Welcome!

The Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA) represents the Saskatchewan archival community in the Canadian archival system, and is responsible for developing a cooperative and successful archival network in Saskatchewan, encouraging the establishment of  new archives in Saskatchewan, promoting and developing  standard archival policies and practices, and promoting public understanding and use of archives and historical resources in Saskatchewan. 

SCAA adheres to the definitions set forth in the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Constitutions and Bylaws when determining institutional membership.

The Council offers workshops and other educational programs and an Archival Advisory Service providing advice and assistance to archives; and maintains the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network, a network of information about archival holdings in Saskatchewan, including virtual exhibits, descriptions of archival collections, and a photo database.

WHAT'S NEW:


The SCAA Grants Committee invites institutional members to submit project proposals for the 2018-19 Institutional Grants Program (IGP). A limit of $5000 per project has been set.

Any project proposed would need to be started and completed between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. See the Funding Programs web-page under the "Members Section" tab.


Thank you to everyone who registered for the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) on "Handling Photo Material" to be held in Humboldt on September 19-20 We have now reached our maximum attendance of 20 people



Archival Records/Primary Sources

An archival record can be:

  • A textual document like a letter, a report or meeting minutes
  • A visual document like a photograph, map or architectural drawing
  • An audio document like a tape recording of music or oral history interview
  • A multimedia document like a home movie
  • A digital document like an email

The important thing to remember about any kind of archival record is that it is a primary
source
of historical information.

A primary source is a record created or collected by an individual, organization or institution to document a particular event, activity, idea or decision.

Some examples of primary sources include: letters and diaries; government, church, and business records; oral histories; photographs, motion pictures, and videos; maps and land records; and blueprints.

These archival records/primary sources provide unique opportunities for exploring and understanding history.
By examining the primary sources stored in any archives, one can begin to see why history attaches importance to specific dates, names and places. At the same time, you may find information related to these dates, names and places that you would not be able to find in any history textbook.