Records relating to diplomacy

Title: Records relating to diplomacy
Dates of Material:
1960-[2010?], predominant 1974-1982
14 cm of textual records
Scope and content

Series consists of records pertaining to Ken Taylor's career in the foreign service, in particular during his time as Canadian ambassador to Iran. Records include copies of his correspondence containing updates on the status of the Iran hostage crisis, copies of correspondence between Canadian and American diplomats and dignitaries, fact sheets and itineraries, timelines, diplomatic passports and various memos, press releases and messages related to economic and international relations. Also includes certificates appointing Taylor as Vice Consul and Consul of Canada for Michigan and Ohio.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the series.

Location of originals

Original correspondence documents are held by Library and Archives Canada. Records have been digitized and are available for viewing on LAC's public database.

Finding aids

File list available (see below).

2018.08, Box 1
115Industry, Trade and Commerce information circular1974

A notice announcing the appointment of Ken Taylor as General Director of the Trade Commissioner Service. A letter of merit increase for Pat Taylor is included.

116Diplomatic correspondence1977-1978

Copies of Ken Taylor's correspondence providing updates on affairs in Tehran.

117Diplomatic correspondence1979

Copies of Ken Taylor's correspondence providing updates on affairs in Tehran.

118Diplomatic correspondence1980

Copies of Ken Taylor's correspondence providing updates on affairs in Tehran.

119Memorandum for the Minister1979


120[Correspondence between Prime Minister Joe Clark and President James Carter]1979

Copies of correspondence regarding the American hostages in Iran.

121Message from Michael Shenstone1979

Copy of Director-General of Foreign Affairs for Africa and the Middle East Michael Shenstone's message to Tehran regarding the Iran hostages.

122Michael Shenstone - Canada's response to Iran1979


123Anticipated questions, House of Commons1979

A copy of anticipated questions regarding the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran.

124Proposed telegram to Prime Minister Bazarganca. 1979

A copy of a proposed telegram from Pierre Elliott Trudeau to new Iranian Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan.

125Transcription of interview with Mark MacGuigan1980

A copy of Secretary of State for External Affairs Mark MacGuigan's press interview about Canada's relations with Iran.

126Aide-memoire[ca. 1980?]


127Wire correspondence1981

Correspondence from President James Carter, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Secretary of State Edmond Muskie and Secretary of State for External Affairs Mark MacGuigan regarding the Iran hostages.

2018.11, Box 1
16Iran office memos1979-1980


17Michael Shenstone memo1980


18Canadian Embassy press release1978


19Canadian Embassy, Tehran, Iran, list of personnel[n.d.]


2018.13, Box 5
57Memorandum to the Minister1980


58Department of External Affairs communication pieces1980

Contain news articles related to the rescue of the American hostages.

59Wire correspondence1979-1980


510Telegrammes of congratulations1980

Messages from American citizens thanking Taylor and Canada.

511Inter-office memogram: American "thank you's" re: hostage escape1980


512Action requests1980


513Letters of appreciation from Congressmen1980


514Correspondence re: hostage release1981


515"Transcript of a news conference with Mr. Ken Taylor"1980

Press release.

516Government of Canada memorandum1978

Memo detailing posting arrangements.

517Department of Manpower and Immigration memo1977

Memo regarding employment opportunities for spouses of foreign service officers.

518Iran Pool Report1979

News roundup for foreign correspondents.

519Iran Fact Sheet1978


520Post Report, TehranApril 1976

Report summarizing Iran and Iranian culture, as well as information on the post and living conditions.

521Unofficial Iran Itinerary[before 1980]


522Department of External Affairs Communiqué1977, 1980


523Bulletinca. 1980


524"The Little Green Book: Sayings of the Ayatollah Khomeini"1980

Extracts from three major works of the Ayatollah, used as reference material.

525Welcoming remarks of Seyed Ali Ghobt to Ken Taylor1978


2019.02, Box 1
124Wire correspondence re: visit to Tehran-Chancery operations1982


125Provisional Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Health and Welfare Decree No. 503141979


2020.03, Box 2
215Ambassador Kenneth Taylor - program1980

Ken Taylor’s schedule of events. Includes copies of memos from External Affairs.

216Diplomatic correspondenceJanuary 1980

Declassified government communication regarding the departure of the houseguests and the Taylor family from Iran.

217Hostage rescue timeline[1980?]


218Timeline of Iran's Political Events[2010?]

Article by Semira N. Nikou.

219Diplomatic passports1960-1976


2020.03, Box 13
13 /OS3Appointment of Ken Taylor as Vice Consul of Canada at Detroit, Michigan, for the States of Michigan and OhioMarch 10, 1964

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

13 /OS4Appointment of Ken Taylor as Consul of Canada at Detroit, Michigan, for the States of Michigan and OhioFebruary 26, 1965

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk.