Call Number: Mss Sc 28
Title: Joe Clark fonds.
Extent: 0.01 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: The Right Honourable Joe
Clark was born in High River, Alberta in 1939. He obtained a B.A.
(History) and M.A. (Political Science) from the University of Alberta.
He was elected to the House of Commons in 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1980.
He became the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
and Leader of the Opposition in 1976. As the 16th Prime Minister
from May 1979 to March 1980 he was the first native westerner and
youngest to hold office. Later in 1980 he became Leader of the Opposition
until he lost the party leadership in 1983. Clark did not return
to active federal politics until 1998 when he became the federal
Conservative leader. After leaving party leadership, he served as
Canada's Minister of External Affairs in 1984. In 1991 he became
the President of the Privy Council and Minister Responsible for
Constitutional Affairs. Clark was awarded an Honorary Doctor of
Laws, University of New Brunswick, 1976, an Alberta Award of Excellence,
1983, and Honorary LL.D.s from the University of Calgary in 1984
and University of Alberta in 1985. In 1976 he married Maureen McTeer,
a well-known author and lawyer.
Custodial history: Royce Butler donated the first
letter to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
in 1978. In 1979 Butler and Catherine Limoges donated the second
letter to the archives.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of two letters
from Joe Clark, Leader of the Opposition, to W. Royce Butler, Director
of Libraries, University of Manitoba, dated 1978 and 1979 respectively.
The letters are responses to Butler's concern that the federal government
was considering reducing financial support of libraries.
Source of supplied title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: Further accruals to this fonds are not
Finding aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.