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February 3-9, 2019 is Declared as Archives Week!

February 3-9, 2019 is Declared as Archives Week! 
The 14th Annual event will once again bring Saskatchewan’s archives into the provincial spotlight as never before! These events by SCAA members may include Celebrity Reader nights, historic film nights, open houses and various types of individual and inter-institutional exhibits that will focus on the abundant sources of Saskatchewan’s history and heritage in archives and Celebrate Archives!

The SCAA is eager to help its institutional members in the effort to make Archives Week 2019 a memorable one. To achieve this, SCAA has again produced our popular postcards and bookmarks.

Recent posts

FOSA Update - January

From time-to-time we welcome the input from our friend the Interim Gopher, Bill Armstrong, of the Friends of Saskatchewan Archives (FoSA) in contributing stories and additional insights to "Outside the Box."

Salud! The gopher is so 2018, finally passing along some notes from the meeting of FOSA and PAS folks back in November. At that meeting Madeleine with the Archives reported that in the previous two months or so FOSA volunteers had processed a further 1900 items for the Photo Project. Impressive.

At that time Chief Archivist Linda McIntyre had no firm plans to share regarding Archives Week, but since that is little more than a month away now, hold that thought. She reported that about 180 folks showed up for the screening of the five videos created from archives holdings, covering Saskatchewan and the First World War. I've attached a photo of one of the displays. Needless to say - but I'll say it anyway - FOSA volunteers helped out a lot at the event.  
-- Bill A…

Prairies in the Yukon

Greetings everyone,

From November 26 - 30, I ventured north to Whitehorse, Yukon to present a 2-day workshop on basic digitization as well as participate in the Yukon Council of Archives (YCA) "Archival Summit."
I have been to the Yukon only once before for the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Conference in June of 2012, the picture on the left is the view out my hotel window back then and I have had alleys and parking-lots since, as in Edmonton this year, pictured on the right. ;-)

So, I was prepared for dark cold in late November and few chances at a great view, but the sun rose at about 9am and set around 3:30pm and did get to enjoy some spectacular views.  However, For someone who goes to work in the dark, works in a basement office and goes home in the dark any view is fantastic!

On my arrival, a little after midnight on Monday morning, I was greeted by another Saskatchewan transplant, Carey Isaak. Carey is up in Whitehorse for the year, as of this past fall, wo…

From the academic archive to the public library : some thoughts

So I've recently made the transition from archival assistant at the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections, to Special Collections Librarian at the Local History Room in the Saskatoon Public Library. The move has me re-thinking some of the relationships between archival and library materials. In the larger archive at the University, it was easier (though not always easy) to draw a line: this goes into our library special collections; that is archival. But in the more intimate and public-oriented space of the Local History Room, I am reminded that from the perspective of most researchers those distinctions mean very little. Information is information, and if it is the information you are looking for it doesn't really matter how it was organized or what format it takes.

From behind-the-scenes, these things do matter, of course, and the reason for that is access. Some materials are simply better dealt with one way and others another. If every page in an archi…

SCAA response to PAS amalgamation

In response to the on-going debate over the decision to amalgamate the offices and services of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, PAS, the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists, SCAA, board has drafted this statement. Please be advised that several members of the SCAA board identified as having a conflict-of-interest and were not involved in the drafting of this message. With the closure of the Saskatoon office of the PAS many are concerned about the continued preservation of documentary heritage in that part of the province, and the impact this change will have on heritage researchers and professionals province-wide.  We at the SCAA wish to reaffirm our commitment to the support of the archival community in Saskatchewan.  The SCAA has over 55 institutional members and countless individual-members across the province--including the PAS—and we will continue to do our utmost to work with those members to ensure that the culture and heritage of Saskatchewan will be maintain…

FOSA update Nov.13

From time-to-time we welcome the input from our friend the Interim Gopher, Bill Armstrong, of the Friends of Saskatchewan Archives (FoSA) in contributing stories and additional insights to "Outside the Box."

"Greetings, FOSA-ites. One of the ways the Friends assist the Provincial Archives is gathering information from photos held in the Archives' row of file cabinets at the Hillsdale location in Regina. This information is then entered into the database that accompanies the photo when it is digitized, giving viewers more information and context about the photo.

The gopher stumbled across an article about a project to digitize the mammoth collection of the New York Times, with help from google.
In place of Google, the Friends have stalwart volunteers, primarily Helen Morrison and Lynn McCaslin. At the recent From the Prairies to the Trenches event the…

Outside the Box: What is the SCAA “BLOG” anyway?

The SCAA Blog (or “web log” for etymology enthusiasts) “Outside the Box” was created in 2016 and focuses on short pieces of written content. Posts can be submitted for sharing on the Outside the Box blog by any individuals associated with Archives in Saskatchewan. Topics may include archival experience, theory, and practice, as well as provincial heritage and history.
In many fields, “Blogging” is one of the most popular ways of communicating and spreading information and news.There are literally millions of “blogs” on line. You can find links to some interesting archival blogs at the end of this post.
Archive “Bloggers” often write from a personal perspective and share ideas and experiences with other like-minded readers.It allows a way of interacting and connecting with individuals working in various Archives in Saskatchewan and the world.
To be a successful “Archive Blogger”, there is really just one requirement: a passion for Archives J
Why should I become an “Archive Blogger”… Bloggin…