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The Honourable Iona Campagnolo fonds
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The Honourable Iona Campagnolo fonds

  • 2009.6
  • Fonds
  • 1937 - 2007

This fonds illustrates the Honourable Iona Campagnolo’s careers as a broadcaster, a theatre producer, community leader, a politician, a feminist, a social activist, a speaker, a lecturer, a Chancellor, an advocate, a consultant and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Types of records reflective of her various careers include: speeches, correspondence, itineraries, contracts, draft manuscripts, newspaper clippings, background material, photographs and ephemera. The Honourable Iona Campagnolo fonds has been divided into the following thirteen series:
1) Photographs
2) Theatre & Community Development
3) Political Career
4) Non-political Activities
5) McMaster International Health Centre
6) Women in Power Project
7) University of Northern British Columbia
8) Fraser Basin Council
9) Miscellaneous – First Nations Material
10) National Speakers Bureau
11) Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
12) Honours & Awards
13) Political Papers

Campagnolo, Iona

Photographs

Series consists of over 797 images related to Ms. Campagnolo’s personal and professional life. Images include personal photographs related to Ms. Campagnolo’s early years in Prince Rupert including her career in broadcasting and theatrical production as well as her political career and tenure as Lieutenant Governor. The bulk of the photographs relate to Ms. Campagnolo’s political career in federal politics including: 40+ images of Ms. Campagnolo’s First Political Campaign, as a Liberal Party Candidate for the Federal Riding of Skeena in 1974 including images of trips in June 1974 by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau, as well as a visit by then M.P. Jean Chretien [later Prime Minister] to Northern BC to campaign for Campagnolo. As well it includes 40+ images of Ms. Campagnolo’s tours and events as Member of Parliament for the Skeena riding from 1974 – 1976; 60 + images of Campagnolo on Tours and Events as Minister of State, Fitness and Amateur Sport, 1976 – 1977 including images with Canadian politicians including former and future Prime Ministers: Pierre Trudeau, John Diefenbaker, Jean Chretien and John Turner; Canadian politicians Jean Sauve and Thérèse Casgrain, and Governor Generals Adrienne Clarkson and Michaëlle Jean; members of the British Royal Family including Queen Elizabeth II, international politicians and dignitaries including Pope Paul X, Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, First Lady Rosalyn Carter, anthropologist Margaret Mead, Canadian media personalities including musician Leona Boyd. It includes 60+ images of Campagnolo’s international Ministry of Sport Tours including those of Cuba, 1977 – 1978 and the European Sports Tour with Team Canada (Hockey Canada), 1977 – 1978 as well 200+ images related to Campagnolo’s involvement in Ministry of Sport Events in Canada including images from the Commonwealth Games, Edmonton, held 3-12 August 1978 and the Canada Winter Games, Brandon, Manitoba, held 12-24 February 1979. The series also includes over 60 images of Campagnolo’s Post Political Office Activities (1979 – 1982) including activities in TV broadcasting and her involvement in the Canadian bid for the 1988 Olympic Games, her non-profit and volunteer activities including her involvement in a Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) mission, in North-eastern Thailand in 1980. Other images include 20+ images related to Campagnolo’s tenure as the President of the Liberal Party of Canada, 1982 - 1986 including Liberal Party Conventions and functions and including the official portrait of Iona Campagnolo as Liberal Party President, taken by noted photographer Yousuf Karsh, in 1986. Additional images in the series include 50+ images of Campagnolo’s Professional and Public Service, from 1987 - 1999 including CUSO and WHO missions by Campagnolo, images of Campagnolo receiving an Honourary Doctor of Laws at Brock University; 40+ images of Campagnolo in activities relating to her position as Chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia 1992 – 2004 including her Chancellor Tours of the regions that UNBC serves and official portraits. The remainder of the photographic series consists of 60+ images relating to activities, ceremonies and events attended by the Honourable Campagnolo as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, 2001 - 2007 including her Honour’s work on the Terrace Gardens, at Government House and images of Governor Generals Michaëlle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson’s visits to Government House, Victoria, in March 2006.

Theatre and Community Development

Series consists of correspondence, itineraries, newspaper clippings, reports, theatre and event programs, ephemera, contact lists, prop lists, scripts, rehearsal and performance schedules, set lists, minutes, agreements, cheques, receipts, and background material all pertaining to Iona Campagnolo's involvement with the planning of the Royal Visit to Prince Rupert in honour of British Columbia Centennial Celebrations, May 10, 1971; North Pacific Player theatre productions of Man of La Mancha (1971), Mary Stuart (1972), Tom Jones (1973), and Fiddler on the Roof (1974); planning and development of Prince Rupert’s first Folkfest '74; and initial planning for Prince Rupert Homecoming event, October 1973.

Political Career

Series consists of correspondence, campaign advertisements and publications, newspaper clippings, itineraries, reports, scrapbooks, speeches, newsletters, poetry, ephemera, memoranda, invitations, commercial publications, party publications, certificates, agendas, press releases, minutes and background information all pertaining to Iona Campagnolo’s political career as M.P. for Skeena; Minister of State Fitness and Amateur Sport, and President of the Liberal Party of Canada; as well as, pertaining to her continued interest in the political state of Canada.

