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  • 21 Sep 2022 4:34 PM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    A digital version of this newsletter can be found here.

    Message from the Chair

    The AMA hopes that everyone had a good summer! As autumn arrives and we return to our usual routines, we also have new opportunities to engage with our colleagues, including our Annual General Meeting and the Heritage Summit presented by the eight Provincial Heritage Agencies.

    -Andrew Morrison, Chair of the Association for Manitoba Archives

    Save the Date! – Annual General Meeting – November 10

    Our AGM will be held Thursday, November 10, 2022. Further details will be arriving in your email inbox.

    Committee Reports

    Digital Initiatives: Digital Initiatives has cleaned up several duplicate authorities in MAIN. We also updated the subject access point “Slaves” to be “Enslaved Persons” to reflect the Library of Congress change in subject headings.

    Education and Advisory Services: The education committee continues to work on plans for a workshop on archiving emails and a series on addressing trauma in archival contexts. As well, there is interest from among the region’s museums for a workshop on developing their own archives.

    Finance and Grants: Did you know that the funding for the AMA Thesis of Distinction Award comes from our endowment fund with the University of Manitoba? We have been awarding this prize since 1994. For more information, see our website at https://mbarchives.ca/thesisaward

    Indigenous Relations: We are planning a panel discussion on MMIWG2S and Archives.

    Information and Outreach: The three committee members are maintaining the AMA's social media accounts, as well as actively fielding Advisory Services enquiries.

    Membership Committee: Psssst! Have a second to help a Membership Committee member out? Fill in our quick survey and contribute to improving the renewal process.

    Survey

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: We are looking for volunteers to help with the Manitoba Day Awards! If you are interested, or want more information, please email ama1@mts.net

    Student Member-at-Large: We welcome Krystal Paine as Student Member-at-Large. Krystal is a recent graduate of the Joint Master’s Program in History in the Archival Studies stream. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba and working as a Research Associate with Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre (University of Winnipeg). Krystal would welcome a co-rep to volunteer alongside her – please email ama1@mts.net if you are interested in this opportunity.

    Photo of the Month

    September’s photo comes from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives. Thanks to archivist Gayle DeGagne for the submission.


    This photo was taken in 1951 during the Winnipeg Ballet’s “Royal Command” performance attended by Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The young girl facing them is Janie Adams. It was photographed by David Portigal and is originally from the Winnipeg Free Press collection of the Western Canada Pictorial Index https://images.uwinnipeg.ca/action.cfm?imageNumber=41657

    Sheila Killough, one of the young dancers in 1951, wrote a charming account of the Princess’s visit:

    "We are sorry now that we gave you such a serious ballet. How we wished you could have stayed for the next number. It was a comedy and lots of fun. We feel sorry, too, that you did not have any young friends in the Royal Box. We had a party after the performance, and we wished that you could have come. You could have hung up your tiara with ours and pinned a white gardenia in your hair and danced and danced with Philip the whole evening."

    (Excerpt from The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: The First Forty Years by Max Wyman, Doubleday & Company, 1978).

    The company received Royal designation on January 31, 1953 and was the first ballet company in the Commonwealth to receive this honour.

    For more information about the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives, please visit https://www.rwb.org/who-we-are/alumni/alumni-association/. The Sheila Killough fonds are listed in MAIN: https://main.lib.umanitoba.ca/sheila-killough-fonds

    If you would like to feature a photo from your archives, please submit a photograph along with a sentence or two describing the records, to webmaster@mbarchives.ca.  We love to showcase the collections from our member institutions!

    Special Announcements

    Job postings

    The AMA is happy to circulate job postings to our membership. Please note that we will only circulate postings that include specific salary information (e.g., pay per hour, salary per year, or salary range). You can send your postings to ama1@mts.net

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees.  Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact 


  • 27 Jul 2022 9:03 AM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    A digital version of this newsletter can be found here.

    Committee Reports

    Digital Initiatives: The Committee is revamping our registration procedures and plans to implement them in the fall.

