ANLA is holding a strategic planning session to help us determine directions for our organization’s future over the next five years. The session will take place on Saturday June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John’s.

Our previous experience with strategic plans has shown us that a strategic plan is a very effective means of ensuring that our organization stays focussed on its mandate and on the needs and objectives of its members. The last strategic plan, which covered the years between 2011 and 2015, was a great support to our organization, especially in the face of shifting funding opportunities. The object of this session is to consult members about the basics of a strategic plan for 2016-2020.

Some travel and accommodation support is available to ANLA members from outside St. John’s who wish to attend the session. Accommodation will be provided for the nights of June 16 and 17, which could also enable participants to attend ANLA’s AGM. Contact the ANLA office for further details.

Register for this event by contacting the ANLA office. Registration deadline is June 12, 2017.

If you are not able to attend this session but would still like to have input in the strategic planning process we would welcome your written submissions.

Please see your e-mail for a copy of the 2011-2015 strategic plan.

Plan to attend and be involved in shaping ANLA’s future activities!

AGM & Luncheon


June 16, 2017

The Annual General Meeting and Luncheon for the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives will be held at The Lantern, Barnes Road, St. John’s, commencing at 9:00 a.m. Payment of membership fees for 2017-2018 welcomed. (We ask that you fill out a membership renewal form.)

Parking: Please not that parking at The Lantern is limited.  Attending members are encouraged to car pool or use public transport.


What’s on the schedule:


8:30 – 9 a.m.   Coffee

9:30 a.m.  Welcome to the 2017 AGM: Emily Gushue

Introduction of Current Executive

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM

Business arising from the Minutes


  • President’s Report: Emily Gushue
  • Treasurer’s Report: Kayla Burry

Committee Reports:

  • Education: Nicole Penney
  • IT: Aimee Chaulk
  • Outreach: Emily Gushue

PDO Report: Mary Ellen Wright

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


Luncheon:  12:30 pm – 2 p.m. Cost to members: $15.00   RSVP required – please contact the ANLA office by June 12 if you wish to attend the luncheon. Please mention any dietary restrictions.

Menu: Soup, sandwiches and dessert

Coming Soon: Our 6th Annual Symposium!

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents our sixth


Elsie Holloway: Documenting a Photographer’s Life

Friday, November 18, 2016, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

Location: The Rooms Theatre, Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s

Registration: Free (does not include admission to Rooms exhibits)

Parking Permits available

Elsie Holloway was Newfoundland and Labrador’s first female commercial photographer. Join us as we explore the many aspects of her life – artist, businesswoman, daughter and student – using the resources of our archival community.

Presenters include:

Archivist Sandra Ronayne

Photographer Mannie Bucheit

Librarian and researcher Suzanne Sexty

Geographer Jo Shawyer

Librarian and bibliographer Elizabeth Browne

Writer Jenny Higgins,

Photographer Edith Cuerrier

Folklorist Cynthia Boyd


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:


The Future of RAD: a forum for the archival community of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Canadian Committee on Archival Description (CCAD) of the Canadian Council of Archives has been contracted by Library and Archives Canada to develop a plan to update and revise the Rules for Archival Description (RAD). A national meeting of experts will be held during the winter of 2016 to discuss the path this revision should take. Before this meeting is held, provincial and territorial councils have been invited to host their own regional meetings to discuss their ideas about the future of RAD.

A backgrounder with key questions will be provided by CCAD to direct the discussions and provide feedback that will be shared during the national meeting. Background readings and other information will be available in advance to help participants prepare and contribute to the regional discussion.

ANLA will be facilitating a regional meeting about the future of RAD on November 20, 2015. The meeting will be hosted by The Rooms Provincial Archives Division and will take place in The Rooms Theatre. Participants can join us in person or via a distance communication technology (type to be determined).

Please RSVP to this invitation by November 10, letting us know whether you will be joining us in person or via distance technology.

For further information contact the ANLA office.

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.