Month: March 2014

Basic Archives – An Introduction to Archival Practice

Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives Workshop


April 7-11, 2014     9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Suite 201, 15 Hallett Crescent, St. John’s, NL

This five-day workshop is intended to introduce participants to basic archival skills through in-class exercises and “hands-on” demonstrations. Sessions are taught by professional archivists from the provincial archival community.  Parking is available behind the building.

Registration fee: $150 (includes 1-year individual membership)


 Day One:

 Morning session: Introduction to Archival Principles: Mary Ellen Wright (Professional Development and  Outreach Officer, ANLA) Definition of archival terms, introduction to archival administration; ethics and archives

Lunch: 12 noon — 1 p.m.

Afternoon session: Introduction to Preservation Issues for Archives: Paula French (Private conservator)

Measures to prevent damage and deterioration, preservation planning, disaster & emergency awareness, security, condition reports, reference regulations.


 Day Two

Meet at 9 a.m. for a tour of  the archives facilities at The Rooms

Appraisal and Selection (all day): Helen Miller (City of St. John’s Archives)

Principles governing the selection of archival materials, acquisition strategies and programs, collection mandates, deaccessioning, documentation.

Lunch: 1–2 p.m.


 Day Three 

Meet at 9 a.m for a tour of City of St. John’s Archives  (3rd Floor, 495 Water Street)

Morning session: Accessioning: Mary Ellen Wright (PDO, ANLA)

Lunch 1 – 2 p.m.

Afternoon session: Arrangement: Elizabeth Fewer (Archives Technician, Provincial Archives) Provenance, respect des fonds, original order, imposing order, creating levels of order, linking arrangement and description.


 Day Four

Meet at 9 a.m. for a tour of the Maritime History Archives  (Henrietta Harvey (Math) Building, MUN)

All day:  Description:   Mary Ellen Wright (PDO, ANLA) Descriptive elements, introduction to RAD (Rules for Archival Description).  RAD is the recognized Canadian standard for archival description.

Lunch: 1–2 p.m.


Day Five

Morning session: Access and reference: Mary Ellen Wright (PDO, ANLA)

Lunch: 1–2 p.m.

Afternoon session: Q and A with a panel of archivists from various institutions.

  • Stephanie Harlick, Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archives, MUN
  • Greg Walsh, Director, The Rooms Provincial Archives Division
  • Heather Wareham, Maritime History Archive