    Education: The Education committee is making plans to hold a workshop on addressing trauma in relation to archival records. Once the workshop content has been finalized, a date will be announced. As well, interest in the archiving of emails is increasing and there are several organizations who are instituting protocols. Once their experience is known, the Education Committee plans to host a workshop on the topic.

    Advisory Services: The AMA is currently planning to hire someone to manage Advisory Services. In the meantime, if anyone needs assistance on archival protocol, plans, or questions, they should contact advocacy@mbarchives.ca and arrangements will be made to have someone contact them.

    Finance and Grants: Our funding request through the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage has been approved for $28,400 and the initial $25,560 has been deposited. This grant with our donations and membership fees this month leave the total incoming funds at 25,675 for June 2022. The total accounts currently equal $136,326.00.

    Indigenous Relations: The 5th Annual Signing Ceremony for the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord was held at Oodena Circle, The Forks on June 28. We encourage you to learn more about the Indigenous Accord and consider joining as a partner. The AMA is entering our 3rd year of partnership in the Indigenous Accord. For more info, please visit: https://winnipeg.ca/indigenous/wia/

    Information and Outreach: The Information and Outreach Committee is maintaining social media accounts, as well as providing interim advisory services. Please send any questions you may have to advocacy@mbarchives.ca.

    Membership Committee: Membership has completed a survey of other provincial archives associations to review fee structure, member benefits and member categories.  The Committee is working towards a proposed revision for the AMA membership structure for the 2022 AGM.

    Student Member-at-Large: Students interested in volunteering with the AMA can send an email to ama1@mts.net or reach out to us on our social media.


    Special Announcements

    Digitization at the Morris & District Museum

    The following comes from Lou Erickson of the Morris & District Museum

    Last summer, our Morris and District Centennial Museum was fortunate to have the help of Al Thorleifson and staff from Pembina Manitou Archive (PMA) in getting a number of our treasured archival items online for public access. These included several family histories of Morris pioneer families, our “oral history” project interviews from several years ago, some aging scrapbooks of newspaper clippings compiled by older community members, and our recently researched material relating to the sites on our Morris Heritage WalkingTrails.   Al also did an in-depth study into the background of one of our museum’s most unique and valuable artefacts— an original oil painting of a Blackfoot chief, “Running Wolf, bequeathed to us by Edmund Morris— and wrote it up for us in a monograph which is also now online.  In addition, our town’s most dedicated historian, Tim Lewis, gave us free access to all his research into Morris pioneer history, including a detailed catalogue of the earliest “Scratching River” families, businesses, clubs, etc., as well as an index of our Morris cemetery, and a map of the original “river lots” identifying who owned them at that time, and all these have also been put online.  Finally, we were able to get copies of our earliest Morris newspaper, called the MORRIS HERALD, from the years 1903-1955, digitised and put online at PMA. We are so delighted to have all this now available for everyone to see, and we hope to continue the process with more of our artefacts going forward.

    If you would like to be featured in the AMA newsletter, please contact the AMA!

    1000 Residential School Photographs Found in Rome

    Raymond Frogner, Head of Archives at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), has discovered about 1000 black and white residential school photographs after being given exclusive access to the Oblate General Archives in Rome.  The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, commonly known as the Oblates, were heavily involved in the administration of Catholic residential schools where several documented cases of abuse took place.  While managing these schools, the Oblates sent records back to their headquarters in Rome.  These photographs are examples of such records and will help shed more light on this chapter of Canadian history.

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a Committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact


  • 24 Jun 2022 1:16 PM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    A digital version of this newsletter can be found here.

    Message from the Chair

    Summer is here and the AMA is continuing its work.  Representatives of the eight Provincial Heritage Agencies had the opportunity to meet with Andrew Smith, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage. The agencies were able to express their concerns about provincial funding for the future and the agencies’ abilities to provide services to the community. The discussion was productive and we hope that we will be able to provide updates in the near future.

