Awards and honours

Title: Awards and honours
Dates of Material:
1954-2013, predominant 1980-1992
37 cm of textual records
23 artifacts
41 plaques
1 painting
Scope and content

Series consists of honourary degrees, resolutions and proclamations, certificates, plaques and artifacts awarded to Ken Taylor celebrating various achievements.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the series.

Finding aids

File list available (see below). 

2018.08, Box 2
27Y-Teen Leadership Award1954


28Canadian Club of New York Gold Medal Award1980

Includes an event program and an article. The award was returned to the Canadian Club to display in their offices, and was lost when they moved.

29Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award1980


210Sigma Chi Fraternity certificate1982


211Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation certificate1992

Received by Ken and Pat Taylor. Includes a letter of congratulations from Rideau Hall to Pat Taylor; Ken's letter was accidentally discarded from his Nabisco office.

2018.11, Box 1
110Alberta Advanced Education and Career Development certificate1994

Certificate thanking Taylor for serving on the Banff Centre Board of Governors.

111Wilfrid Laurier University certificate of congratulations1998


112University of Windsor certificate of congratulations1998

Includes correspondence.

113Queen's University certificate of congratulations1998


114University of Western Ontario certificate of congratulations1998


115Lakehead University certificate of congratulations1998


116Carleton University certificate of congratulations1998

Includes correspondence.

2018.11, Box 2
21University of Guelph certificate of congratulations1998


22McMaster University certificate of congratulations1998

Includes correspondence.

23Mount Allison University certificate of congratulations1998


24The Medical Strollers certificate2007

Certificate thanking Taylor for a lecture given in 2007.

2018.13, Box 9
97State University of New York, Doctor of Humane Letters1981


98St. Francis Xavier University Honorary Doctor of Laws degree - Ken Taylor1981


99St. Francis Xavier University Honorary Doctor of Laws degree - Pat Taylor1981


910-11Niagara University, Doctor of Humane Letters degree and certificate2013


912Paul Harris Fellow certificate - Ken Taylor[n.d.]


2018.13, Box 10
101Paul Harris Fellow certificate - Pat Taylor[n.d.]


102State of California certificates1980

Certificates from the California Legislature Assembly and the California Senate honouring Ken Taylor. Also includes Official Flag of the State of California scroll.

103State of California Honorary Citizen certificate1981


104International Host Committee of California, Incorporated Honorary Members certificate1980


105Alameda County Sheriff's Department Certificate of Appreciation1980


106New York State Political Science Association certificateca. 1980


107New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry Honorary Member certificate1981


108The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine certificate1981


109Banff International Festival of Films for Television certificate1981


1010Sigma Chi Fraternity certificate1984


1011Bell Ringer of the Year Award1984


1012Grand Ole Opry certificates1984


1013Girl Scout Council Order of the Green Angel1980


1014State of Mississippi House Concurrent Resolution No. 311981

Resolution commending the Government of Canada for its aid in the Iran embassy takeover.

1015City of Utica Resolution1980

Resolution extending thanks and appreciation to Ken Taylor.

1016State of New York Legislative Resolution1981


1017State of New York Senate Resolutionca. 1980

Resolution expressing appreciation and gratitude to Canada and Ken Taylor.

1018City of Midland Proclamation1980


1019Borough of Tenafly, New Jersey, Proclamation1982


1020Proclamation, Queen Elizabeth the Second1977

Copy of an announcement to the Shahanshah of Iran praising Ken Taylor's qualities.

1021Proclamation, "Thank and Merci, Canada" Week1980

City of Eureka, California, proclamation.

1022Rotary Club of Locust Valley, New York, Guest Speaker certificate1982


1023Cougar Superteams / Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada certificate1982


1024"Hole in One" Club Membership certificate1967


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15 /OS3Order of the Good time certificateca. 1979


15 /OS4State of Washington certificates1980

Includes certificates certifying Taylor as Honorary Distinguished Citizen and Ambassador of Goodwill, and a proclamation commissioning Taylor as a Washington General.

15 /OS5Purveyor of Pleasure certificate1980


15 /OS6City of Buffalo proclamation1980


15 /OS7City of Asbury Park proclamation1980


15 /OS14Third Annual Benefit on the Green golf plaque1994

Measurements: 2 cm (H) x 23 cm (W) x 30.5 cm (D)

2018.13, Box 20
20US Congressional Gold MedalMarch 6, 1980

One copy of the Congressional Gold Medal presented to Ken Taylor for his efforts in Iran.

