Fonds F 4419

Michael D. Harris fonds

About these records

Michael D. Harris fonds
Dates of Creation
1946-2003, predominant 1981-2003
Physical Description

34 metres of textual records

11 volumes of textual records (including photographs)

6,977 photographs : prints, colour

1,567 photographs : negatives, colour

8 photographs : slides, colour

882 photographs : prints, black and white

1,315 photographs : negatives, black and white

22 photographs : slides, black and white

3 cartoons

1 painting : print

21 posters

5 banners

11 artifacts

6 rolls of flipcharts

1,242 computer files (multiple media)

189 video cassettes (approx. 64 hours)

85 audio cassettes (approx. 43 hours)

25 postcards and printed items

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records, in various media, created, received and accumulated by former Premier Michael (Mike) D. Harris and his staff in Harris' capacity as MPP for Nipissing riding (1981-2002), Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (1990-2002) and 22nd Premier of Ontario (1995-2002).

Records of Mike Harris as Party Leader include campaign records related to his successful leadership bid in 1990; 1995 and 1999 election campaign records (strategy documents, scheduling records, day files, polling records, issues records) and communications materials (including speeches, press releases, television ads, ephemera); some records related to the 1995 transition in government as co-chaired by David Lindsay; general and issues correspondence; and photographs. Records of Mike Harris in his role as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, particularly with respect to election campaigns, is most strongly represented in the fonds.

Records documenting Mike Harris as Premier include his speeches; scheduling, tour and itinerary records; some briefing books related to trade mission trips, and photographs of official events and trips.

Records of Mike Harris as MPP for Nipissing include records of his Executive Assistant, Bill King; records of his Constituency Assistant Gord Prisco; correspondence and meeting files with constituents; Nipissing campaign records; scrapbooks and ephemera; and audio and video recordings of Harris events in the riding. With the exception of the Gord Prisco records, these records predominantly document the pre-1990 or pre-leadership period.

In addition the fonds contains some personal correspondence files, mostly letters of thanks and congratulations sent or received by Mike Harris.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Michael (Mike) D. Harris was the 22nd Premier of Ontario from 1995-2002, the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario from 1990 to 2002, and the MPP for Nipissing in the Ontario Legislature, from 1981 to 2002.

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Harris, Michael Deane, 1945-
Restrictions on Access
Access to most series in this fonds is restricted either for 20 or 30 years from date of donation. Access to records containing personal information of constituents is restricted for 100 years from date of record creation. Access to a few series, including photographic series, is not restricted. Consult access restrictions statements in series and sub-series descriptions, for details specific to each series and sub-series. Permission requests for access to restricted series, and the file or item lists associated with them, must be submitted in writing to the donor.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is held by various creators. There are no restrictions on reproduction for the purpose of research and private study. Permission of the copyright owner(s) is required for use other than research and private study; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form to the Archives.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Archives acquired these records from former Premier Michael D. Harris in two donations, the first on October 10, 2003 and the second on November 14, 2003. The records were gathered from various sources: Mr. Harris, Premier's Office staff, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, and North Bay constituency office. Prior to either donation, the records were organized and inventoried on behalf of Mr. Harris, by Deborah Reid and Elaine Pritchard.
Related Material

Records in other fonds that originate from the Harris leadership period and Harris administration include the David Lindsay fonds (F 4426), Principal Secretary to Mike Harris; the Tony Clement fonds (F 4340), the Robert W. Runciman fonds (F 4432) and the Al Leach fonds (F 2161). The Archives also has the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario fonds (F 2134).

Government records of Mike Harris as Premier of Ontario can be found in Series RG 3-114 to RG 3-119.


Title based on creator of the fonds.

Records of certain staff of the Premier's Office, namely, Guy Giorno (legal opinions), Anthony Jonker (communications records), and Deb Hutton (Issues Unit records) were acquired in the October 10, 2003 donation. These records have been arranged as government records, namely, as Series RG 3-117 to RG 3-119.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4419-1 Michael D. Harris photographs
F 4419-2 Certificates of appointment for Michael D. Harris
F 4419-3 Campaign posters, banners and oversized photographs
F 4419-4 Michael D. Harris speeches
F 4419-5 Office of the Party Leader and Premier's Office scheduling records
F 4419-6 Michael Harris video recordings
F 4419-7 Office of the Leader 1995 election campaign scheduling records
F 4419-8 Issues advance records for 1999 election campaign
F 4419-9 Election campaign advisor (Guy Giorno) binders and files
F 4419-10 Progressive Conservative Party election campaign background materials
F 4419-11 Election campaign advisor's (David Lindsay) files
F 4419-12 Leader's Office polling records
F 4419-14 Nipissing riding election campaign records
F 4419-15 Nipissing riding scrapbooks
F 4419-16 Records of Constituency Assistant, Gord Prisco
F 4419-17 Mike Harris tribute book
F 4419-18 Nipissing Riding Progressive Conservative Association records
F 4419-19 Records of Executive Assistant, Bill King
F 4419-20 Progressive Conservative Party (Deborah Reid) research files
F 4419-21 Office of the Leader general correspondence files
F 4419-22 Office of the Leader issues correspondence files
F 4419-23 Political ephemera collected by Hope Harris
F 4419-24 Michael D. Harris personal correspondence and miscellaneous records
F 4419-25 North Bay constituency office files
F 4419-26 Progressive Conservative Research and Services video and audio recordings on Mike Harris
F 4419-27 Scheduling and tour files of Special Assistant, Dee Dee Heywood
F 4419-28 Daily planner background files of Bonnie Parr, Event Coordinator
F 4419-29 Progressive Conservative Caucus communications materials