    -Andrew Morrison, Chair of the Association for Manitoba Archives

    Committee Reports

    Digital Initiatives: The Committee is looking to revamp the event registration process on the website. Stay tuned for updates!

    Education and Advisory Services: We are currently restructuring Advisory Services. If you need assistance from Advisory Services, please email us at ama1@mts.net

    Finance and Grants: During the month of May we received $381.00 in donations to the Association for Manitoba Archives. We also collected $2631.46 in membership fees over the month. Expenses included Manitoba Day Awards catering and certificates for approximately $660.00. In total through our accounts, we currently have $111,148.83, including our savings.

    Indigenous Relations: June is Indigenous History Month. Check out the updated Resource list on our website https://mbarchives.ca/indigenous_resource_list

    Information and Outreach: The committee members are maintaining the AMA's social media accounts, as well as assisting with Advisory Services enquiries.

    Membership Committee: We are working on a number of small projects with the goal of simplifying membership application, renewal, and accreditation with the goal to ultimately grow membership and better serve our members. We are reviewing current application forms and processes in order to streamline the process and upgrade to online forms. We plan to make these forms also be printable for those members who prefer to pay by cheque. We have undertaken a comprehensive review of the accreditation process to determine how we will proceed. This review will help us decide if we will continue with the accreditation program and what it will look like going forward. We will be analyzing the current process through the lens of accessibility, effectiveness, and practical application. Stay tuned for further information. We are also reviewing lists of current and past members to guide membership growth.

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: The AMA wants to extend our appreciation and best wishes to Brian Hubner who is stepping down from his position as Special Initiatives Member-at-Large. We are especially grateful for all the hours he donated to encourage Manitoba Day Award nominations, standardize processes, work with other judges, and keep track of details too numerous to mention.

    We will be looking for Brian’s replacement on the Board in the fall. If you are interested, please contact Andrew Morrison or Terry Reilly through the ama1@mts.net email address.

    Student Member-at-Large: Students interested in volunteering with the AMA can send an email to ama1@mts.net or reach out to us on our social media.

    Special Announcements

    News from our members

    Pembina Manitou Archive: This summer, the Pembina Manitou Archive will continue its partnership with the Boundary Trail Heritage Region.  The project emphasis will be on identifying archival collections within local museums, reviewing their preservation status, and encouraging the museum owners of these collections to ensure their public access. For more information about the Pembina Manitou Archive, visit https://pembinamanitouarchive.ca/

    Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project launches website

    On 21 June 2022, Indigenous Peoples Day, the Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project (MITHP) launched their website https://indigenoustbhistory.ca 

    Website features:

    • Histories of TB sanatoriums and Indian hospitals in Manitoba
    • A searchable database of historical photos of Indigenous patients and staff in Manitoba TB hospitals
    • Digitized and searchable historical publications of the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba
    • The Missing Patients Initiative Online Research Guide: An online guide to support families of patients doing their own research to locate missing patients and burial sites
    • Publications, videos and podcasts by the MITHP team members, and a curated bibliography of books, articles, documentaries, podcasts, and government reports about Indigenous TB history in Canada
    • Updates on project research and upcoming events

    Photo of the Month

    June’s photo comes from the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

    A photograph of a crowd of people gathered at Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg to watch Kathie McIntosh attempt to swim across the lake. After swimming for 16 hours and 42 minutes, Kathie was the first person to swim Lake Winnipeg. This black-and-white photograph was taken August 15, 1955 and is part of the Winnipeg Tribune Personalities Collection at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

    If you would like to feature a photo from your archives, please submit a photograph along with a sentence or two describing the records, to webmaster@mbarchives.ca.  We would love to showcase the collections from local institutions!

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact 



  • 26 May 2022 7:51 AM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    Committee Reports

    A printable version of this document can be found here.

    Digital Initiatives: The Committee assisted with the registration for AMA events this month as well as doing some back-end work on the website.

