Youth Heritage Forum 2015

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Office is holding their first Youth Heritage Forum. This event will bring together passionate young people, ages 18-35, from our community who have a strong interest in the field of heritage.

HFNL wants to hear what you have to say!

Heritage organizations and community groups in the Avalon Region are invited to nominate 1-2 youth representatives to attend.

If you are a youth passionate about heritage and would like to become involved please contact Alanna Wicks at 1-888-739-1892 [Ext 5] or email to

Participants must per-register by February 21, 2015.

Friday November 21, Archives and the Arts: a symposium

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents our fifth annual


Archives and the Arts

Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:30 a.m. -4:15 p.m.

Location: Foran/Greene Room, St. John’s City Hall, New Gower St., St. John’s

Registration: $25, including lunch    Parking Permits available

Archives and their contents are sources of inspiration and information for artists in our community and beyond. Meet some of the people who are delving into this important provincial resource.

Keynote speaker:  Newfoundland and Labrador author Kevin Major

Other presenters include:

Photographer Mannie Bucheit

Artist John McDonald

Potter Laura Higenell

Dancer and archivist Colleen Quigley

Musician and archivist Greg Walsh

Author Gary Collins

Author and folklorist  Dale Jarvis

And more….

To register, contact the ANLA office:

Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives

P.O. Box 23155, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J9

Telephone: (709) 726-2867; e-mail:

New ANLA short conservation guide available for viewing!

Danny Doyle, a Masters Student in Art Conservation explains the caring, handling and storage of archival scrapbooks for ANLA. See the video on our website on the Training and Development page!

This video was produced and directed for ANLA by MUN Communications student Nabila Qureshi as part of her coursework, with ANLA’s summer student Robyn Hannaford as technical assistant. Script development and narration were provided by Rooms summer intern Danny Doyle, a Masters Student in Art Conservation at Queens University in Kingston. Thanks again to them for all their hard work, and to Presentation Congregation Archives for providing the venue.

November 21, 2014: Save the date!

In celebration of Archives Week, the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents its 5th annual one- day symposium on November 21, 2014 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at the Foran/Greene Room, 4th Floor, St. John’s City Hall.

This year’s topic is “Archives and the Arts”. Stay tuned for a list of speakers.

November 20, 2014: Simple disaster plans for small institutions, an ANLA Workshop

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents  a one-day workshop on

Simple disaster plans for small institutions

Date: November 20, 2014 (9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Location: ANLA office, Suite 201, 15 Hallett Crescent, St. John’s. Parking is available behind the building.

This workshop will teach you the basic principles of disaster planning and management  for heritage institutions and provide you with a customizable checklist for coping with that phone call in the middle of the night.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Avoiding disasters: detect, avoid, block, respond, recover
  • Disaster management policies
  • Stages of  a disaster plan: plan, assess, respond, recover
  • Creating your contact list

Registration deadline: Participants must register for this course by November 14, 2014.

Fees:    $75 for ANLA members       $100 for non-members

Some financial assistance for transportation costs is available for members: please contact the ANLA office for more information.


Saturday, October 18, 2014: 100 Years of the International Grenfell Association, A Symposium at the Rooms

100 Years of the International Grenfell Association

 and the Delivery of Healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador: A Symposium

 The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St John’s,

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9am to 5pm


The impact of British physician-missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865-1940) was widely recognised during the first half of the twentieth century. Grenfell’s lifework in Newfoundland and Labrador began in the early 1890s with the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. By 1914 the International Grenfell Association (IGA) was formed to focus on his work in this region. This one-day symposium will explore the historical significance of Grenfell, the IGA, and the delivery of healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador over the last century and address issues concerning the present and the future.  Funds are provided by a Canadian Institutes for Health Research grant in the history of medicine to the Memorial University organizers of the symposium.  All are welcome, with refreshment breaks provided.




Session 1–Introduction+ Welcome

Chair, Jennifer Connor


Session 2–(60 mins)

Chair, Terry Bishop-Stirling

 Jeff Webb: “Newfoundland in the age of Grenfell”

Jim Connor: “Primary medical care and health in Newfoundland during the Grenfell era: Were they that bad?”




Session 3– (65 mins)

Chair, Jennifer Connor

Katherine Side: E. Mary Schwall: Traveller, Grenfell Mission volunteer and amateur photographer”

 Anne Budgell: “Opera, lunch, and tea: New York high society and the Grenfell Mission”

Heidi Coombs-Thorne: “‘Heroines’: Nursing with the Grenfell Mission, 1939-1981”


Session 4–(60 mins)

Chair, Jim Connor

Ronald Numbers: “The gospel of right living:  Wilfred Grenfell’s collaboration with John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek.”




Session 5– (75 mins)

Chair, Maria Mathews

Jennifer Connor: “Two British physicians and their ‘flits’ on the Grenfell mission in Newfoundland before 1930”

Larry Dohey and Jessie Chisholm: “It is called ‘GRENFELLITIS’:  Archivists look at the Grenfell Collection and its artistic and historical significance”

Monica Kidd: “‘If we can make a cure of him’: Lyrical Grenfell in the St. Anthony casebooks, 1906”




Session 6– (50 mins)

 Chair, Monica Kidd

Bill Bavington: “Reflections on the IGA in a time of transition–1974-1982”

Maria Mathews: “Back to the future – Primary care reform in rural Newfoundland and Labrador”


Session 7–Concluding Remarks— (30 mins)

Chair, Jim Connor

Robert Simms

Edward Roberts



The organizers wish to acknowledge the support of  the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Grant HOM 98740; The Rooms, Provincial Archives Division, for supplying symposium meeting spaces; and The International Grenfell  Association for endorsing this symposium.

