Archives Week

Archives Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of February.
Saskatchewan's first Archives Week was celebrated in 2006.
Events featured during past Archives Weeks have included phone-ins shows on Radio; celebrity reading events, open houses and evenings of films in archives across Saskatchewan or of archival value to the province, a screening of the 1973 Saskatchewan-made film Paperback Hero was an example.

The "Archives Pavilion" at the Saskatoon Heritage Festival has been a regular feature in Saskatoon an Regina hold annual events, but other communities including Craik, Cut Knife, Humboldt, LaRonge, Lloydminster, Melfort, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, St. Isidore de Bellevue, Shaunavon, Swift Current, Wilcox and many more across the province all hold events to "Celebrate Archives".

As part of the celebration, the SCAA grants institutional members, who succeed in their application, funds to support these events and ask them to send a "letter of thanks" example.pdf to our funder

Archives Week will continue to be an annual event, celebrated during the first full week of February starting on the Sunday.

  • February 5-11, 2023

  • February 4-10, 2024

Archives Week 2022 Videos Day 1

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Archives Week 2022 Events

SCAA's 17th annual Archives Week has been declared for the week of February 6-12. 2022!

Our members will once again bring Saskatchewan’s archives into the provincial spotlight.

SCAA has put together a Google map of events around the province and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

Map of AW22 Events

Proclamation from Government of Saskatchewan

Biggar

Biggar Museum & Gallery at 105 3rd Ave. W. is hosting an “Opening Night” event on February 11th at 5 pm. The committee members of the Biggar Town Revitalization Project is invited to an exclusive viewing of a video showcasing glass slides of advertisements for local businesses that once were on Main Street. Guests will arrive at 5 pm for refreshments and a presentation about the history of the slides and then, depending on numbers there will be several viewings provided of the 10-minute video. Afterwards, we hope for discussions to be created over the slides and their history and how it connects to the work being done by the Town Revitalization Project.

Craik

Craik Oral History are planning an Open House highlighting local weavers and quilters that are prominent in their community. The central theme is based on a quilt previously made to highlight Craik’s historic events and celebrations.  

The Open House will take place on Friday February 11, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. Demonstrations, displays and door prizes will be presented. Self-contained refreshments will be served. All Covid19 safety precautions will be followed.

Humboldt

The Archives of Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery will be hosting an open house event on Thursday, February 10th from 1:30-4:00 pm and an exhibit that will be on display for the duration of Saskatchewan Archives Week. The exhibit theme will be “Fun at the Fair” and will include photos, posters and documents of fairs held in Humboldt over the years. Visitors will be able to view the photos and documents on display; and will be encouraged to help identify people, places and events on copies of the photos provided. They will also be encouraged to share their stories relating to the photos, documents and this year’s theme.

Indian Head

Lloydminster

Melfort

Melfort & District Museum are celebrating Black History Month in February 2022. They are partnering with the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum in Regina to produce a Virtual Exhibit of Dr. Alfred Shadd which will be online on Feb.1st. They will feature this virtual exhibit to an in-person audience in Melfort at the Kerry Vickar Centre on February 9th from 2-4 pm. Their  intention is to organize this in collaboration with members of their black community who are very interested in raising public awareness of the history and present-day role of black Canadians and black immigrants to Canada. The program will also feature stories by some of the black immigrants and more of the story of Dr. Shadd.

The event will be free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Covid regulations will be adhered to, masks are mandatory and proof of vaccination/ID  is required.

North Battleford

The City of North Battleford Historic Archives are excited to host their 14th annual presentation for Archives Week. Due to Covid-19 they will be setting up a self-directed display tour at the Battlefords and District Co-operatives Territorial Place Mall in North Battleford on Thursday, February 10th to Saturday, February 12th.
This is a continuation of the decades of growth from previous years pertaining to the development of North Battleford. This display will include approximately 25 large visual boards featuring a collection of photographs and textual records focusing on the 1940’s and local life during the Second World War.

Shaunavon

The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre in Shaunavon will be holding an Archives Week Gallery Exhibition, the theme of which will be “The History of Shaunavon’s Schools”.
The exhibition will include a selection of Shaunavon school photographs from their archives,  and will be available during Archives Week from Feb.6th to 12th. The exhibition display will also include school yearbooks, graduation photographs, a slide show of archival images, school workbooks, and other school-related items from our archives. The Exhibition will be open to the public during regular Gallery opening hours and a special seniors Coffee Chat event would be held in conjunction with the exhibition. The slide show would also be made available to be viewed at our local seniors’ living complexes.
The public will be reminded to comply with all COVID-19 public health orders including wearing masks and maintaining a safe social distance.
 


 

St. Isidore de Bellevue

Archives de Bellevue Celebrates Archives Week  Feb 6-12, 2022

Archives de Bellevue célèbre la Semaine des Archives

Tea and Treasures: 40 Years of Senior “Moments”

Thé-Nouveauté : 40 ans d’Âge d’Or à Bellevue

A display will be open to the public at the Centre Culturel in Bellevue from February 7 to the end of February. One day of tours and display viewing will be held Feb 9, 2022.