    Education and Advisory Services: The Education Committee is planning a workshop on archiving emails. This workshop will be based on the first year of experiences shared by several archivists who are currently working on the process of archiving emails. A second workshop will discuss trauma related to archival research and the role of the archivist in addressing it. Look for registration information in the early autumn.

    Finance and Grants: The AMA has received the yearly audit report in draft form. The revenue totaled $44,376 during the 2021 financial year. A surplus of nearly $20,000 is remaining from the 2021 financial year.

    Indigenous Relations: The Introduction to the MMIWG2S Report and Calls for Justice with Dr. Karine Duhamel was held May 19. For more information on the report and calls, see https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/

    Information and Outreach: This Committee assisted with the Manitoba Day Awards as well as streamed City Council meetings on April 20 and 28 discussing archives.

    Membership Committee: The Committee is reviewing accreditation and investigating ways to improve the process.

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: The 2022 Manitoba Day Awards was a success!  Unlike previous years, it was a hybrid model with both online and in-person participants.

    Student Member-at-Large: Students interested in volunteering with the AMA can send an email to ama1@mts.net or reach out to us on our social media.

    Special Announcements

    Manitoba Day Awards

    The AMA would like to announce the winners of 2022 Manitoba Day Awards! 

    • Popular Publication: Gordon McDiarmid.  We Were Builders from Scotland.
    • Scholarly Publication (Two Winners): Chantal Fiola. Returning to Ceremony | Loewen Royden. Mennonite Farmers.
    • Exhibition/Project: Riva Symko. The Alloways' Gift | Rosalie Favell's Family Legacy.

    The AMA would like to thank all nominees and nominators for the participation in the ceremony.  Special accolades to Chris Kotecki for his contributions as a nominator throughout the awards’ history. The AMA would also like to thank the organizing committee for their work in making the event happen both in-person and virtually.

    AMA Photo of the Month

    If interested in participating, please submit a photograph along with a sentence or two describing the records, to webmaster@mbarchives.ca.  We would love to showcase the collections from local institutions!

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a Committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact

    Calla Grabish and the Distinguished Service Award

    The AMA would like to announce that Calla Grabish, recently retired archivist from the Martin H. Ainley Archives Centre of St. John's-Ravenscourt School, has been honoured by the SJR Board of Governors with a Distinguished Service Award for her leadership and exceptional service to the school.  Congratulations Calla!

     

  • 23 Apr 2022 10:56 AM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    The University of Manitoba has a long and storied history in this province.  In the following blog post, Shelley Sweeney, Archivist Emerita from the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, highlights the work of volunteers to shed light on this institutions history.

    Volunteers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections work on projects that interest them that augment the regular work done by staff. This latest project by Wayne Chan, a research computer analyst with the Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba, explores the forgotten places and spaces at the University using the new web version of Google Earth. Through this platform people are brought to three different campuses: the Fort Garry campus, the Bannatyne medical campus, and the old Broadway campus.

    Visitors to the site can fly between campuses and hop between various locations, or they can use the table of contents to jump to a particular place, or they can click on a pin to find out what used to be in the space before. On the right-hand side of the screen, people can read a brief description of what was there, accompanied by archival photos and short videos. The majority of these archival materials were obtained from the University of Manitoba Archives, augmented by a few photos from publications or other institutions. Wayne deliberately chose quirky or interesting places to highlight, and further enhanced his choices with unusual facts that will surprise many visitors to the site.

    Thus, visitors to the site can discover that the University of Manitoba used to be the place for an ice-making plant, where men would cut blocks of ice from the Red River to use for people’s home refrigeration. There was a provincial experimental fur farm on the Fort Garry campus, and the University had to provide its own water before being hooked up to the city system. Students used to swim in the Red River, practice shooting rifles, or play broomball on an outdoor rink. In later years, when tired, students could borrow a pillow and blanket to sleep in the University Centre Nap Rooms! In the early part of the last century the Dean of Medicine used a horse-drawn sleigh to make his way around in winter. The tour provides a fascinating glimpse of both the University and broader society in general through these historical vignettes.

