descriptions of photographs.

Associated / related material

Related material: Records created by Duncan as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Minerals are located in the Patricia Smith fonds (F 399). Records created by Duncan as Minister Responsible for Office of the Rentalsman and Provincial Mediation Board are located in the Bob Andrew fonds (F 429). Records created in 1982 and 1983 by Duncan as Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services, Minister of Government Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Printing Company are located in the George McLeod fonds (F 436). Records created by Duncan as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance are located in the Graham Taylor fonds (F 430). Records created by Duncan as Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services and Minister Responsible for Public Service Superannuation Board and Public Employees Superannuation Plan are located in the Paul Rousseau fonds (F 437).

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No further accruals are expected.

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  • Alpha-numeric designations: Other codes: Textual records: R-1331, R-1336, R-1350, R-1351, R-1352; Photographs: R-A 32242-32249

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