2018.13, Box 21
21Baseball from Yankee Stadium1980

Baseball thrown by Ken Taylor at the game in Yankee Stadium held in honour of Canada. Signed by the Yankees, including Reggie Jackson. 

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22Artifactsca. 1980

Artifacts received from Canadian and American cities by Ken Taylor in honour of his efforts in Tehran, including cuff links from the Corporation of the City of St. Catharines and various keys to cities.

Keys to the cities: City of Ottawa; City of Saint John, NB; City of Miami Beach; City of Los Angeles; City of Lansing, MI; City of East Lansing, MI; City of Bellingham, WA; and the City of San Francisco.

2018.13, Box 23
23Key to the City of Birminghamca. 1980


2019.02, Box 1
135Certificate of thanks from Brian Mulroney1984


136Dominican College of Blauvelt, Doctor of Laws honoris causaJune 1, 1986


137The President's Cabinet Awardca. 1980


138Radio 11 WBAL Brotherhood AwardFebruary 8, 1980


139Everett City Council and His Honor the May CitationFebruary 26, 1980


140Veterans of Foreign Wars Certificate of AppreciationApril 9, 1980


141The Men's Canadian Club of Vancouver Citation AwardJune 24, 1980


142Significant Sig Medal CertificateJune 28, 1980


143Certificate acknowledging opening of Canadian National ExhibitionAugust 14, 1980


144The American Legion Certificate of Appreciationca. 1980


145Daughters of the American Revolution Certificate of Appreciation1981


146The St. David's Society of the State of New York William R. Hopkins Bronze Medal certificateMarch 1, 1983


147County of Monroe certificateMay 14, 1983


148National Press Club Certificate of AppreciationJuly 12, 1983


149Omicron Delta Kappa Society membership certificate1983


150Kiwanis Club of Washington, New Jersey ResolutionFebruary 4, 1980


151International Halfway House Resolution1980


152City of Calgary ProclamationOctober 5, 1984


153Resolution of Appreciation, Board of Trustees of International HouseOctober 26, 2015


2019.02, Box 3
31City of North York Mayor's Medals1980

Medals suspended in lucite in triangular cases presented to Ken and Pat Taylor by Mel Lastman.

32Port of Sacramento tray1980


33H. DeHaven Manley Memorial Award tray1981

Silver tray engraved with the words "Courageous Humanitarians" dedicated to Ken and Pat Taylor from the Burma Star Association.

2019.02, Box 4
4 /OS2Adcrafter's speaker's portrait1981

Presented to Taylor for speaking at an Adcrafter's luncheon meeting in January 1981. Painted by Adcrafter Rich Debo.

4 /OS5Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Certificate of Appreciation1980


4 /OS6The Order of the Midnight Sun award1985


4 /OS7Framed and autographed cover of Maclean's1980


4 /OS8Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award1985


4 /OS9The Intrepid Award2011


4 /OS10West Point Society of New York certificate1983


4 /OS11Certificates

Includes a Citation of Merit from Stanley Simon, President of the Borough of the Bronx (1987), Burma Star Squadrons Association Honourary Life Member Certificate (1982), and a certificate from the Canadian Jewish Congress (1980).

4 /OS12State of Michigan resolution and special tribute1980


4 /OS13Bad Axe, Michigan Citation1980


4 /OS14Proclamations and resolutions1980-1982

Includes the County of San Diego, the City of New York, Westchester County in New York, California Legislature, The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, the County of Yolo, Oakland City Council and the Town of Islip.

4 /OS15City of North York certificate / Magna Charta Award certificate1980, 1984


4 /OS16Official certificates appointing Ken Taylor to the position of Ambassador1977


2019.02, Box 5
5 /OSBravo from the Residents of the Borough of York coin[n.d.]


5 /OSCanadian Diabetes Association plaqueNovember 26, 1980


5 /OSGood Neighbor Award plaqueJune 29, 1980


5 /OSINTA Humanitarian AwardJuly 19, 1985


5 /OSNational Multiple Sclerosis Society, W.N.Y. Chapter plaqueNovember 13, 1980


5 /OSToastmasters International Communication and Leadership AwardOctober 31, 1981


2019.02, Box 6
6 /OSAmerican Friendship Medal[1980?]

Presented to Taylor by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

6 /OSB'nai B'rith District 5, Argo Lodge #413 Statesman of the Year plaqueSeptember 15, 1981


6 /OSDiplomat of Courage plaque1989

Presented to Taylor by the Reserve Officers Association.

6 /OSJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice plaqueFebruary 24, 1981


6 /OSPacific National Exhibition plaqueAugust 16, 1980


2019.02, Box 7
7 /OSCitizenship AwardMarch 5, 1981

Presented by the Jewish War Veterans of Canada Toronto Post and the General Wingate Branch 256 of the Royal Canadian Legion. 

