Fonds - A. Douglas Alkenbrack fonds

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A. Douglas Alkenbrack fonds

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  • 1872-1979, predominant 1960-1979 (Creation)

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7 m of textual records 96 photographs 12 drawings 8 maps 4 architectural plans

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Almonte Douglas Alkenbrack (1912-1998) was born in Rydal Bank, Ontario and educated at Flinton and various Quinte public schools, and at Napanee Collegiate Institute. He married Nan Rogers in 1939 and had two children, Eleanor Anne and James Alkenbrack. Mr. Alkenbrack was a lumber dealer and co-founder and partner of the R.W. Kimmerly Lumber Company of Napanee (1937-1962). From 1945 until 1962 he was a member of the Canadian Lumberman's Association. He had a passion for politics and served on Napanee Town Council from 1952 until 1958, including a year as Mayor from 1957 until 1958. He was unsuccessful in obtaining the Progressive Conservative nomination for the 1957 general election, but he contested and obtained the nomination for Prince Edward-Lennox in 1962. Mr. Alkenbrack was elected to the House of Commons in 1962 and held the seat until 1965, after which he became the first representative for the new riding of Frontenac-Lennox and Addington and held the seat from 1968 until his retirement in 1979. Douglas Alkenbrack was a gifted amateur poet, and a book of his work, "Rhymes of a Back-bencher" was published in 1995.

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The fonds was stored in Mr. Alkenbrack's Ottawa office and his constituency office until it was sent to his residence in Napanee in 1980. It was kept at his home in Napanee until 1994, when he presented it to the Lennox and Addington Historical Society.

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This fonds consists mostly of letters and other material created and accumulated by Douglas Alkenbrack during his political career as a Progressive-Conservative back-bencher in the House of Commons from 1962 until 1979. There are a few items which pre-date 1962, mostly local history, his interest in Second Depot Dam, and his poetry. Mr. Alkenbrack's major federal concerns were the bilingualism and biculturalism issue (the "Bi and Bi Commission"); Canadian citizenship; capital punishment; gun control and pensions. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Bilingualism and biculturalism issues Newspaper clippings Personal papers, 1899-1979 (mostly 1962-1979) Office Desk Constituency office papers, 1978-1979 Constituency office papers, 1977-1978 Constituency office papers, 1976-1977 Constituency office papers, 1974-1976 Twenty ninth parliament Twenty eighth parliament

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Fonds was donated by A. Douglas Alkenbrack in 1994. Mr. Alkenbrack's widow donated two small additions to the fonds in 1999 and 2000.


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Permission of the Estate of A. Douglas Alkenbrack required for publication.

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