Series 2 - Ministerial records

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Ministerial records

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CA UWA 04.005-2

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  • 1979 - 2001 (Creation)
    Predominantly 1996-2000

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175 cm of textual records, 220 cm of photographs, 16 videocassettes

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The records in this series were part of the larger accession from Dr. Axworthy. The boxes were preliminarily catalogued by the University of Winnipeg Archives based on the numbering assigned during moving and reception. The contents of the boxes were later rearranged into series and rehoused.

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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.

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Files at the end of the series are reserved for the restricted dossiers removed from research bundles. The files are given the same file number as their antecedent, with an appended “a.”

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