Arthur Doughty

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Sir Arthur G. Doughty
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Sir Arthur G. Doughty c. 1912–13
Born (1860-03-22)22 March 1860
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Died 1 December 1936(1936-12-01) (aged 76)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Awards Flavelle Medal (1927)

Sir Arthur George Doughty, KBE CMG FRSC (22 March 1860 – 1 December 1936) was a Canadian civil servant and Dominion Archivist and Keeper of the Public Records.

Born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, the son of William Doughty, Doughty was educated at the public schools in Maidenhead, at Lord Eldon School in London, and at New Inn Hall, Oxon. He emigrated to Canada in 1886 settling in Montreal. He was appointed to a position in the revenue department of the government of Quebec and in 1897 became private secretary to the Minister of Public Works. In 1900, he was named joint librarian of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec and in May 1904 was appointed Dominion Archivist and Keeper of the Records. He served in this post until 1935.[1][2]

In 1900, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[1] In 1927, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Flavelle Medal. In 1905 he was created a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.[1] He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[3] He encouraged the creation of archives by the provincial governments and served on the Board of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia when it was reconstituted in 1929.

Following his death, a statue of Sir Arthur was erected behind the National Archives of Canada, overlooking the Ottawa River[4] This is one of only two statues of civil servants erected in Ottawa, both during MacKenzie King's tenure as Prime Minister.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "A history of Quebec, its resources and people, vol. 2". Internet Archive. 
  2. ^ The correct date of his appointment as Dominion Archivist is given in Report on Canadian Archives for 1904. (Canada, Sessional Paper No. 18, A. 1905)
  3. ^ IAN E. WILSON. "Arthur George Doughty". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sir Arthur George Doughty". Library and Archives Canada. 

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