    This format is ideally suited for the pandemic and for people who are interested in the University without wanting to deal with the trek out to the campuses or the confusion of making their way around the labyrinthine spaces once they get there. The tour allows people to sample the histories as they have time without having to commit to a lengthy visit. This type of interface brings archival material to new audiences and importantly, drives people to the Archives’ website. Other archives may find this format useful. I have it on Wayne’s word that the format is very easy to master through the various online tutorials.

    To visit the virtual tour, or to learn about other parts of the University’s history, go to https://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/c.php?g=501019&p=3430707. And if you have knowledge of other lost places on one of the University of Manitoba campuses, let the Archives know at archives@umanitoba.ca!


  • 21 Apr 2022 12:11 PM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    Committee Reports

    A printable version of this document can be found here.

    Digital Initiatives: The Committee hosted the annual MAIN (Manitoba Archival Information Network) training session on March 25. The participants learned how to create and edit data within MAIN and also received a brief overview of archival description.

    Education and Advisory Services: The Education Committee is planning a workshop on archiving emails. This workshop will be based on the first year of experiences shared by several archivists who are currently working on the process of archiving emails. A second workshop will discuss trauma related to archival research and the role of the archivist in addressing it. Look for registration information in the early autumn.

    Finance and Grants: The AMA has received the yearly audit report in draft form. The revenue totaled $44,376 during the 2021 financial year. A surplus of nearly $20,000 is remaining from the 2021 financial year.

    Indigenous Relations: Dr. Karine Duhamel will present an introductory webinar on the MMIWG inquiry, final report, and Calls for Justice. Thursday, May 19, 7-8 pm. Registration will be available on our website soon.

    Information and Outreach: The City of Winnipeg Archives Renovation Project is on the agenda for the Winnipeg City Council Meeting, Thursday 28 April. You can watch it streamed live on YouTube from a link on this page: https://winnipeg.ca/clerks/council/meetings.stm/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D156433384  

    Earlier this month, Information and Outreach submitted a letter in support of the initiative to the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage, and Downtown Development: https://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/ViewDoc.asp?DocId=21722&SectionId=641741&InitUrl=

    Membership Committee: Reminder to renew your membership for April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023. Visit https://mbarchives.ca/Membership to renew online.

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: The Manitoba Day awards ceremony will be a hybrid event (online and in-person) held on Thursday May 12th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the Cross Common Room at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, with light refreshments being served. The judges are currently evaluating the 10 nominations, and this should be completed by April 25th. Stay tuned for registration info.

    Student Member-at-Large: Students interested in volunteering with the AMA can send an email to ama1@mts.net or reach out to us on our social media.

    Special Announcements

    AMA Photo of the Month

    The City of Winnipeg Archives submitted the AMA’s April photo of the month.


    Aerial of a Royal Canadian Air Force bomber that crashed into the St. James area of Winnipeg on February 17, 1957. Miraculously, there were no fatalities or serious injuries. Photo taken by David Portigal and Co. and used in consultation with the family. Part of the City of Winnipeg Archives Photograph collection (P52 Item 126).

    To participate in Photo of the Month, please submit a photograph along with a caption, to webmaster@mbarchives.ca.  We would love to showcase the collections from local institutions!

    Reconciliation and Heritage webinar

    The National Trust for Canada / Fiducie nationale du Canada webinar with Miranda Jimmy is available for viewing on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlOlpqvHycU

    Miranda Jimmy is the incoming Manager for Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion at the National Trust for Canada. She is a member of Thunderchild First Nation.

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a Committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact

    AMA Heritage Trust Fund (Endowment Fund)

    The Association for Manitoba Archives Fund, supported by Endow Manitoba and administered by The Winnipeg Foundation, will provide the AMA with a reliable, meaningful source of operating income today and in future years as we continue to build capital through ongoing contributions. The AMA is grateful for the financial contributions made by The Winnipeg Foundation, the province of Manitoba, and from individual AMA members to date. To learn more about this fund and the opportunity to donate to it, please follow this link:  https://www.mycharitytools.com/gift/wpgfdn/donate?fund=894   


  • 24 Mar 2022 8:01 AM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    Message from the Chair

    A printable version of this document can be found here.