Electronic records management for small heritage organizations

When: June 18-19, 2014

Where: ANLA office, Suite 201, 15 Hallett Crescent, St. John’s

Instructor:  George French

Too many emails in your inbox? Too many drafts of reports and applications floating around?  Can’t remember the name of that important document you saved last week? This 2-day workshop will help your organization to deal with these problems  by introducing  participants to the basics of electronic records management.

•         What is records management and how does electronic records management fit in?

•         Why do electronic records need to be managed?

•         Who should be in charge of the job?

•         When do you make decisions about electronic records management?

•         Where should your records be kept and managed?

•         How do you manage electronic records?

The workshop is aimed at any group whose members  create and use electronic records and communication, either amongst themselves or externally.

Registration fee: $100 for ANLA members

$125 for non-members

Some financial assistance for transportation costs is available for members: please contact the ANLA office for more information. Note: . This is a good way to get your transportation costs covered for ANLA’s AGM, which will be taking place on the day after the workshop!

George  French is the Archivist and Manager of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives where he has held the position of archivist for the past eleven years. He is also the President of RI Solutions Inc., a records and information management consulting firm, and has been the consulting Records Manger for the City of Corner Brook for the past 6 years. He has studied Records and Information Management through the University of Toronto and other certified professional development programs. He is currently a Director on the Board of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, the Board of the Grenfell Campus Archives, Grenfell Campus, MUN and is a former Board member of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives will be holding the 2014 AGM at the Rooms on June 20th from 9-4. As part of the proceedings, there will be elections for Executive positions. Please consider standing for this rewarding volunteer role! You may register your nomination by completing the following form and sending it to the ANLA office.  nominations form 2014

The AGM is also an excellent time to renew your membership! Membership_Form

AGENDA for Friday June 20, 2014

9:00 a.m.           Meet and Greet

9:30 a.m.           Welcome to the 2014 AGM: Jenny Seeman

Welcoming Remarks from the Provincial Archivist: Greg Walsh

Introduction of Current Executive: Jenny Seeman

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of Minutes of 2013 AGM

Business arising from the Minutes

President’s Report: Jenny Seeman

Treasurer’s Report: Helen Miller

Committee Reports:

Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee: Jenny Seeman

Education: Theresa Walsh

IT: Jenny Seeman

Social: Nicole Penney

Outreach: Bert Riggs

PDO Report: Mary Ellen Wright

Award Presentation

10:45 a.m.           BREAK

11:15 a.m.           Nominations of the Executive

11:30 a.m.           Archives Around the Province: Presentations/Updates

Other Business

12:30 p.m.           LUNCH

1:30-4:00              Join us as we get creative with a workshop to make our very own pillow top!

What are pillow tops?

Pillow tops are woven with wool on wooden frames and were traditionally crafted by Newfoundland lumber camp workers to be gifted to their wives, girlfriends or mothers. They are sewn onto pillows, used as throws, pot holders or place mats. While there are different methods of making these pillow tops, it always begins with a handmade square wooden frame. Today, ANLA’s own Nicole Penney is one of a handful of people carrying on this tradition and providing detailed instructions through this hands on workshop.

At the end of the afternoon, participants will walk away with their very own pillow top and the knowledge and skills to make more. All materials and tools are provided, but if you want to bring your own yarn, that’s fine too!

To cover the cost of the luncheon and the pillow top workshop, there will be a $25 fee. Please contact the ANLA Office at 726-2867, or email and register so that we know how many people to expect!

There is no charge to attend the business portion of the AGM.

Two workshops in Trinity

Workshop 1

Joining ARC-ANLA: Adding your archival holdings to the provincial database

When: May 29, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Lester-Garland House, Trinity

Instructor: Mary Ellen Wright, ANLA’s Professional Development and Outreach Officer

This workshop will explore what’s involved in making your archival descriptions available on ANLA’s recently-launched ARC-ANLA on-line database of descriptions. ARC-ANLA is ANLA’s Archival Records Catalogue (ARC), a portal to descriptions of archival records across Newfoundland and Labrador.

The workshop will include:

•       An introductory/refresher course on Rules for Archival Description (RAD), the Canadian archival descriptive standard

•       Hands-on training in how to add archival descriptions to ARC-ANLA

Workshop participants will also learn how to edit their institution’s entry in the associated directory of provincial archival institutions.

Fees:    $25 (Institutions must be ANLA members in order to add descriptions to the database.)

Registration deadline: Participants must register for this course by  May 26, 2014

Workshop 2 

Policies and procedures – What are they and why do you need them?

When: May 30, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Lester-Garland House, Trinity

Instructor: Mary Ellen Wright, ANLA’s Professional Development and Outreach Officer

Many small institutions get into trouble because decisions about donations, loans, hiring and so on are made on an ad hoc basis. Well-established policies and procedures allow your institution to survive staff changes, funding cuts, board disagreements, disasters and even legal challenges. This workshop will help your institution to evaluate its policies and procedures, if you have them, and to create policies and procedures for your institution if you don’t have them. Topics to be covered include acquisition, appraisal, accessioning, archival arrangement and description, access and preservation.

Fees:    $50 (Institutions must be ANLA members in order to add descriptions to the database.)

Registration deadline: Participants must register for this course by May 26, 2014


Some financial assistance for transportation costs for these workshops is available for members: please contact the ANLA office for more information.

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