AMA Newsletter - December 2022

14 Dec 2022 8:07 PM | Digital Initiatives, AMA (Administrator)

A digital version of this newsletter can be found here.

Message from the Chair

Thank you everyone for your participation in the AGM and during the entire year.  The AMA is looking forward to working with our new board members and under the new by-laws approved at the AGM.  We are anticipating new opportunities and programming in the new year that will hopefully be of value to all members.  Best wishes for the holiday season.

- Andrew Morrison, Chair of the Association for Manitoba Archives

Call for New Board Member

The AMA has the following volunteer position open. Board positions are usually for a period of 2 years. Please note that we have Board meetings one time per month and the meetings are held over Zoom in the evening. If you are interested, or want more information, please email

Special Initiatives Member-at-Large: From article 5.3 of our by-laws? “Members-at-Large are welcome to attend all meetings, to participate in discussions, vote at meetings, and to help with the organization of Association events.” In particular, we are seeking a Member-at-Large to organize the Manitoba Day event. This can be a shared position.

Committee Reports

Digital Initiatives: Digital Initiatives provided technical support for the “Archiving the Records of the MMIWG Inquiry” webinar. The committee has also started examining ways to improve the accessibility of the AMA's webinars.

Education and Advisory Services: Plans are in the works to hold two workshops in 2023. One addresses the role of trauma in archival research, the second will explore the process of archiving digital media.

Finance and Grants: We are excited to report that we received eight applications for the MICEC Archival Internship grant. We will be reviewing the applications over the next month. The Archival Internship is intended to give an archival student relevant experience, under the supervision of an archivist, while using the opportunity to discover and process within a smaller, local archive that may not otherwise have the opportunity to fund such a position.

Indigenous Relations: We had solid attendance at the “Archiving the Records of the MMIWG Inquiry” on Dec 6 with panelists Dr. Karine Duhamel and Marta Dabros. If you are wanting to support Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, please take some time to review the 231 Calls for Justice that were developed through the Inquiry here

And if you are able, please give a donation to support Velma’s House, a 24/7 safe space, here

Information and Outreach: Stay tuned for news about an upcoming social event!

Membership Committee: No report this month.

Student Member-at-Large: The AMA welcomes Archival Studies JMP student Blake Mueller to this role.

Featured Member: The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF) has been expanding its archival holdings over the past several years. Thanks to funding from the Documentary Heritage Community Programs and Young Canada Works, WAF has been working on arranging, describing, and digitizing the holdings. The collection includes personal and business records of individual architects, designers, and firms and largely pertains to those who were born in Manitoba, taught at the University of Manitoba, or had professional practices in Winnipeg. These include: Arthur James Donahue*, Burton Stovel*, Charles Grant Marshall*, Claude de Forest*, Debby Lexier, Dennis Carter*, George A. Stewart, Green Blankstein Russell, Harlyn E. Thompson, the Manitoba Association of Architects*, Peter Tittenberger, Roy Izen*, Roy Sellors, and Stan Osaka*. (* denotes finalized collections with finding aids which can be found on MAIN here

Shop local this holiday season! The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation has a range of publications and merchandise for sale that celebrate Winnipeg’s architectural history. Pick up our latest publications, Max Blankstein: ArchitectOsborne Village: An Architectural Tour, and Ghost Signs: An Exchange District Walking Tour, or some of our unique merch like mugs and viewmasters. We also have items for kids, including the bilingual book The Golden Boy in the Case of the Missing Cube / Le Golden Boy enquête: qu’est-il arrivé au Cube? and two colouring books!

Shop online at or visit us in person at 266 McDermot Avenue, Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00.

News from our Members

Indigenous Afternoons at the Archives of Manitoba returns beginning January 2023! These bi-weekly afternoons assist researchers, students, and community members with family and community archival research. See the poster below for details or email or

A pdf of this poster can be found here.

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 

News for the newsletter?

Does your archive have a new grant or a new hire? Or do you have a collection you want to promote? Send your news to and we will include it in an upcoming newsletter.

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