Fonds PR3062 - David King fonds

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David King fonds

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    • [1967]-1989 (Creation)

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    30.68 m of textual records
    31 photographs
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    David King was born to Reverend A.E. and Mrs. Ethel King in 1946 in Perth, Ontario. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta. From 1967 to 1969, King served as Research Assistant to Peter Lougheed.

    He was elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA in 1971 for the Edmonton-Highlands electoral district. In 1972, he was appointed Legislative Secretary for Premier Lougheed. After being re-elected in 1975 and 1979, King served as Minister of Education from 1979-1986 and as Minister of Technology, Research and Telecommunications in 1986. King also served as a member of various Cabinet Committees, including: Social Planning; Economic Planning; Labour Relations; Science; and, Communications Policy.

    As Minister of Education, David King directed a number of initiatives, including the establishment of: Provincial Diploma Examinations (end of grade XII); the educational Management Finance Plan; the computer technology in schools program; the Designated Community Schools program; the teacher internship program; the Council of Alberta Teaching Standards; the last major review of the secondary program of studies; and elected trusteeship for Northland School Division. David King served as the Executive Director of the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta from February 1990 until his retirement in 2010.

    David King worked for Capwest Capital Services Ltd., as Research Director for the Edmonton and District Council of Churches. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies, including L.S.I. Logic Corporation of Canada, Inc., Domglas Canada, Inc., Norwich Trading Corp, and Firstclass Systems, Inc.

    He has held membership with the Highlands United Church, Amnesty International, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Club of Edmonton, and the World Future Society. David King was a charter member of: Communitas, the Edmonton Citizens for Better Housing Society, the Boyle Street Community Services Cooperative, and, the Boyle-McCauley Health Centre. The Alberta College of Licensed Practical Nurses offers a bursary in his name.

    He married Clare Piven in 1968. They had three sons: Troy, Jason, and Cory.

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    The fonds pertains to David King's political career including material created, used, maintained, and received while he served as Legislative Secretary in 1972, as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Edmonton Highlands for the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, and as Minister of Education from 1979 to 1986. The fonds is divided into the following series:

    • Personal and political records;
    • Constituency records; and
    • Minister of Education records, including records received from his predecessor Julian Koziak when King took office

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    Between 1978 and 1996, David King donated material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Additional material was accessioned in 2009.


    Materials from PR1979.0345 and PR1978.0057 were physically amalgamated.

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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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