The Association for Manitoba Archives was created in 1992 to merge the major programs and services of its predecessors, the Association of Manitoba Archivists (founded in 1980) and the Manitoba Council of Archives. This merger occurred shortly after the Association of Manitoba Archivists' and Manitoba Council of Archives' joint publication of Plan 2000: The Manitoba Archival Community in the 1990s in March 1991. This publication came about as a result of the 1988 Manitoba Archival Needs Assessment Study, The Past Is Present.
The AMA’s mandate is to preserve the heritage of the people and institutions of the Province of Manitoba by improving the administration, effectiveness and efficiency of the Province’s archival system[s]. The association's goals and objectives are to:
- Promote a better understanding and increased public awareness among Manitobans of the role and uses of archives
- Provide a forum for the discussion of archival issues and the exchange of ideas on archival matters
- Enhance the quality of service provided by archives and archivists to the communities they serve in Manitoba by promoting standards, procedures and practices in the establishment and management of archives
- Provide assistance and educational opportunities to persons seeking to improve their knowledge of skills in the development, management or operation of archives
- Advise, coordinate, plan for the allocation of resources, grants and services for Manitoba's archival system.
Donations to the AMA are gratefully accepted. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.