Signatures Series: Interview with Joe Clark

Signatures Series

Photo of The Right Honourable Joe Clark
The Right Honourable Joe Clark

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, in conversation with:

The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada

Thursday, November 24, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

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The discussion will take place in English with simultaneous French translation.

Hosted by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Signatures Series features original interviews with individuals who provide insights into parts of the collection, either because they have donated archives to LAC or are experts about it.

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Joe Clark

Mr. Clark was born in High River, Alberta. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1972 and won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party four years later. In 1979, he became the youngest and only Alberta-born prime minister in Canadian history, and he later went on to serve as one of this country’s most distinguished foreign ministers, and as Minister of Constitutional Affairs. After several years away from public life, he was elected again to the House of Commons in 2000, where he represented Calgary Centre until leaving politics in 2004. Mr. Clark continues to work actively with key international organizations on issues of governance, democratic reform, peace and security.

Scope and content of the archival holdings

Joe Clark’s archival holdings comprise the personal, political and ministerial records that the former prime minister collected between 1972 and 1993 as a parliamentarian in the House of Commons of Canada. These archival holdings provide information on his activities as the Member of Parliament for Rocky Mountain and Yellowhead; on his executive positions, including his tenures as Secretary of State for External Affairs (1984–1991) and as President of the Privy Council and Minister responsible for Constitutional Affairs (1991–1993); and, of course, on his term as Prime Minister of Canada from 1979 to 1980. These archives demonstrate the functioning of the Canadian state and offer insight into Mr. Clark’s role as a Canadian statesman and an influential actor at both the national and international levels. 

Overview of the scope and content of the archival holdings

  • 297.58 metres of textual records (ca. 1,490 volumes)
  • Circa 890 audiocassettes
  • 1 audio reel
  • Circa 36 videocassettes
  • Circa 40,124 colour and black-and-white photographs
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