7 /OSFBI patchesJune 30, 1981

Presented at the New York State and Eastern Canada Chapter.

7 /OSMount Clemins ProclamationJune 23, 1980


7 /OSNational Seal Day plaqueMarch 1, 1987

Presented to Taylor, "A Man of Honor and Courage", by the North Wind Undersea Institute for National Seal Day.

7 /OSOrder of the Iron Mike Award1980

Presented by the Marine Corps League.

7 /OSOttawa Securitas plaque[n.d.]


7 /OSPlaque presented to Pat TaylorApril 9, 1980

Presented by the International Host Committee of Oakland, CA.

7 /OSThorold Secondary School plaqueNovember 7, 1980

Presented to Taylor from Thorold Secondary School in appreciation for his graduation address at their commencement.

2019.02, Box 8
8 /OS77th Annual CACP Conference Appreciation plaque1982

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police plaque.

8 /OSCanadian Diabetes Association plateMay 7, 1980


8 /OSCity of Port Huron Appreciation Plaque1982


8 /OSEvanston community plaqueJuly 4, 1980


8 /OSOutstanding Person AwardSeptember 15, 1980

Presented by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

8 /OSRotary International plaque1981


8 /OSStolzenthaler Council #1675 Knights of Columbus plaqueApril 11, 1981


8 /OSThanks Canada plaque1980

Presented by William McKinley J.H.S. in Brooklyn.

2019.02, Box 9
9 /OSCanadian Club AwardJuly 1, 1981


9 /OSCanadian Outerwear Fashion Fair clock1981

Wooden clock in the shape of Canada.

9 /OSConsul of the Year plaqueMay 19, 1982

Presented by the New Jersey World Trade Council.

9 /OSDetroit-Windsor International Freedom Festival Freedom Award plaqueJuly 2, 1980


9 /OSMississauga City Board of Trade boxOctober 12, 1982


2019.02, Box 10
10 /OSService to Mankind AwardApril 26, 1980


10 /OSSociété des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux plaqueMay 25, 1980


10 /OSSt. George Association Police Department of the City of New York Golden Rule AwardMay 4, 1980


10 /OSThe Commodore John Barry AwardMarch 11, 1983

Awarded by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore.

2019.02, Box 11
11 /OSCity of Winnipeg plaqueJune 2, 1980

Plaque naming Taylor an honorary citizen of Winnipeg.

11 /OSThe Consular Law Society plaqueJune 16, 1982


2020.03, Box 3
310Kenneth and Patricia Taylor Distinguished Visitor in Foreign Affairs Endowment certificate of recognitionMay 14, 2004


311Academy of Distinguished Canadians and Americans medal2005

Includes a write-up by The Maple Leaf Foundation.

312The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada Award of Honour1981-1982

Ken Taylor was National Campaign Chairman, 1981-82.

2020.03, Box 9
9 /OSFacsimile of key made in 1812 for the door of City Hall, New York[1980?]


9 /OSQuebec gold medalOctober 19, 1984


2020.03, Box 10
10 /OSTehran, Iran Securitas plaqueDecember 1979

Presented to Ken Taylor from the Second Contingent Military Police, Tehran.

10 /OSTown of Tillsonburg plaqueApril 10, 1984


2020.03, Box 11
11 /OSDominican College of Blauvelt Doctor of LawsJune 1, 1986


11 /OSOptimist International plaqueJune 30, 1980


11 /OSThe Graduates Society, Honorary Life MembershipMay 5, 1994

Presented by McGill University.

11 /OSU.S. Olympic Festival '861986

Presented to Ken Taylor in appreciation for his support to the United States Olympic Committee.

2020.03, Box 12
12Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award - bust1985

A bust of Harry Truman awarded to Ken Taylor as part of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

2020.03, Box 13
13 /OS6Certificate appointing Ken Taylor to Officer of the Order of CanadaJuly 1, 1980


13 /OS7Laurentian University honorary doctorateMay 22, 1980

Includes a copy of the speech given at Taylor's receipt of the Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa at Laurentian University.

13 /OS8St. Lawrence University honorary degreeMay 27, 1984


13 /OS9Doctorat of LifeOctober 9, 1999

Given by the faculty, students and friends of Lifelong U. in New York City.

2022.05, Box 1
1102013 International House Alumni Couple of the Year2013

The award was unframed and rehoused as a conservation measure. The original framed plaque was scanned and can be viewed on the Digital Collections website.

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