    With Spring around the corner and public health restrictions being lifted, the following months will present new opportunities and challenges.  Institutions and individuals will be faced with new decisions to make.  The AMA looks forward to working with you during this process.

    -Andrew Morrison, Chair of the Association for Manitoba Archives

    Committee Reports

    Digital Initiatives: The Committee is working to maintain the website, blog, and to provide training on MAIN.  

    Education and Advisory Services: The Committee is looking for more members to help organize and promote AMA educational services.  Please contact the AMA for more details.

    Finance and Grants: The Association raised 299.30 in membership fees during February 2022. Our year-to-date income totaling 45,145.10 (including grants) and expenses are 23,919.86 showing a surplus of 21,225,86 between April 2021 and February 2022. Our current assets in cash and equivalents in at 133,922.38. As a change in process our bookkeeping is now being handled by a third party.

    Indigenous Relations: The committee is continuing to plan an online event that examines the MMIWG2S Calls to Justice. We are also planning an online event about the “Reconciliation Framework: The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce”: https://archives2026.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/reconciliationframeworkreport_en.pdf

    Information and Outreach: The Committee is looking to expand on its social media initiatives.  Also, the Committee is looking into the uses of culturally outdated terminology in archival descriptions.

    Membership Committee: The Committee is reviewing accreditation and investigating ways to improve the process.

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: The Committee would like to thank all applicants for the Manitoba Day Award.  More details to come regarding the ceremony!

    Student Member-at-Large: The Committee is working towards rebuilding the ACA Student Council.

    Special Announcements

    AMA Photo of the Month

    The AMA has launched a new initiative to promote the diverse and rich archival heritage in Manitoba by asking the community to submit a photograph from their collection to be featured in the AMA’s next newsletter.  If interested, please submit a photograph along with a sentence or two describing the records, to webmaster@mbarchives.ca.  We would love to showcase the collections from local institutions!

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a Committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact

    AMA Heritage Trust Fund (Endowment Fund)

    The Association for Manitoba Archives Fund, supported by Endow Manitoba and administered by The Winnipeg Foundation, will provide the AMA with a reliable, meaningful source of operating income today and in future years as we continue to build capital through ongoing contributions. The AMA is grateful for the financial contributions made by The Winnipeg Foundation, the province of Manitoba, and from individual AMA members to date. To learn more about this fund and the opportunity to donate to it, please follow this link:  https://www.mycharitytools.com/gift/wpgfdn/donate?fund=894   


  • 23 Feb 2022 3:34 PM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    A printable version of this document can be found here.

    Message from the Chair

    I am pleased to announce two new board members to the AMA, Katrín Níelsdóttir and Corser du Pont.  We continue to hold productive and informative board meetings and will continue to aim for responsive and productive services for the community.  I hope that everyone is keeping warm!

    -Andrew Morrison, Chair of the Association for Manitoba Archives

    Committee Reports

    Digital Initiatives: The Committee is working to maintain the website, blog, and to provide training on MAIN.  Planning is also underway for the annual MAIN training session.  More details to come!

    Education and Advisory Services: The Committee is promoting several professional development opportunities as well as planning additional workshops and discussing the future role of Advisory Services.

    Finance and Grants: The AMA would like to welcome Katrín Níelsdóttir, who recently began her position as Chair of the Finance and Grants Committee!  Katrín is the Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian at the University of Manitoba.

    Indigenous Relations: The committee is continuing to plan an online discussion that examines the MMIWG2S Calls to Justice. Our collaborators for this discussion, to date, are 1JustCity, SEED Winnipeg, Polonia Inclusive, and Winnipeg Police Cause Harm. Note that we have a new email address: indigenousrelations@mbarchives.ca

    Information and Outreach: The AMA would also like to welcome Corser du Pont as the new Chair of the Information and Outreach Committee!  Corser is currently the Acting University Archivist & Digital Curator at the University of Winnipeg.

