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- Pierre Elliott Trudeau fonds [multiple media].
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- Fonds / Collection
- MG26-O, R11629-0-8-E.
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- Art, Moving images, Photographs, Sound recordings, Stamps & stamp products, Textual material
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- Fonds / Collection includes:
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- Place of creation:
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
- 851.668 m of textual records.
1.23 MB of textual records.
ca. 2750 photographs : 1850 prints and 900 negatives.
920 postal covers.
1 pane (9 labels).
ca. 861 audio reels (ca. 350 h).
ca. 1,000 audio cassettes (ca. 800 h).
4 audio discs (ca. 25 min).
4 video reels (56 min).
ca. 60 videocassettes (ca. 50 h).
118 film reels (ca. 22 h).
7 film strips
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- Scope and content:
The fonds contains the following series: Financial Family Documents, 1927-1988; Documents before political career, 1900-1978; Documents after political career, 1984- 2000; Member of Parliament, 1965-1967; Minister of Justice, 1967-1968; 1968-1978 PMO Priority Correspondence; 1969-1978 PMO General Correspondence; 1978-1979 PMO Correspondence; 1980-1984 PMO Correspondence Series; PMO Secret Documents, 1968-1984; Mount Royal Constituency, 1968-1984; PMO Press Office, 1968-1984; Communications Office, 1974-1984; Planning Office; Correspondence Division, 1968-1984; Briefing Books and Other Memoranda, 1968-1984; Leader of the Opposition, 1979-1980; Staff Series, 1968-1984; Personal and Political Documents, 1965-1989; Backlog, 1970-1984; Testimonies of sympathy after the death of the R.H. P.E. Trudeau, 2000; Photographs, 1925-1999; Postal covers and related material, 1967-1984;
Fonds also includes file card indexes and computer-printout indexes relating to various PMO Series. The card indexes relating to the 1976-1978 portion of series MG 26, O 7 and O 8 have been microfilmed, reels H-1834 to H-1864. The computer-printouts which relate to PMO correspondence series MG 26, O 7, O 9 and O 10 have been microfilmed, reels H-2821 to H-2887. Please note that some pages of the 1980-1984 computer indexes do not appear on the microfilm (reels H-2838 to H-2887).
The 3 watercolours include two views of the interior of the Prime Minister's office as well as one view of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
The sound recordings include speeches and broadcasts.
The motion picture films include amateur films shot by the Trudeau family.
The videotapes include broadcasts and Liberal Party campaign commercials.
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- Biography/Administrative history:
Prime Minister of Canada, lawyer, writer, politician.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau was born on 18 October 1919 in Montreal, Quebec, the eldest son of Charles-Émile and Grace (Elliott) Trudeau. He graduated from the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in 1940, continuing his studies at the Université de Montréal (L.L.B. 1943), Harvard University (M.A. in Political Economy 1945), the Université de Paris, and the London School of Economics. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1943 and was made Q.C. in 1969.
From 1949 to 1951 Trudeau served as an economic and policy advisor in the Privy Council Office. In 1951 he returned to Montreal, where he practiced law and wrote for "Cité Libre", which he had co-founded in 1950, and for other journals. He became a Professor of Public Law at the Université de Montréal in 1962.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1965 for Montreal-Mount Royal, Trudeau served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Pearson from January 1966 until April 1967, when he entered Pearson's cabinet as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. On 6 April 1968, Trudeau was selected as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Two weeks later he became the fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada. He remained Prime Minister through the elections of 1968, 1972, and 1974. Following the Progressive Conservative victory in May 1979, Trudeau served as Leader of the Opposition until he returned to the PMO after the election of February 1980. He resigned as Leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister in June 1984.
He is the author of numerous books, including "Two Innocents in Red China", "Federalism and the French Canadians", "Lifting the Shadow of War", and the pamphlet "Fatal Tilt: Speaking Out About Sovereignty".
Trudeau died on 28 September 2000.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) File list descriptions are available for all series. MSS1900
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- General Note:
- Material was placed on deposit by Mr. Trudeau, 1974-1999, and was donated to the National Archives of Canada, 1986-2003.
- Custodial history:
- Digital material migrated to new preservation media in 2016.
- Availability of other formats note:
- For the series which are available in microform, the originals have been removed from circulation. The following volumes are also available on microfilm: MG 26, O 7, vols. 741-758, reels H-2821 to H-2826, and vols. 996-1004, reels H-1846 to H-1850; O 8, vols. 1016-1064, reels H-1850 to H-1864; O 9, vols. 96-102, reels H-2827 to H-2829; and O 10, vols. 698-828, reels H-2830 to H-2887.
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