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Posted November 29, 2012

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Historical Lester B. Pearson

Geoffrey Pearson Documents Donated to Carleton University

The Geoffrey Pearson documents have been donated to Carleton’s MacOdrum Library. This considerable collection includes records created and accumulated by Pearson during his diplomatic career and as the executive director of the Canadian Institute of International Peace and Security. It includes material by and about Lester B. Pearson collected over his entire lifetime, including early legacy material, records documenting his Nobel Peace Prize, work on the Canadian flag and his work in foreign affairs.

"I have chosen to donate my husband's papers and the materials he held in trust for his father, Lester B. Pearson, to Carleton University partly because of the long association of the Pearson family with Carleton, but also because both men believed strongly in the importance of the academic community and in sharing their wisdom and experience with young scholars,” said Landon Pearson, chair of the Landon Pearson Resource Centre For the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights.

Carleton Library’s Archives and Research Collections department is continually searching for collections such as the Geoffrey Pearson papers that can support faculty research, and student academics and can be used by the external community for research projects.

“This collection is unique from an historical perspective because it reveals the strong relationship between a father and son who, while very different in temperament, were both deeply committed to international peace and security and to a responsible role for Canada in world affairs,” said Pearson. “They listened to and sought advice from each other and, as the collection documents, applied that advice to Canadian foreign policy throughout their distinguished careers.”

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