Temporary removal of embargo

In response to the public health crisis of COVID-19, we're pleased to announce that we'll be making the eight most recent issues of Archivaria freely available to all through this site and on Project MuseContent from the last four years will now be available free for all until June 30th 2020. As always, all other previous issues are available in the Back Issues section of this site for your reading pleasure during these challenging times!
Posted: 2020-03-23

2019 Dodds Prize Winner


I am pleased to announce that Renée Saucier has been awarded the Dodds Prize for 2019 for her paper "Medical Cartography in Ontario, 1880–1920: A Records Perspective." Renée Saucier graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2019, and her paper was submitted by Heather MacNeil. She is currently the Penny Rubinoff Fellow at the Ontario Jewish Archives.

Instituted in 2011, the Dodds Prize recognizes superior research and writing on an archival topic by a student enrolled in a Master's level archival studies program at a Canadian university. The award honours Gordon Dodds (1941–2010), first President of the ACA, and Archivaria's longest-serving general editor. Submissions received for the 2018–19 academic year were reviewed by adjudication committee members Amy Marshall Furness, Tom Nesmith, Rebecka Sheffield and Fiorella Foscarini. I thank the committee for their service.

Saucier's paper will be published in the Spring 2020 issue of Archivaria and the award will be formally presented at the ACA Conference in Vancouver.

The citation reads: In her well written and carefully researched article, Renée Saucier draws attention to a little known type of documentation in an understudied area of archival work, i.e., medical and cartographic records. Drawing on a rich body of primary and secondary sources to examine the relationships between cartography and public health surveillance, outbreak and disease mitigation response, citizen identity and control, Renée provides an excellent analysis of 19th and early 20th century’s disease maps as data management tools. The greatest strength of her article is its conceptualization of disease maps as a creation of socio-political circumstances reflective of state efforts at “governmentality.” This conceptualization takes our understanding of medical cartography in stimulating new directions and underlines the importance of researching the history of records and recordkeeping techniques.

Congratulations, Renée, on your excellent work.

Shyla Seller
Managing Editor, Archivaria

Posted: 2019-09-09 More...

2019 Archivaria Awards


At the Association of Canadian Archivists 2019 Awards Luncheon in Toronto, Jennifer Douglas, Archivaria General Editor announced the winners of the following prizes:

Christoph Becker was awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for his article, "Metaphors We Work By: Reframing Digital Objects, Significant Properties, and the Design of Digital Preservation Systems," which appears in Archivaria 85 (Spring 2018)

  • Named for Dr. William Kaye Lamb, Dominion Archivist of Canada from 1948-1969 and founding National Librarian of Canada, this prize is awarded annually to honour the author of the Archivaria article that, by its exceptional combination of research, reflection, and writing, most advances archival thinking in Canada. It is the senior award of the journal for the best article overall. The winner of the Lamb Prize is selected by General Editor, with the assistance of the members of the Archivaria Editorial Board.
  • Drawing from a rich philosophical literature on the nature and uses of metaphor, Becker challenges archivists to unpack the central metaphor at the heart of current approaches to digital preservation: the digital object. The article expertly develops an argument for the place of algorithms and computational thinking, information systems architecture, systems thinking and systems design, and requirements analysis as key elements in the archivist’s education and practise. Becker argues that the curatorial archival perspective must be linked to specialized knowledge associated with computing to equip archivists to design contemporary archival information systems. The article is a valuable contribution to a contemporary discussion of critical importance.

Antonina Lewis was awarded the Hugh Taylor Prize for her article, "Omelettes in the Stack: Archival Fragility and the Aforeafter," which appears in Archivaria 86 (Fall 2018)

  • The Hugh A. Taylor Prize was established in 2006 to honour the doyen of Canadian archival thinkers whose wide range of scholarly publications sparked the Canadian archival imagination. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the Archivaria article that presents new ideas or refreshing syntheses in the most imaginative way, especially by exploring the implications of concepts or trends from other disciplines for archival thinking and activity, and by extending the boundaries of archival theory in new directions. The winner of the Taylor prize is chosen by the General Editor and a professor of Archival Studies (selected by the General Editor), who decide the winner by consensus. 
  • Lewis uses a vast array of linguistic inventions to uncover the ambiguity and limitations of Western “archival industry.” This evocatively written article introduces two new concepts to the archival lexicon - the aforeafter and archival fragility – that force readers to critically reflect on archival praxis and have potential to cause true paradigm shift within the archival profession. Here is a tale of all time and no time in the “aforeafter,” a tale that challenges our deepest held biases as archivists and institutions to confront and lays bare (and ultimately, reconciles) the traumas we perpetuate, both consciously and unconsciously. Drawing on a range of resources, from academic writing to fiction and myth, and employing storytelling alongside theory, Lewis creates space to think about archival concepts and systems in a new way.


Posted: 2019-07-04 More...
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