The SCAA promotes Saskatchewan's documentary heritage through leadership, support and education of archives and archivists.
1. Refine governance systems
2. Improve programs and services
3. Expand human and financial resources
4. Enhance communication with members
5. Increase awareness of value and use of archives
Current SCAA projects
As part of the SCAA's mission to promote the use of Archives, we have maintained the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN), with the help of the University of Saskatchewan. SAIN initially was established in 2000 and has gone through many transformations since. It is a network of information about archival holdings in Saskatchewan and currently consists of two databases, one containing descriptions of archival collections and the other descriptions and digital scans of photographs in our members' collections.
One of the most significant transformations was the deployment of the software platform "Access to Memory" or AtoM. This piece of software is open-source, developed by Artefactual Systems in British Columbia, and has been implemented by most provinces and territories including Archives Canada at the national level. AtoM allows our members to directly enter their descriptions into the database, without the help of additional staff. The AtoM software also has the ability to handle all the differing levels of in archival description making SAIN a powerful research tool.
This ability has made it possible to merge SCAA's two databases into one and as of late 2019 SCAA, in partnership with the U of S and Artefactual, have undertaken the process of merging the two databases of SAIN into one. This project is expected to be completed in the first few months of 2020. This will allow the public to conduct research and searches of the full content of both databases at once, including the ability to search within different photograph collections
Please watch this website for further news on this project.
With project progressing and SCAA working on final edits of the newly merged SAIN. We are looking to sometime in late March to launch the site. With many of the other provincial databases having a unique name: British Columbia, https://www.memorybc.ca/; Alberta, https://albertaonrecord.ca/; Manitoba, https://main.lib.umanitoba.ca/; Ontario, https://www.archeion.ca/; New Brunswick, https://search.canbarchives.ca/; Nova Scotia, https://memoryns.ca/; Prince Edward Island, http://www.archives.pe.ca/atom/; Newfoundland, https://arc.anla.nf.ca/.
And finally, of course, Library and Archives of Canada, https://archivescanada.accesstomemory.ca/
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.
With the new SAIN Merger project progressing, SCAA will be taking suggestions regarding a new name for the merged database.
- Annual General Meetings (AGM)
- Archives Week
- By-laws and Plans
- Directory of Archives in Saskatchewan
- Grants and Funding
- Institutions Virtual Exhibits
- Member login
- Blog - Outside the Box
- Public Awareness Resources
- SAIN Photograph Database
- SAIN Collections Database
- SCAA Virtual Exhibits
- Saskatchewan Heritage Fairs
- YouTube videos - Lives and Letters
- YouTube videos - The Truth is in There