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Archives Week 2014

February 2-8, 2014 

Archives Week is an annual event showcasing the role that archives and archivists play in preserving and making available Saskatchewan's documentary heritage. Activities in communities across the province include celebrity reading events, film nights, open houses, exhibits and more.

The SCAA wishes to thank its members all across the province in helping us celebrate Archives Week 2014 this past February 2-8.

Cake from Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery

With record attendance at many events and new venues greeted with great enthusiasm, the 9th annual Archives Week was a resounding success. Below are some links of publicity that was garnered during the week:

Archives week celebrates preservation of Saskatchewan's history

Keeping our rich past alive (Yorkton)

University of Regina highlights collection linked to 'Monuments Men'
http://cjme.com/story/university-regina-highlights-collection-linked-monuments-men/242436. Listen to U of R Archivist, Mark Vajcner, on CKOM/CJME Radio's John Gormley Live from Wednesday February 5, as he talks to John about the Theodore Heinrich, the Collection and how it came to Saskatchewan and the University of Regina Archives  http://ckom.com/.../john-gormley-live-what.../244597

The history of diversity in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw - Crowd-sourcing history at the archives

At the start of the week the SCAA had the great pleasure to release its 4 short films in the series of Lives & Letters, on our YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/ArchivesAdvisor, to the public. These short vignettes feature stories and images from archives in Saskatchewan.

Lives and Letters

Convicted of treason for his role in the 1885 Resistance, Louis Riel was sentenced to hang on 16 November 1885. Three weeks before his death Riel wrote his jailor, Robert Gordon. Winner of 2009 SMPIA Showcase Award (Light Information/Human Interest). Highlighting material from the collections of the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections.

Joseph Caldwell: A Curious Friendship

Pioneers came to Canada from disparate backgrounds – and with varying aptitudes for the life they discovered here. After a chance meeting on the train, the eccentric Captain Wrixon decides on a whim to join Joseph Caldwell and homestead near Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Highlighting material from the collections of the City of Yorkton Archives.

Edmund Oliver: A Chaplain’s War
First professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, Oliver served as a chaplain during World War I and for the final two years of the war was at a hospital behind the front lines in France. Married just five years, he left behind his wife, Rita, and their two small sons, to whom he wrote almost daily. Highlighting material from the collections of the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections.
Alice Rendell: A Prairie Fire
“For days past we have been anxiously watching seven huge prairie fires raging in the distance, fearing that a wind might bring heavy disaster to our homestead and town….” The Rendell family, early Barr Colonists in the Lloydminster area, fight to save their home. Highlighting material from the collections of the Lloydminster Regional Archives

We still have many Postcards and Bookmarks from this year available for all of our member institutions. In addition to the bookmark images below, see the postcard images from Melfort, Moose Jaw, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Archives and Yorkton, here: http://scaa.sk.ca/archivesweek2014.html

Calendar of Events for 2014

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The SCAA is planning two events to help promote the Saskatchewan Archival Community.

  • In Saskatoon we will be displaying, with other members of the Saskatoon Archival Community, in the Archives Pavilion at the Heritage Festival of Saskatoon, Western Development Museum on Sunday, February 2nd from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is FREE
  • In Regina we will be displaying, with other members of the Saskatchewan Heritage Community, in the trade show of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) conference on February 3rd and 4th.

Drop by to visit!


The Archives of the Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery is planning to celebrate Saskatchewan Archives Week in 2014 by assembling two special exhibits for this week.

  • One exhibit features images from a collection of 30 photographs that were housed in an album donated by family of a deceased Bronco hockey team board member.
  • The other exhibit will feature a selection of photographs taken by the Humboldt Journal from the 1980s.

The staff invites all residents to visit the museum and help identify the people and events in these photograph exhibits.

Everyone is invited to the Open House on Thursday, February 6 from 1:30 –
4:00 pm
with FREE refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to come down to the museum and learn more about their community archives. 

