Ephemera and memorabilia

Title: Ephemera and memorabilia
Dates of Material:
1977-2017, predominant 1980-1990
47.8 cm of textual records
23 artifacts
2 flags
40 photographs : b&w
6 posters
1 audio cassette
Scope and content

Series consists of invitations, programs, advertisements and flyers, event itineraries, certificates, autographed books given as gifts, buttons, ties, lapel pins, and cards and essays addressed to Ken Taylor. Also included is a portfolio containing material relating to President Harry Truman.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the series. 

Finding aids

File list available (see below).

2018.08, Box 2


213Event programs1980-1983, 1990


214Crescent Heights High School programs1980, 2015


215Event itineraries1980-1983


216Canadian Men's Club of Iran Constitution1977


217Christmas card from James Carter[n.d.]


218Various ephemera1983-2004


2018.13, Box 10
1025Invitation to Presidential Inauguration1977

Invitation to Jimmy Carter's inauguration.

1026Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation Luncheon card1985


1027Flag of the United States of America certificate1986

Certificate certifying that an American flag was presented to Ken Taylor during the 1986 Ridgewood, New Jersey, 4th of July Parade and Celebration "Symbols of Freedom".

1028The Adventurer's Club thank-you messages1980


1029McGill Parents Association letter1983-1984

Ken Taylor was Chairman of the McGill Parents Association. Douglas Taylor attended and received his B.A. at McGill.

1030American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award book1981

Ken Taylor received the award in 1980. Book contains photos of Taylor at the previous year's event.

1031American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award book1982


1032American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award book1983


2018.13, Box 11
111OSSTF Diamond Jubilee history book1979

Includes an inscription to Ken and Pat Taylor, dated May 14, 1980, thanking them for participating in the Waterloo County High School Teachers' English Award Banquet. See Series 1 and Series 7 for further material related to the event.

112"Our Retiring Prime Minister"1983

Contains a photograph of Ken Taylor.

113"Poasjs" / "Daydream Daughter"1980

Poetry anthologies containing work by Catherine Ahearn, given to the Taylors as a gift. Includes inscriptions by Ahearn.

114"Circa instans"1980

Monograph by C.B. Rea and J. Rea given as a gift. Contains an inscription to Ken Taylor by J. Rea.

114Gerald R. Ford Museum Commemorative Dedication Program1981


115Canadian Football Hall of Fame Induction '83 program1983


1161983 All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner program and book1983


117The National Committee, Arts for the Handicapped program1983


118Treaty of Paris Celebration program1983


119Friends of Stratford, A Midsummer Night's Dream Gala program1983


1110National Horse Show Magazine1981

Ken and Pat Taylor were invited to this event several times. See Series 7 for related material.

1111Royal Oman Police Floodlight Tattoo programme1978


1112Order of Canada program1983


1113Conference programs1980-1983


1114Convocation programs1978-1984


1115Kenneth D. Taylor School Opening Ceremony program2017


2018.13, Box 12
121Event programs1977-1980


122Event programs1981-1982


123Event programs1983-1984


124Event programs1985-1986, 2003


125Canada 1 material1983

Includes a program, a news clipping and a copy of Pat Taylor's speech given at the event.

126Frog Jumping Contest1981

Material from the Frog Jump Contest at Calveras County Fair.

127First Division Canadian Training Squadron1980

Includes a program, an autographed photo and a patch.

128Event invitations1980-1989


129Invitations to events honouring Ken Taylor1980-1984


1210District 61 Fall Conference agenda1981


1211Event itineraries1980-1982


1212Event notices1980-1981


1213Holiday cards[n.d.]




1215Various ephemera

Includes Democratic National Convention guest passes, a University of Toronto Spring Reunion 2007 booklet, brochures, menus and other printed material.

2018.13, Box 15
15 /OS9Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation 36th Annual Birthday Luncheon program1988

Ken Taylor is mentioned on page 3.

15 /OS12Canada's Capital Conveners International Founding Meeting poster1981


15 /OS13"Thanks a Million" 4-H Club banner1980

Handmade banner of thanks from the 4-H Club in Livermore, California.

2018.13, Box 16
16 /OSAmerican flag1981

American flag presented to Ken Taylor by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The flag was flown over the United States Capitol. Includes a certificate and a letter.

Measurements: 145 cm (H) x 250 cm (W)

2018.13, Box 17
17 /OSAmerican flagOct. 27, 2015

American flag flown over the United States Embassy in Ottawa in memory of Ken Taylor on the day of his funeral service. Includes a certificate of appreciation mounted on a plaque.

