New Issue: Archivaria

Dear Archival Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Archivaria 89 (Spring 2020) is now available online at It will also be available on Project Muse within the coming days. The print issue is in production and will be mailed to members and subscribers in the next few weeks. Canada Post is reporting delays to their service and this may affect when members receive their printed copies.

All Archivaria content is currently available to everyone without any restrictions. After June 30, 2020, we will be implementing a new embargo policy, by which access to articles included in the most recent two issues (instead of the last eight issues) is going to be restricted to members and subscribers.

With this issue, you’ll also notice things have changed a bit on our website. In recent weeks, we upgraded the journal to a more responsive, mobile-friendly version of Open Journal Systems (OJS).

A huge thank you to the authors who have contributed to the new issue, to the Archivaria Editorial Team, and to the ACA office staff for all the hard work it takes to put an issue together.

Happy reading!

Fiorella Foscarini, General Editor

Update, plus Archivaria and The Public Historian are open access

Greetings to all-

As I’m sure it has been for many of you, the past couple of weeks have consisted of planning work-from-home projects. I hope to get back to regular posts soon.

In the meantime, Archivaria and The Public Historian have temporarily opened all their content for free access. If you hear of more, send me a message and I’ll share!



Temporary removal of embargo

In response to the public health crisis of COVID-19, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be making the eight most recent issues of Archivaria freely available to all through this site and on Project Muse. Content from the last four years will now be available free for all until June 30th 2020. As always, all other previous issues are available in the Back Issues section of this site for your reading pleasure during these challenging times!

Posted: 2020-03-23

The Public Historian

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(University of California Press) at this time? As part of the Press’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Press has made arrangements for all of its journal content (including that of The Public Historian) to be made freely available through the end of June. This is to assist the community of libraries, faculty, students, and scholars with access during a time when their usual access is likely disrupted or challenged due to library closures, remote working arrangements, etc. Let us know how this access changes the way you use The Public Historian during this time!


Recent Issue: Archivaria

Latest Issue – Archivaria 88 (Fall 2019)

Reciprocal Archival Imaginaries: The Shifting Boundaries of “Community” in Community Archives

The Trust in Archives–Trust in Digital Archival Content Framework

“Treat Them with the Reverence of Archivists”: Records Work, Grief Work, and Relationship Work in the Archives

Investigating the Impact of the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada

In Critical Condition: (Un)Becoming Bodies in Archival Acts of Truth Telling

For the Purpose of Accountability: The Need for a Comprehensive Recordkeeping Act

Book Reviews
Matthew Harle, Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive

Jordan Landes and Richard Espley, eds., Radical Collections: Re-Examining the Roots of Collections, Practices and Information Professions

Trevor Owens, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation

Elizabeth Blight, 1944-2019

Letter to the Editor
Ray Edmondson

New Issue: Archivaria

Archivaria 86 (Fall 2018)

Looking for a Place to Happen: Collective Memory, Digital Music Archiving, and the Tragically Hip
Alan Galey

Omelettes in the Stack: Archival Fragility and the Aforeafter
Antonina Lewis

Leaving a Trail: Personal Papers and Public Archives Part One – The Donor’s Story
Betsy Hearne

Leaving a Trail: Personal Papers and Public Archives Part Two – The Archivist’s Story
Susanne Belovari

The Reconfiguration of the Archive as Data to Be Mined
Michael Moss, David Thomas, Tim Gollins

Integrated Online Access to Objects and Archives
Jinfang Niu

Book Reviews
David Thomas, Simon Fowler, and Valerie Johnson, The Silence of the Archive
Rodney G.S. Carter

Philip C. Bantin, ed., Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories: Theory and Implementation
Maxwell Otte

Exhibition Reviews
Shalom Montreal: Stories and Contributions of the Jewish Community, McCord Museum
Sarah Nantel

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, Vancouver Art Gallery
Alexandra Wieland

New Issue: Archivaria

Archivaria 85 (Spring 2018)
(subscription, membership)

Metaphors We Work By: Reframing Digital Objects, Significant Properties, and the Design of Digital Preservation Systems

The Advocate’s Archive: Walter Rudnicki and the Fight for Indigenous Rights in Canada, 1955–2010

Research without Archives?: The Making and Remaking of Area Studies Knowledge of the Middle East in a Time of Chronic War

Facebook Live as a Recordmaking Technology

Study in Documents
The Iran Album (1974): Some Sleeve Notes

Gordon Dodds Prize
Ethics of Archival Practice: New Considerations in the Digital Age

Book Reviews
Camille Callison, Loriene Roy, and Gretchen Alice LeCheminant, eds., Indigenous Notions of Ownership and Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Joanna Sassoon, Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s Photographs Shaped Australia

Paul Delsalle, A History of Archival Practice

John H. Slate and Kaye Lanning Minchew, Managing Local Government Archives

New Issue: Archivaria

Archivaria 84 (Fall 2017)

Catalogues and the Collecting and Ordering of Knowledge (II): Debates about Cataloguing Practices in the British Museum and the Forebears of the Public Record Office of Great Britain, ca. 1750–1850
Heather MacNeil

Everything Old Is New Again: The Evolution of Generic Appraisal at Library and Archives Canada
Rebecca Giesbrecht and Jenna Murdock Smith

Beyond Clicks, Likes, and Downloads: Identifying Meaningful Impacts for Digitized Ethnographic Archives
Ricardo L. Punzalan, Diana E. Marsh, and Kyla Cools

Meaning-Making and Memory-Making in the Archives: Oral History Interviews with Archives Donors
Carmen Ruschiensky

