Archivaria Awards 2010

Jennifer Meehan has been awarded the Hugh A. Taylor Prize for 2011 for her article “Rethinking Original Order and Personal Records,” Archivaria 70 (Fall 2010). The citation reads: In the last decade, scholars and practitioners have begun to turn their gaze to professional practices in archival arrangement and description, and once-sacred and immutable principles have come under closer (and long-overdue) scrutiny. Meehan provides a thoughtful insight into one of the most troublesome concepts in archival practice: respect for original order, and challenges us to reconsider its application to personal papers. Grounded in the literature, her very well-written article balances an innovative theoretical approach with real world examples. She presents new possibilities for revealing the rich context of personal papers through their arrangement based on conceptual or virtual orders exhibited by their creator(s). Raymond Frogner has been awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for 2011 for his article “Innocent Legal Fictions’: Archival Convention and the North Saanich Treaty of 1852” Archivaria 70 (Fall 2010) The citation reads: Frogner’s case study of British colonial land and treaty records and their impact on Canada’s first nations is well researched, well reasoned, and thought-provoking. Combining diplomatic analysis with a postmodern approach, Frogner probes the intersection of cultures, laws, and societies within one document and its multiple contexts. He brings a fresh perspective to an area of our documentary heritage that is very relevant but not well explored.