Non-Political Activities

Series consists of conference proceedings, publications, speeches, biography of Iona Campagnolo, correspondence, crew list and shooting schedule for "One of a Kind" CBC programme, newspaper clippings, ephemera, itinerary, invitations, background information, film footage featuring a CUSO advertisement, trip diaries, statements, agendas, poems and minutes related to the Honourable Iona Campagnolo's involvement with various non-profit and/or non-political organizations such as CUSO-VSO (formerly known as the Canadian University Services Overseas Organizations), the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's "One of a Kind" programme, the Institute for Human Performance, the Jerusalem Women's Seminar, CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), the Futures Secretariat, the World Council of Churches, the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), World Food Day (via the Ministry of Agriculture), and various Canadian women's networks.

McMaster International Health Centre

Series consists of reports, speeches, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings and an editorial for The McMaster Internationalist newsletter related to the Honourable Iona Campagnolo’s involvement as Associate Director of the McMaster International Health Centre.

Women in Power Project

Series consists of correspondence, contracts, manuscripts and a memorandum pertaining to the Honourable Iona Campagnolo's involvement and contribution to a group publication tentatively titled All of Us: Women in Canadian Power and Politics that was scheduled for publication by Random House Canada Ltd. This project was ultimately disbanded and the resulting manuscript was never published.

University of Northern British Columbia

Series consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, Official Greetings, ephemera, background information, event and convocation programs, speeches, invitations, memoranda, reports, songs, brochures and University publications related to the development of the University of Northern British Columbia and the role of the Honourable Iona Campagnolo as the founding Chancellor.

Fraser Basin Council

Series consists of correspondence, agendas, speeches, proposals, poems, ephemera, newsletters, newspaper clippings and a biography of Iona Campagnolo all pertaining to the Honourable Iona Campagnolo’s involvement with the Fraser Basin Council.

Miscellaneous - First Nations Material

Series consists of Roots & Wings theatre programs, miscellaneous correspondence, publications, press releases, newspaper clippings, guidelines and speeches pertaining to the Nisga’a Agreement in Principle (1995-1997); and a copy of the British Columbia Treaty Negotiations Referendum issued by Premier Campbell in 2002.

Young Iona Hardy with mother and brother

Photograph depicts Rosamond Murchison-Hardy outside with her arms around her two children, all dressed in white. Trees in background.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Rosamond Murchison-Hardy’s 2 children: Iona Age 4 years 10 mos. ; Harold Age 3 yrs. 1 mos. ; August, 1937”.

M.P. Iona Campagnolo receives gift at a reception in Jeanne Sauvé’s riding, Ahuntsic, late 1974

Campagnolo, standing, displays a woven red, black, and grey shawl, while Jean Sauvé, seated, Yves Demers [?] and Marcel Roy [?], both standing, clap and smile; in the foreground is a table set with flowers and refreshments; in the background is a Canadian flag.

Handwritten annotations on verso read: “Au Quebec, from Jeanne Sauvé’s Riding, Lavalde Rapid, late 1974,” “23,” and “copie pour Mme. Campagnolo, (21), & Eymard Corkin”.

M.P. Iona Campagnolo seated at reception in Jeanne Sauvé’s riding, Ahuntsic, late 1974

Marcel Roy [?], Iona Campagnolo, Jeanne Sauvé, Yves Demers [?], and an unidentified woman sit at banquet table in front of a stage with musical instruments and a Canadian flag.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “copie pour Mme Campagnolo, 15, 1-5-, Yves Demers, Marcel Roy, Jeanne Sauvé, un discourse en français dan la circonscription de Mme S. (toute l’monde est separatiste et liberal!)”

May Diver in Costume as Mary Stuart, with unidentified man

Photograph depicts May Diver dressed as Mary Stuart in white and gold costume dancing with a man wearing black and red costume.

Preceding notation on UNBC Chancellor letterhead: “my theatre days, Ionasphere group. I made personally or designed (for Blue - Rosemary Gilbert) all these costumes, May Diver - Mary Stuart by Friedrich Von Schiller, 1972” (see also items 2009.6.1.12 - 2009.6.1.17).

Unidentified Man and Woman in Costume for Mary Stuart Production

Costumed gentleman standing next to lady wearing a formal purple gown. Handwritten annotations on verso read: “To Angie, Love Donna Penner,” and “another of costumes I made”.

Preceding notation on UNBC Chancellor letterhead: “my theatre days, Ionasphere group. I made personally or designed (for Blue - Rosemary Gilbert) all these costumes, May Diver - Mary Stuart by Friedrich Von Schiller, 1972” (see also items 2009.6.1.11 - 2009.6.1.17).

May Diver in Costume as Mary Stuart, kneeling before unidentified man

Photograph depicts May Diver dressed in white and gold costume beside man wearing black and purple costume.

Preceding notation on UNBC Chancellor letterhead: “my theatre days, Ionasphere group. I made personally or designed (for Blue - Rosemary Gilbert) all these costumes, May Diver - Mary Stuart by Friedrich Von Schiller, 1972” (see also items 2009.6.1.11 - 2009.6.1.17).

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