The display will include archives such as photos, documents, and musical and interview recordings. Tea and goodies will be handed out to participants. The event will follow current Provincial Public Health orders as well as the venue regulations.


Archives Week 2022 Trading Cards

Why Archives Week?

One thing we have learned is that the memories of Saskatchewan's many achievements are well documented by its archival record. Historical texts, photographs, films, audio recordings and other archival material have been key resources in the telling of our story. Books such as Saskatchewan: A New History and the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, as well as numerous documentary films, newspaper articles and television advertisements could not have been produced without this province's archival institutions.

But few of the people reading those books or watching those documentaries ever stop to consider the historical records that went into making them, or the work that is done to ensure that those records are acquired, preserved and made available. Saskatchewan has over 50 established archival institutions. Saskatchewan's archivists have preserved millions of photographic images, gigabytes of electronic records and thousands of hours of audio recordings and moving images. They have also been at the forefront of technology-enhanced access to those records. Saskatchewan leads the country in producing the greatest number of "virtual exhibits," many of which have K-12 educational components. These provide instant access to key photographs and valuable documents.

Saskatchewan archivists argued for and helped to develop Archives Canada - a national database of archival information. Provincially, we have developed the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN), an on-line database of textual records as well as being the first province to initiate an on-line provincial photograph database. 

In honour of our province's heritage and the work that has gone into ensuring its preservation, and to promote the role of archives in society, we celebrate "Archives Week" in Saskatchewan, on the first full week of February, this helps kick off Heritage month and coincides with the birthday of Edmund H. Oliver, who was the first professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, and arguably the father of archives in this province (see biography).

Archives Week fosters our identity and pride in our past with displays and special events. It elevates the role of our province's archival institutions as keepers of authentic evidence of our past, keeping archives on our map!

Archives Week: Edmund Oliver

Edmund Oliver's Role in Establishing Archives in Saskatchewan 

Although the first mention made of archives was by the territorial government in 1897, no comprehensive collection of records was then pursued. John Hawkes, first legislative librarian, began collecting material in 1907 but did so rather haphazardly, without a discernable sense of selection or appraisal (he referred to collecting "a whole drayload of matter.") The concept of archives was thought about most seriously following the hiring of Edmund Oliver as the University's first professor of history in 1909. Before he arrived Oliver wrote to University president Walter Murray advising him of entreaties he had already made in terms of acquisitions, saying "I have found that students must do laboratory work in history as well as in physics and we must secure the equipment necessary as soon as practicable." Within two years of his arrival Oliver had met and discussed the opportunity of establishing primary research resources with Hawkes, Premier Scott, and Arthur Doughty, the Dominion Archivist; in these initiatives he had the active support of Walter Murray. While Oliver was traveling throughout the province collecting materials from families, his correspondence to Murray indicated his appreciation of the need for appraisal within a collection, and he also foreshadowed our current understanding of archives as vehicles not only of heritage but of accountability and critical analysis. He wrote Murray: "As I understand my work...it should produce not trained historians, but capable and intelligent citizens. As soon as we secure adequate equipment [his 'laboratory for history'], I have hopes that our students may be able to contribute something to the intelligent discussion of public questions. In part this will be a new field even for myself but I am convinced that in this direction lies a great opportunity."

Oliver's conversations with Murray resulted in a letter from Murray to Scott in 1911, suggesting "a commission to go into the question of the preservation of historical documents, or rather for the collection of provincial archives," further suggesting the commission be "a purely advisory body" consisting of the Premier and another member of government, two members of the legislature, a professor of history from the University, the President of the University, and the provincial librarian - altogether remarkably similar to the eventual provincial archives Board established three decades later. Also in that letter, it is clear that Murray and Oliver envisioned an archives collection of both government and private papers. Moreover, both Oliver and Murray, recognizing the value such a collection would have for their students, were concerned not only with future interest in such documents, but in their immediate access and use.

Professor A.S. Morton, often mentioned in regard to the development of the provincial archives, was hired in 1914 - instantly becoming the sole member of the history department, as Oliver (and Frank Underhill) had both joined up for war service. There would have been no reason for Morton, new to the country, the province and the University, not simply to have accepted the philosophy of proactive acquisition as part of his, and the history department's, mandate. This doesn't diminish Morton's role in vigorously pursuing the establishment of the Historic Records Office and, essentially, the provincial archives. Nevertheless, there is good evidence that Oliver truly initiated, and effectively began, a coherent provincial archival collection. Oliver appears to have had and understanding of the role of acquisition, appraisal, access, and accountability in archival work, and he understood that archives serve to document our past as well as inform our citizens. His birthday, 8 February (1882), is therefore a good date to start "Archives Week" in Saskatchewan.