La Ronge

Northern Saskatchewan Archives is celebrating Archives Week with an Open House at Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System in Air Ronge, Tuesday 4 February, 2014, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Three special exhibits will be on display:

  • Indian Treaty No.10 Photo Album
    • Photos of a 1926 northern Treaty Party trip – from an album at the Saskatchewan Archives Board in Regina.
  • Construction of the Island Falls Dam
    • Photos of the massive 1950s hydro-electric station project near Sandy Bay – from the Robert Tanner Collection.
  •  Lost Northern archival photos found!
    • Someone at the Northerner newspaper 30 years ago made copies of some historic photos – they were recently re-discovered!

Archives tours, films, and free refreshments!
For more information call Graham Guest at (306)425-6646 or (306)425-4525.



The Lloydminster Regional Archives will celebrate Archives Week with a photographic display for the public to enjoy at the Lloydmister Airport terminal building.
With the rapid expansion of the oilfields of the area, Lloydminster has a great number of new arrivals, particularly in the past five years that are unfamiliar with the local history. 
With images of the Barr Colonists, Rev. Lloyd, early agricultural experiences, past sports teams, First Nations contacts, historic buildings, aerial views, etc. this is a way they are reaching out.

They will hold an opening reception on the morning of February 3rd.


The Melfort & District Museum plan to hold an Open House on Tuesday, February 4 from 2pm to 4pm. The Open House will feature a "Coffee and Conversation" session about the "History and Development of the Melfort Co-op," who are celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2014.

The Coffee and Conversation format is a familiar in the community, whereby coffee and refreshments are provided along with a topic to explore. The session is free of charge and open to the public. They ask several resource people to lead the discussion using historical records, archival documents and photographs, as well as artifacts.

They are currently researching and putting together items for a major display on the Co-op in conjunction with a documentary film being produced by the museum in partnership with Melfort Amateur Dramatics. This will be presented at a public celebration in June of 2014.

North Battleford

For the 6th year the City of North Battleford Historical Archives will be setting up their display and information booth at North Battleford's two community malls. This year they will be presenting “Way We Were”  a look at historical clothing, furniture, sports, entertainment and leisure activities.
They will be setting up their display and information booth at the Frontier Mall  on Thursday, February 6th from noon until 5 p.m. and the Co-op Mall on Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 am until 4:00 p.m. 

The City of North Battleford Historic Archives  collects historic papers, documents and photographs depicting the history of the city and is very dependent on its citizens for material.  Their Archives Week presentations give the Archives Committee members an opportunity to thank all who have already contributed and an opportunity to invite citizens of North Battleford to donate material to the Archives.   Most importantly, their presentation informs the public of the archives and the role in preserving historical documents and photographs.

They will also feature a short display on their community’s past 2013 Centennial year celebrations.


  • The Saskatchewan Archives Board, have made plans to celebrate Archives Week in Regina with the theme of "Looking back at the Grey Cup - 1951, 1966, 1989". 

Regina AW 2014 poster

On Wednesday, February 5th, 2013 from 7 -9pm, at Bushwakker Brew Pub (2206 Dewdney Ave. Regina) -  admission is FREE of charge however, food and beverages are available for purchase.  

  • Craig Lederhouse, the host of CBC's "Afternoon Edition" will M.C. the evening with readings by:
    • Jeff "Redbeard" Corbett - Regina Community Radio 91.3 CJTR personality
    • Al Ford - Former Roughrider player and executive (bio)
    • Barb Pacholik - Author and columnist (bio)
    • Tom Shepherd - Former Roughrider executive (bio)
    • Rob Vanstone - Sports coordinator and columnist for the Leader-Post (bio)

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Archives, have made plans to celebrate Archives Week in Regina with a contest for the over 11,000 staff members of RQHR, they will promote the archives of the RQHR and the Saskatchewan archival community overall to the public.


The Saskatoon Area Archives Group (SAAG), which includes the Saskatchewan Archives, Board, the Saskatoon Public Library's - Local History, the University of Saskatchewan Archives & Special Collections and the Saskatoon City Archives among others of the Saskatoon archival community, have planned for their "Reader" event for 2014.

