Advisory Services

The Association for Manitoba Archives established its Advisory Services Program in 1990, and is one of several programs offered by the AMA to support and encourage the development of sustainable archives in Manitoba.

What we do:

The Advisory Services Program provides:

§  advice to archival institutions working to improve procedures and practices

§  advice to organizations desiring to care for their archival records

§  advice to organizations that may wish to start an archives


Advice and information may be delivered through site assessment, individual consultation and/or workshops.

Who is eligible?

Members of the Association for Manitoba Archives, not-for-profit organizations, or businesses that have been in existence for a minimum of five years and do not have an agreement with an existing archives, and individuals holding significant records.

To discuss or arrange Advisory Services please contact the Advisory Services Committee Chair [link]

Note: Eligible applicants must be willing to make their archives accessible to the public on a regular basis within a reasonable period of time after the completion of the advisory process.


The AMA has created several resources for members to assist with some common issues. 

What to do When the Filing Cabinet is Full?

This publication was produced by the Advisory Services Committee. It provides basic information on what to do with archival records and presents different options for their care. It was intended to answer questions that not-for-profit organizations or businesses might have in regards to their records.

What to Do When the Cabinet Is Full

Preservation Policy Guide

This guide to creating preservation policies is based on past Preservation Assessments.  It  may be used as a general resource and also to meet the criteria for AMA institutional membership.

Preservation Policy Guide

Minimum Standards for Archives – a Self-Study by Nancy Stunden (1992)

The Self-Study Guide is designed to help archives examine how they are functioning and formulate development plans. By answering a series of simple questions about its organization, resources and services, a repository will be able to assess whether it meets the minimum standards desired by the Association for Manitoba Archives. To assist institutions that are deficient in some aspects, the Self-Study includes worksheets for recording improvement plans. The self-study is available for sale, please contact the AMA for further details.

Minimum Standards for Archives - A Self-Study

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