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Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey was born to John and Margaret (Cobb) Harvey in Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. He studied at Prince of Wales College and Dalhousie University, graduating in 1910, and won the Rhodes Scholarship for PEI, graduating from Oxford University with a BA in 1913. He was married to Elizabeth Winifred Ross, with whom he had four children.
Harvey was an educator, author, and archivist. He taught history at McGill University, Wesley College, and the University of Manitoba before being appointed head of the History Department at the University of British Columbia in 1928. In 1931, he became archivist at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia and a special lecturer in Canadian History at Dalhousie. In 1956, he retired and became archivist emeritus of Nova Scotia.
Harvey wrote and edited historical books and articles related to the history of Canada, the Maritimes, and Dalhousie University. He was actively involved with several historical organizations and served as president of the Canadian Historical Association and the Nova Scotia Historical Society. He was a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and was on the editorial boards of the Canadian Geographical Journal , the Canadian Historical Review, and the Dalhousie Review. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1928, awarded the Tyrrell Medal in 1942 to recognize his outstanding work in Canadian history, and served as president of the organization’s Academy of Social Sciences in 1945.
Harvey passed away in Halifax at eighty years of age in 1966.