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Lloyd Axworthy fonds

  • CA UWA 04.005
  • Fonds
  • 1872 - 2014

Fonds reflects Lloyd Axworthy’s career as a politician and academic, starting with his first election campaign in 1966 but especially during the height of his involvement in high-profile international events 1996-2004. Fonds is divided into six series. The first includes promotional campaign materials from his time as an MLA and MP in various ridings in Winnipeg, 1966-2000, as well as photographs taken from local political activities. The second includes ministerial records, particularly his notes and research about the events he was involved in, and photographs mainly documenting his meetings with various international dignitaries and VIPs. This series comes primarily from his time as Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1996-2000. The third includes records from his activities after leaving public life, such as notes and research for papers and speeches and for his activities with the Liu Centre for Global Studies and the United Nations. The fourth includes materials directly related to his book, Navigating a New World: Canada’s Global Future, such as outlines, drafts, correspondence with his editor, and supplementary research.

Axworthy, Lloyd

Ministerial Photos

Series consists of photographs documenting Dr. Axworthy’s action in the various ministries he headed, primarily as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The photographs show him making announcements, attending events and ceremonies in an official capacity, and meeting with international dignitaries. Many of the photographs came as gifts from the government of the country that Dr. Axworthy visited or dealt with, often arranged in decorative albums; and others were prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Prime Minister, a member of the Canadian press, or some other body. The photographs are arranged in chronological order.

Winnipeg politics

Series consists of material related to Dr. Axworthy's political career in Winnipeg as a member of the Liberal Party, 1966-2000, in several different ridings and electoral districts. There are several kinds of materials in the series: campaign literature published by the office of Lloyd Axworthy that digests his political activities for his constituents; records kept by his campaign team of polls, volunteers, campaign workers, and events; newspaper and magazine clippings that concern Axworthy's campaigns or political career in Winnipeg; promotional posters, bulletins, and photographs taken at publicity events, for use in campaign materials, or showing his political work.

Ministerial records

Series consists of material related to Lloyd Axworthy’s career as a Cabinet Minister. The majority was produced during his time as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996-2000, with a smaller contribution from other ministerial roles he had filled previously. Four main types of documents make up the series. There are ministerial schedules that record Dr. Axworthy’s official daily activities – meetings, travel, cabinet and caucus, and visitations with foreign dignitaries. There are several notebooks that contain short notes and reflections on, apparently, ministerial activities and issues of the day. There are topical bundles of research materials related to some of the key issues that Dr. Axworthy faced in his career. These bundles include dossiers of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: briefings, documents requiring a minister’s signature, reports, and correspondence. Much of the dossiers carry a restricted status and those have been removed to separate housing so that the unrestricted material can still be accessed. The bundles also include speeches, mostly given by Dr. Axworthy as Minister, some by other actors; news releases; event schedules; and research articles. The series also includes handwritten notes, speeches, and correspondence. Finally, the series contains one subseries of photographs documenting Dr. Axworthy’s action in the various ministries he headed, but like the rest of this series, primarily as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The photographs show him making announcements, attending events and ceremonies in an official capacity, and meeting with international dignitaries. The photographs are arranged in chronological order.

Post-political career

Series consists of material related to the various aspects of Lloyd Axworthy’s career after he left public office in 2000 and before he became the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. His positions during that period included Director of the Liu Centre for Global Studies, the UN Special Envoy in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border conflict, and several others. Some of the material also seems to have been gathered as research for his book, Navigating a New World. Indeed, because that book digested all the aspects of his career up to its publication in 2003 – political and post-political – it is not possible to draw a discrete line between documents generated through the public & private offices he held and documents gathered to supplement his manuscript.

The series contains numerous kinds of records. There are several black notebooks full of brief notes and reflections. There are a number of speeches and papers which Dr. Axworthy delivered at conferences, convocations, and other official events. There are Liu Centre publications and reports. There are publications, reports, and papers from other conferences, institutions, or organizations in which Dr. Axworthy had some membership. There are also a great deal of collected research materials – serials, publications, papers, conference reports, articles, and newspaper clippings. The research materials fit under themes on which Dr. Axworthy focused in his career, and which he covered in his book. Finally, there are photographs related to the same categories of events.

The series contains numerous kinds of records. Similar to those in the Minister’s series, there are several black notebooks full of brief notes and reflections. There are a number of speeches and papers which Dr. Axworthy delivered at conferences, convocations, and other official events. There are Liu Centre publications and reports. There are, similarly, publications, reports, and papers from other conferences, institutions, or organizations in which Dr. Axworthy had some membership. There are also a great deal of collected research materials – serials, publications, papers, conference reports, articles, and newspaper clippings. The research materials fit under themes on which Dr. Axworthy focused in his career, and which he covered in his book.

Navigating a New World: Canada's Global Future

Series consists of material directly involved in the creation of Dr. Axworthy's book, Navigating a New World: Canada's Global Future, which began in 2000 and continued until its publication in 2003. The material includes outlines, drafts of chapters, correspondence with the editor, supplementary research material, timelines for the production and launch of the book, notes for a speech at the launch, and a publisher's proof of the book's cover. Most of the drafts were overlooked by John Pearce, the VP Executive Editor at Large of Random House Canada, who added his commentary and suggestions for editing and rearrangement. The files in the series are mostly organized by the date of the editor's notes, not the drafts themselves.

University of Winnipeg

Series consists of material related to Lloyd Axworthy’s career with the University of Winnipeg and its antecedent colleges, which began with him as an undergraduate student, 1956-1961; as a professor at the Institute of Urban Studies, 1969-1973; and later as President and Vice-Chancellor, 2004-2014.

Unidentified photographs

Series consists of photographs for which a substantial context could not be established: the event, date, place, and individuals they portray were not able to be substantially identified. The photographs, generally, document Lloyd Axworthy’s work as a politician and cabinet minister, and are divided into five subseries: Winnipeg Places; Receptions, Publicity, and Constituents; Conferences, Speeches, and Press; School Visits and Young People; and Personal and Family Photographs.