Study in Documents From Meteorological Registers to Climate Data: Information Gathering in the Early Years of the Meteorological Service of Canada
Tom Belton

Notes and Communications
He Tohu
Lillie le Dorré

Book Reviews
Heather MacNeil and Terry Eastwood, eds., Currents of Archival Thinking, 2nd ed. (Jonathan Dorey)

Katherine Biber and Trish Luker, eds., Evidence and the Archive: Ethics, Aesthetics and Emotion (Steven Maynard)

Anne J. Gilliland, Sue McKemmish, and Andrew J. Lau, eds., Research in the Archival Multiverse (Rebecka T. Sheffield)

Sonja Luehrmann, Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge (Alexandra Wieland)

Exhibition Reviews
Arresting Images: Mug Shots from the OPP Museum. Peterborough Museum & Archives (Jodi Aoki)

Free Black North. Art Gallery of Ontario (Rachel Lobo)

Hank Bull: Connexion. Burnaby Art Gallery (Shyla Seller)

Archivaria Awards 

Archivaria Awards

The Association of Canadian Archivists has established the following three
awards to recognize excellent writing in Archivaria: the W. Kaye Lamb Prize,
the Hugh A. Taylor Prize, and the Gordon Dodds Prize.
Winners receive a certificate, a cash prize, formal notification in Archivaria,
and ongoing listing on the ACA website ( A description of
the adjudication procedures for these awards may also be found there.

Read the full article.

W. Kaye Lamb Prize (established 1983)
J.J. Ghaddar for her article, “The Spectre in the Archive: Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Archival Memory,” in Archivaria 82 (Fall 2016).

Hugh A. Taylor Prize (established 2006)
Naomi Norquay for her article, “An Accidental Archive of the Old Durham Road: Reclaiming a Black Pioneer Settlement,” which appeared in Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016).

Gordon Dodds Prize (established 2011)
Alyssa Hamer for her paper “Ethics of Archival Practice: New Considerations in the Digital Age.”

New Issue: Archivaria

Archivaria 82 (Fall 2016)

(full content for subscribers, abstracts available)


The Spectre in the Archive: Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Archival Memory
J.J. Ghaddar

Catalogues and the Collecting and Ordering of Knowledge (I): ca. 1550–1750
Heather MacNeil

Media and the Messengers: Writings on Digital Archiving in Canada from the 1960s to the 1980s
Greg Bak

Linked Data for Archives
Jinfang Niu

Risky Business? Issues in Licensing Copies of Archival Holdings
Jean Dryden


From Missionaries to Managers: Making the Case for a Canadian Documentary Heritage Commission
Richard Valpy

Book Reviews

DAVID VINCENT, Privacy: A Short History
Carolyn Heald

LUCIANA DURANTI and PATRICIA C. FRANKS, eds., Encyclopedia of Archival Science
Juan Ilerbaig

MARGARET CROCKETT, The No-Nonsense Guide to Archives and Recordkeeping
Jamie Serran

RACHEL WEXELBAUM, ed., Queers Online: LGBT Digital Practices in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Al Stanton-Hagan

LINDA M. MORRA, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Canadian Women’s Authorship
Jennifer Toews

Exhibition Reviews

Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Collection of Library and Archives Canada. LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
Philip Dombowsky

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture. VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Laura Millar

“Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs?” The Emergence of Artist-Run Culture in Halifax. DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY
Rebecca Young


Jean Tener, 1931–2016

Archivaria Awards

Archivaria Awards 2016


ACA Archivaria Prizes

from the Association of Canadian Archivists website:

At the Awards Luncheon, Jennifer Douglas, Archivaria General Editor and Catherine Bailey, former General Editor announced the winners of these prizes:

Raymond Frogner was awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for his article “Lord, Save Us from the Et Cetera of the Notary”: Archival Appraisal, Local Custom, and Colonial Law which appears in Archivaria #79

Tom Nesmith was awarded the Hugh Taylor Award for his article Toward the Archival Stage in the History of Knowledge which appears in Archivaria #80

Grant Hurley was awarded the Gordon Dodds prize for his article, Community Archives, Community Clouds: Enabling Digital Preservation for Small Archives published in Archivaria #81

New Issue: Archivaria

reposted from A&A listserv:

I’m very pleased to announce that Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016) is now available online to ACA members and subscribers. The print issue is in production and will be mailed shortly. In accordance with our rolling access window, Archivaria 73 (Spring 2012) is now available to all readers in the Main Collection.

Thank you to the Archivaria Editorial Team and the ACA Office for all their hard work on this issue.

Kind regards,
Jennifer Douglas, General Editor, Archivaria

Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016)
An Accidental Archive of the Old Durham Road: Reclaiming a Black Pioneer Settlement
Naomi Norquay
From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives
Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor
Romance Writers’ Use of Archives
Caryn Radick
Digitizing Archival Records: Benefits and Challenges for a Large Professional Accounting Association
Monica Kenely, Brad Potter, Brian West, Phillip Cobbin
and Steven Chang
Archiving Paul: Manuscripts, Religion, and the Editorial Shaping of Ancient Letter Collections
Gregory Fewster

Gordon Dodds Prize
Community Archives, Community Clouds: Enabling Digital Preservation for Small Archives
Grant Hurley

Book Reviews
Marcel Barriault
RICHARD RINEHART and JON IPPOLITO, Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
Amy Marshall Furness
CHERYL BEREDO, Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History
Aaron Gordon
JEAN DRYDEN, Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher’s Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives, 2nd ed.
Heather Martin
ALANA KUMBIER, Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archives
Rebecka Sheffield

Exhibition Review
No Little Plans: Alternative Building and Transportation Visions for Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES
Simon Patrick Rogers