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Axworthy donates papers to university archives

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Retiring University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy has donated decades of his personal papers to the U of W archives.

The materials span from Axworthy’s first political campaign in 1966, to his time serving in high office in Ottawa as a minister under Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien, to his more recent work at the university and abroad.

"These records have significant research value because of Dr. Axworthy’s rich contributions to Canadian politics and international relations," said Gabrielle Prefontaine, dean of The University of Winnipeg Library. "As well, because of Dr. Axworthy’s decades-long history of service to UWinnipeg, this donation has a deeper, more symbolic significance. We are thrilled that he chose to donate his papers to us."

The Lloyd Axworthy archives collection includes pictures of many dignitaries and personalities Axworthy met during his career, including Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth. It also includes his personal notebooks, notes from speeches delivered the world over, and early drafts of his 2003 bestselling book Navigating a New World: Canada’s Global Future. Many of the records are drawn from 1996-2004, when Dr. Axworthy was most heavily involved with international events.

Researchers interested in accessing Dr. Axworthy’s papers may contact The University of Winnipeg Archives to make an appointment. Erin Acland is the Acting University Archivist, email: er.acland@uwinnipeg.ca and phone (204) 786-9914. The entry for the Axworthy papers on MAIN, the Manitoba Archival Information Network, may be viewed here.

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