2024 Archivaria Awards


At the Association of Canadian Archivists 2024 Awards Ceremony, the following prizes were announced:

W. Kaye Lamb Prize

This year’s winner of the Lamb Prize is Heather MacNeil for her article in Archivaria 96, “Tacit Narratives in the Manuscript Collections of Matthew Parker and Robert Cotton.” Heather MacNeil is a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

Named for Dr. William Kaye Lamb, Dominion Archivist of Canada (1948-1969) and founding National Librarian of Canada (1953-1967), this prize, established in 1983, 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 citation reads:

This exceptionally well-written and thoroughly researched article demonstrates the importance of situating archival interventions as cultural practices that have a role to play in knowledge building. While showing how fruitful a thorough examination of the conditions behind the formation of past collections is for understanding and extending archival thinking, MacNeil gives charge to the future to refute any lingering sense that records are naturally impartial, encouraging archivists to consider the ongoing impact that they --  and their predecessors – have on the development and preservation of archival collections.


Hugh A. Taylor Prize

This year’s winner of the Taylor prize is Annaëlle Winand for her article in Archivaria 95, “What’s In Between? The Unarchived and Unarchivable Space of Found-Footage Cinema.” Annaëlle Winand is a postdoctoral fellow at the Département des sciences historiques de l’Université Laval (Québec). She holds a PhD from the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (Université de Montréal) and a master’s degree in history and archives from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), where she also worked as an archivist.

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.  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. This year that role was filled by Fiorella Foscarini, a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

The citation reads:

The article is an excellent discussion of the gaps and resonances between archives/the archive and the unarchived/unarchivable. The author provides original insights with a clear and methodical development of their argument, attending to the often slippery terms associated with archival practice and conceptualization, with nuance and care.

Congratulations to all the winners!