    Membership Committee: The Committee is reviewing accreditation and investigating the possibility of including multi-year memberships as well as early registration prizes.  More details to come!

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: Brian Hubner and Terry Reilly have created the nomination forms for the 2022 Manitoba Day Awards.  The deadline for submission is March 14, 2022 and the form can be downloaded from this webpage: https://mbarchives.ca/mbdayaward.

    Student Member-at-Large: The Committee is working towards rebuilding the ACA Student Council.

    Special Announcements

    AMA Land Acknowledgement and David Suzuki Foundation Videos

    The AMA is working on creating a meaningful land acknowledgment for our organization. At our AMA board meetings, we are discussing the videos of the David Suzuki Foundation’s three-part series on the Land Back Movement as a way to deepen our understanding of our colonial history and our colonial present. We encourage you to view the Land Back videos at https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/what-is-land-back/

    AMA By-Law Revisions

    The AMA Board held a special meeting on January 27 to discuss the by-law revisions.  The Board is working to ensure that the by-laws reflect the current needs of the AMA and Manitoba’s archival community.  Stay tuned for future updates.

    AMA Photo of the Month

    The AMA has launched a new initiative to promote the diverse and rich archival heritage in Manitoba by asking the community to submit a photograph from their collection to be featured in the AMA’s next newsletter.  If interested, please submit a photograph along with a sentence or two describing the records, to webmaster@mbarchives.ca.  We would love to showcase the collections from local institutions!

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a Committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact

     

  • 31 Jan 2022 3:54 PM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    Manitoba has a variety of museums and archives housing diverse collections.  In this blog post Katie Lynch wrote the following describing her time working at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

    The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada has recently taken ownership of their newly built museum located on Wellington Avenue. The museum is set to open to the public in early 2022, and a lot of prep work is taking place now. While the museum was being constructed, the archives were put into temporary storage in Magellan Aerospace and have recently been moved into the museums off-site storage. Currently, inventory is being conducted by archival studies student, Katie Lynch.

    Most recently, inventory of the Randolph Fields fonds has been completed. This fonds garnered much attention from the volunteer restoration team at the museum.

    Randolph Fields was born in 1927 and worked as a mechanic for Canadian Pacific Air from 1940 until 1962. During his career Fields took many photographs of bush planes used throughout Manitoba and documented his travels and work with Canadian Pacific Air. Photos of the CF-AWR Bellanca Air cruiser came to aid museum’s aircraft restoration team in the restoration of the aircraft which will be on display at the museum.

    CF-AWR was used in the 1930s by Eldorado Gold Mines Ltd., to fly radium from Northern Canada 4,000 miles away to the refinery in Port Hope, Ontario by the Mackenzie Air Service. Only 23 Bellanca air cruisers were ever built, CF-AWR being one of them. The Bellanca was selected by Eldorado Gold Mines because it could land on both water and ice with either wheels or pontoons and could therefore be used all year. It also had an air-cooled engine, and could carry 4,000 lbs at a speed of up to 155 mph. The Bellanca can be easily identified the iconic shape of its wings in a “W” appearance, created by triangular struts from the bottom of the fuselage up to a point outboard on the main wing.

    The plane crashed many times, and the Fields fonds has a few photos of the crashes and subsequent repairs. One such photo shows the CF-AWR with its nose under the ice on Windermere Lake on Christmas Day, 1939. Another photo from January 24, 1947, shows the CF-AWR crashed in the bush after it force landed 4 miles northeast of Upturnedroot Lake, Ontario.  Several photos show CF-AWR parked in a hangar for repairs in Edmonton. The CF-AWR’s last crash was in 1947 when it ran out of fuel while carrying uranium concentrate in Northern Ontario but was so severely damaged it was abandoned. The wreck was retrieved by the museum in 1973 with the help of a helicopter from the Canadian Forces.