Flag measurements: 145 cm (H) x 250 cm (W)

Certificate measurements: 29 cm (H) x 35.5 cm (W) x 1.5 cm (D)

2018.13, Box 18
18Artifactsca. 1980

Various artifacts received by Ken Taylor as gifts of thanks and as memorabilia.

Includes: one (1) City of Victoria, BC, plate with coat-of-arms; one (1) 50th Anniversary Spoon; one (1) peanut pin with the word "Carter"; two (2) CNE guest pins; two (2) Calgary Stampede pins; one (1) St. George Association Police Department, NYC, belt buckle; one (1) handmade "Alberta 75" medal; one (1) Bronco Buster bolo tie; one (1) "Thank You Ken Taylor" button; one (1) 1980 Calgary Stampede Parade Participant button; one (1) Exhibition Ottawa pin and ribbon; one (1) miniature figure of the historic mace from Norfolk, Virginia; one (1) "Cal Band" button; one (1) "Go to hell Stanfurd [sic]" button; and one (1) "I'm bullish on Berkeley" button.

2018.13, Box 19
19Various ephemera

Includes a tie from St. Francis Xavier University and a "Remember the Hostages" flag honouring the 53 Americans held hostage in Iran.

2019.02, Box 1
154International House Berkeley: A Sixtieth Anniversary Retrospective1990


155Ken Taylor memorial program2015


2019.02, Box 2
21Event programs1980-1982


22Event programs1983-1984


23Event programs1991-1992


24Event programs2010, 2015


25Event invitations1990-1991


26Invitations to events honouring the Taylors1991-1992


27"The O'Tooles Remember Twenty Five October 5's"2014

A photo book created by the Taylors' friends celebrating Ken's birthday and the Taylors' anniversary.

28Various ephemera


2019.02, Box 4
4 /OS18Frederick Crocker Jr. prints[194-?]

A series of prints drawn by artist Frederick Crocker Jr. depicting life and culture in Guatemala.

4 /OS19Autographed Snowbirds' card1982


2020.03, Box 3
313Event programs1996-2001, 2011


314Event invitations1996-2001


315Dinner invitations and menus1982, 1988, 1995-1997, 2004


316Chancellor’s Council of Victoria University – notice of meeting2000

Includes an agenda of the Chancellor’s Council meeting and an advertisement for a panel discussion on international law and order moderated by Taylor.

317Installation ephemera1998

Contains material relating to Ken Taylor’s installation as Chancellor of Victoria University. Includes a program, invitation, correspondence, a copy of Taylor’s speech, and an article in The Strand.

318Harry Truman portfolio1988-1989

Portfolio containing records documenting the history of Harry Truman’s presidency, compiled for Taylor as an Honoree of the HST Good Neighbor Award Foundation. Includes correspondence, copies of executive orders, 40 black and white photographs and a cassette tape of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Luncheon.

The photographs highlight significant events of the Truman administration (1943-1962) and are official presidential photographs.

2020.03, Box 4
41New York Celebration material1995-1999

Contains planning material for weekend celebrations hosted by the Taylors. Includes guest lists, menus, correspondence and itineraries.

2020.03, Box 9
9 /OSOrder of Canada, Officer lapel pin[n.d.]


9 /OSRed Canadian maple leaf lapel pin[n.d.]


9 /OSVimy Foundation lapel pinca. 2009


2020.03, Box 13
13 /OS10"Reflections on the Middle East"[198-]

Poster for a talk by Ken Taylor presented by the Center for Canadian-American Studies in Washington.

13 /OS11125th Anniversary of the Albany Club poster2007

With art published by the Industrial League, Frederic Nicholls.

2020.03, Box 14
14 /OS"In Memoriam"2011

Poster commemorating 9/11. Art by Peter Fromme-Douglas, Canadian post-war and contemporary artist, with an inscription to Ken Taylor.

14 /OSOur Man in Tehran movie poster2013


2021.04, Box 1
1 /OSA Celebration Dinner in honour of Kenneth and Patricia TaylorMay 14, 2004

An oversize poster signed by members of the Victoria University community, presented to Ken and Pat Taylor at a celebration dinner.

2022.05, Box 1
111International House 2007 Harry Edmonds Awards Gala program2007



Invitation from the Ambassador of Sweden to a dinner honouring His Excellency and Mrs. Abbass Amir Entezam.

2022.05, Box 2
2 /OS1Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award ephemera1984-1985, 2020

Material relating to the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, sent to Pat Taylor from Peggy J. Farrell, Executive Director of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation. Includes:

  • Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation Luncheon card, 1985
  • Copy of US News & World Report editor’s statement, June 11, 1984
  • Letter from Peggy J. Farrell to Pat Taylor, 2020