loyd Axworthy and archives technician Daniel Matthes

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and archives technician Daniel Matthes
Photo credit: Cory Aronec

Donation includes reams of records and photographs documenting Dr. Lloyd Axworthy’s career as a politician, diplomat and academic 

UW RELEASE – 2014/110

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, June 19, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg Archives is now home to a valuable selection of records and photographs spanning the career of Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, who retires as UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor this month. The materials span from Dr. Axworthy’s first political campaign in 1966, to his time serving in high office in Ottawa as a minister under Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien, 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,” says 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 Dr. Axworthy met during his career, including Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II. 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.

“Lloyd Axworthy had led a long, distinguished life as a politician and diplomat,” says UWinnipeg Political Science Professor Allen Mills. “He has been involved in many of the crucial national and international issues of the last fifty years. Especially as a politician from Winnipeg and Manitoba, his papers are invaluable in helping understand how the Canadian state actually operates. This is an important collection that will bring researchers to the University and help develop the University’s archives as a truly important site of research.”

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: and phone (204) 786-9914. The entry for the Axworthy papers on MAIN, the Manitoba Archival Information Network, may be viewed at

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