Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Do you know that its National Archives Week in Canada?

Although it is National Archives Week in Canada, there some archives which celebrate it at other times during the year.

But one archives which celebrates it is the Grimsby Historical Society Archives in Grimbsy, Ontario.

This little archives has as its logo “We preserve Grimsby’s past for the future”.

Yet the little archives which is acting way beyond its weight, has inputted 525 entries onto www.OurOntario.ca, a huge province-wide database. They have also researched and added more than 1,500 pieces of information to the archives’ First World War file. And they have added more than 2,000 newspaper clippings to the collection, as well as scanning thousands of photos and documents for the collection. The database of obituaries – very important especially for family history researchers – now has 7,800 entries. And all of this work has been done by volunteers!

So if you are in the area, drop in and say ‘Hello’.

The website is at http://www.grimsbyhistoricalsociety.com/

What is Canada's largest non-governmental archives?

The Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta is Canada's largest non-governmental archival repository. It has extensive holdings of unpublished documents and photographs related to the history of Western Canada.

The website says that it “houses a wide-ranging collection of unpublished archival records (such as diaries, letters, minute books, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, membership lists, films, and sound recordings) for over 3,000 individuals, families, clubs, businesses, schools, and organizations in Calgary, southern Alberta and Western Canada.

The records, date from the 1860s to the 1990s, and the areas of specialty include First Nations (especially Blackfoot), Mounted Police, pioneer life, ranching and agriculture, the petroleum industry, politics (especially the farmers' movement), labour and unions, women, the arts (especially theatre), and businesses”.

To visit the Glenbow Museum, go to http://www.glenbow.org/collections/archives/highlights.cfm

The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/glenbowmuseum