  • Spotlight on the Past: Celebrity Readings from Archives in Saskatchewan at their new venue The Bassment (corner of 4th Ave. North and 23rd St. East) on Wednesday, February 5th starting at 7:30 PM.   Admission is FREE, with refreshments available for purchase.
  • Jeff O'Brien, City of Saskatoon Archivist, will M.C. the evening with readings by:

    • Dwayne Brenna - Actor, writer and professor (bio)
    • Amy Jo Ehman - Columnist and author, (bio)
    • Leisha Grebinski - The host of CBC's "Saskatoon Morning" (bio)
    • Skip Kutz - celebrated local musician (bio)
    • Vera Pezer - Past University of Saskatchewan Chancellor and noted for her contributions to the sport of curling in Canada. (bio) 
    • Jeff Rogstad - co-anchor of the CTV News at Noon and Saskatoon weatherman. (bio)

Presented by the Saskatoon Public Library and the Saskatchewan Archives Board in celebration of Archives Week 2014.

“Fridays at Two ”at the Frances Morrison Library Theater, Saskatoon, on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 2 pm

A 1919 Northern Saskatchewan Holiday

In August 1919, two young women from Saskatoon embarked on a wagon, canoe and train journey that took them along a large section of the historic “voyageur highway” from Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan to Le Pas, Manitoba. Bonnie Dahl from the Saskatchewan Archives Board will recount this “most interesting, most unusual, and most beautiful holiday” through readings from the diary and photographs of the trip which are stored in the collections of the Saskatchewan Archives Board.


The Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre in Shaunavon plan to celebrate Archives Week 2014 by unveiling the permanent installation of the Centennial Quilt created for Shaunavon's 100th Anniversary in 2013. 

The quilt was displayed for a brief time during their celebration weekend in July 2013, but will now have a permanent home in the museum.  The quilt features 36 photo transfers from their archival collection along with a variety of quilt block patterns created by local quilters.  They have also produced an accompanying booklet describing the quilt blocks and photos. 

An historic painting from their collection is also due to be returned from the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) where it has been undergoing restoration, and they hope that it can be unveiled at the same time.  This painting depicts a panorama view of Shaunavon's downtown circa 1914.  It is possible that the painting was based on photographs.  The week will show the connection between archives and art (quilting, painting, photography, film, etc).
The unveiling/s will occur on Wednesday, February 5 at 3pm Open House, followed by our Monthly Movie Night at the Museum at 7:30pm, featuring short films from the National Film Board archives related to the topic of Quilts. 

A "Senior's Coffee Chat" also takes place that week on Friday, February 7 where attendees will be able to view the newly installed pieces, and they will conduct a 'virtual' walking tour of historic buildings using a photo slide show.  They also hope to present part or all of our week long activities at the Nursing Home.


The Whitewood Tourism and Heritage Association is planning to celebrate Archives Week 2014 with a daily open house Monday through Friday, February 3-7, from 1pm to 4pm with coffee and snacks daily.

They have invited school students this year, plan to get them and their teachers interested in archives and for them to gather and contribute archival material from themselves and their families. This is a valuable resource that they wish to utilize more.


 The Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Archives and Museum plan to have an open house on Friday, February 7 from 7:30 until 9:00 pm, there will be free refreshments as folks view all the displays and to get an in depth tour of the Archives. 

This year the SCAA has created TWO legal sized poster blanks, that you can download and fill in with the details of your Archives Week event to help advertise.

Poster Blank Downloads:

-- "Humboldt High School Cadet Corp"                -- "1954 Grey Cup Parade"

Consider the Public Awareness Resources the SCAA offers, as you plan your Archives Week 2014 events, including an up-to-date AW 2014 Action Guide.

Archives Week Grant Program

We are pleased to report that a record amount of funds have been applied for and the Public Awareness Committee has reviewed all submissions!

Approved submissions and the funds will be distributed in the coming weeks.


What's New

SCAA Newsletter Outside the Box
The SCAA Newsletter "OUTSIDE the BOX"new issue!

Thanks to the efforts of Editor Stevie Horn, with the help of the SCAA Communications Committee and other contributors, the SCAA is pleased to announce the new issue of the SCAA Newsletter, that is available for download here

If you wish a printed version please feel free to contact scaa@sasktel.net

2016-17 Institutional Grant Program

The Grants Committee wishes to thank all who submitted to the Institutional Grant Program (IGP) with projects for the 2016-17 year. See the Institutional Grants webpage for additional information.