Fonds - Peter Lougheed fonds

Peter Lougheed fonds finding aid
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Peter Lougheed fonds

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  • Predominantly 1965-2004 (Creation)
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    Lougheed, Peter

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8m of textual materials and multiple media
Includes ca. 1000 photos, b&w and color, posters, framed artifacts, plaques, videotapes, books, newsclippings and a variety of other souvenir-type items.

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(1928 - 2012)

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Peter Lougheed was a former premier of Alberta (1971-1985) who was in charge of the Progressive Conservative government in the province during an era of significant development for Alberta in relation to the energy sectors and provincial contribution to the national scene. Peter Lougheed was born in Calgary on July 26, 1928, son of Edgar and Edna Lougheed and grandson of Sir James Alexander Lougheed. He was educated in Calgary public schools, was awarded a BA. and LLB. from the University of Alberta in 1951 and 1952 respectively, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1954, Lougheed was elected leader of a moribund Progressive Conservative party in Alberta in 1965, and went on to win a seat in the legislature in 1967, and to become premier at the head of a new Progressive Conservative government in 1971. He was premier of the province through tumultuous years of boom and bust, the development of the energy industry, and federal-provincial conflicts. Lougheed retired from politics in 1985 after winning four successive election victories. After leaving politics, Lougheed was a partner and counsel with Bennett Jones law firm in Calgary; was active in international business pursuits, and much involved in national issues of trade and constitutional reform. Lougheed made his home in Calgary and was involved in various business pursuits, actively supporting various organizations, and speaking out on matters of public concern.

Lougheed had long suffered from a heart condition and in early September 2012, his health deteriorated and he was taken to hospital where he died of natural causes. His body lay in state from September 17-18, 2012 inside the main rotunda of the Alberta Legislature Building. The national and provincial flags were flown at half-mast throughout the province of Alberta. After lying in state, Lougheed's body travelled back to Calgary in a motorcade from Edmonton that followed a procession through the city, passing places of significance to Lougheed. A state memorial was held on September 21, 2012 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

For a more complete biography see archivist's file.

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Acquired from Peter Lougheed.

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Peter Lougheed is a former premier of Alberta (1971-1985) who was in charge of the Progressive Conservative government in the province during an era of significant development for Alberta in relation to the energy sectors and provincial contribution to the national scene. Peter Lougheed was born in Calgary on July 26, 1928, son of Edgar and Edna Lougheed and grandson of Sir James Alexander Lougheed. He was educated in Calgary public schools, was awarded a BA. and LLB. from the University of Alberta in 1951 and 1952 respectively, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1954, Lougheed was elected leader of a moribund Progressive Conservative party in Alberta in 1965, and went on to win a seat in the legislature in 1967, and to become premier at the head of a new Progressive Conservative government in 1971 He was premier of the province through tumultuous years of boom and bust, the development of the energy industry, and federal-provincial conflicts. Lougheed retired from politics in 1985 after winning four successive election victories. Since leaving politics, Lougheed has been partner and counsel with Bennett Jones law firm in Calgary, active in international business pursuits, and much involved in national issues of trade and constitutional reform. Today Lougheed makes his home in Calgary. He continues to be involved in business pursuits, actively supports various organizations, and speaks out on matters of public concern. For a more complete biography see archivist’s file.
These records were in Lougheed’s custody in various locations over the years. Some of the early scrapbooks and other material in the fonds was originally assembled outside Lougheed’s office and without his direction by other interested parties and given to Lougheed as part of his memorabilia collection. Originally, prior to 1971, items collected seem to have been kept in P. C. party or Official Opposition offices, but during Lougheed’s long term as premier, they were kept in his Calgary premier’s office, and after he left public office, in his law office at Bennett Jones. They were later stored at the Ranchmen’s Club and were transferred to the Lougheed House archives in 2004.
The fonds consists of quasi-personal material collected by Lougheed during the course of his political and post-political career, along with a few pertinent items saved from his pre-political life. This is essentially a collection of items chosen by Peter Lougheed (or, in the case of newsclippings, but staff under his direction) to document that part of his life which has been in the public eye since 1965, and to showcase aspects of those public achievements which gave him particular personal satisfaction, or were simply fun, In the manner of a scrapbook, this collection was always intended as a display.
The collection documents, from Lougheed’s personal point of view and from that of the mass media, his career in Progressive Conservative party politics and campaigns throughout his tenure as premier, his official activities while in public office as leader of the opposition and premier, and his ongoing service to the community and the nation since 1985.

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The fonds are arranged in four series:
1- Scrapbook, memorabilia and newsclippings 1925-2004 (sub-divided into 3 sub-series: Collections begun prior to holding public office, Material collected as leader of the opposition and premier, and Material collected during private-sector career)
2- Videotapes of television interviews with and documentaries about Peter Lougheed 1976-1996;
3- Photographs acquired from the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCAA) 1970-1988;
4- Books about Peter Lougheed and/or to which he contributed 1978-2003.

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The material is in English. Some newspaper clippings are in French, Ukrainian, or other foreign languages used in local press were Lougheed travelled.

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RCRF

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UAA-2012-046

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Lougheed’s Premier’s Papers are at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA). Other records relating to Lougheed’s activites are located in the fonds of the many organizations and corporations with which he has been active since leaving political life, including the Progressive Conservative party. 2 boxes of records of Al Adair, and 1 box of drafts of David Wood’s book on Lougheed, which were in Peter Lougheed’s custody, were acquired along with the Lougheed collection but are separate fonds and are not included in this description.

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Created by AODEEN 7-7-2015. Updated by AODEEN 7-7-2015. Updated by AGH 4 Oct 2019.
Updated by M.Fraser 23 March, 2020.

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