    The restoration team has worked to repair CF-AWR, but missing pieces of the landing gear have troubled the team in deciding how to most accurately restore the aircraft. No other resources existed for the restoration of the inner workings of the landing gear but the photos from the Randolph Fields fonds solved the teams’ problem. They used the photos of the landing gear to create blueprints, sent them out for production of the landing gear from an outsourced aircraft engineering company, and will soon be put on the aircraft.

    CF-AWR is now in the museum and can be viewed by the public soon.

    The CF-AWR with its nose under the ice on Windermere Lake on Christmas Day, 1939.

    The CF-AWR with its nose under the ice on Windermere Lake on Christmas Day, 1939.

    The CF-AWR crashed in the bush after it force landed 4 miles northeast of Upturnedroot Lake, Ontario. January 24, 1947

    The CF-AWR in for repairs in Edmonton. This was the photo used to make the blueprints. Note the landing gear is exposed.

    The CF-AWR during operations. Note the landing gear.


  • 27 Jan 2022 7:46 AM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

    A printable version of this document can be found here.

    Message from the Chair

    Like most of the world, the AMA and it's members are continuing to face many challenges this January.  However, I am pleased to say that the AMA is beginning this year in a strong position.  This year the board plans on refreshing many of the organization's programs and procedures and I am excited to announce these changes in the coming months.  I also look forward to engaging with the AMA's continued response to the Truth and Reconciliation process.  Finally, I would like to thank the current and former board members who have helped me take on this position.

    Andrew Morrison, Chair of the Association for Manitoba Archives

    Committee Reports

    Digital Initiatives: This committee is working to maintain the website, blog, and to provide training on MAIN.  If your organization would like advice on how to use MAIN or would like to submit a blog post, please contact the committee at webmaster@mbarchives.ca. 

    Education and Advisory Services: Members of this committee wrote a blog post about their experience organizing the “Records Management for the Rest of Us” workshop.  You can read more about it here: http://mbarchives.ca/Blog/12203525.  The Committee is planning additional workshops and discussions about the future role of Advisory Services are continuing.

    Finance and Grants: This committee needs a Chair and new members. Maureen Dolyniuk is stepping down as Finance chair in January 2022 and the AMA is grateful for her thoughtful work.

    Indigenous Relations: The committee is planning an online discussion in March that examines the MMIWG2S Calls to Justice.  All are welcome to join. Please stay tuned for further information.

    Information and Outreach: The committee hosted a successful online Trivia Night on Thursday, January 20th.  Thank you to everyone who joined and contributed! The City of Winnipeg Archives advocacy sub-committee will be meeting with Mayor Bowman on January 25th. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! On Sundays, we post resources specifically about reconciliation.

    Membership Committee: This committee will be reviewing accreditation and accreditation procedures.

    Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: Brian Hubner and Terry Reilly are preparing for the annual Manitoba Day Awards. Look for the nomination form in early 2022. The event will be held in May.

    Special Announcements

    David Suzuki Foundation Videos and AMA Land Acknowledgement

    The AMA is working on creating a meaningful land acknowledgment for our organization. At the January 13th AMA board meeting, we reviewed the first video of the David Suzuki Foundation’s three-part series on the Land Back Movement.  The Board discussed the implications of the video’s message for our understanding of Canada’s history, for our shared future, and also for how we operate archival institutions.  The Board will continue to review the other videos in the series. We encourage you to view the Land Back videos at https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/what-is-land-back/

    AMA By-Law Revisions

    The AMA is drafting new and updated by-laws that the Board will present to the membership at the next annual general meeting.  Please stay tuned!

    Call for Volunteers

    We are always looking for members to join our committees. Volunteering with the AMA is an excellent way to network with archivists, build skills, and shape the future of archives in Manitoba. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, or a Committee chair, at one of the email addresses listed on this page https://mbarchives.ca/contact

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