Archivist feature: Christopher Kshyk

Christopher Kshyk is currently completing his Master Degree in Archival Studies at the University of Manitoba. A trained historian, he also holds a BA (Honours) Degree in History from the University of Winnipeg and an MA in History from York University. Currently, Christopher is working as an intern at the Archives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, where he has helped create exhibitions commemorating the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Prior to working at NATO, Christopher worked at the Archives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, where he assisted in digitizing the Agency’s photograph collection and was involved in a project to create a Digital Asset Management System. He has also worked as an archival assistant at the Archives of the United Church of Canada in Winnipeg. Christopher’s thesis focuses on intergovernmental archives, specifically the challenges of balancing security, national interests, and the right to access the corporate records of international organizations.

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Archivist feature: Seon Min

Seon Young (Sara) Min is a graduate student in the Master of Archival Studies Program and works as a Digital Curation Assistant at the University of Manitoba Libraries. Sara has worked at the Banff Museum and Archives of the Canadian Rockies and the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections as an Archival Assistant. Her research is on the emotional affect of photographic records, focusing on family photographs and albums. Sara’s research examines how records affect record creators, archivists, and archive users to provide a humanist approach to archival theories and practices.Seon Min

ACA UM Chapter goes skating


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-20 temperatures are practically toasty here in Winnipeg so what better way to celebrate the warm temps than to hit the river trail! We decided to explore the Red River portion hoping the wind wouldn’t be too bad…and it wasn’t! Along the way we checked out some of the neat warming huts. We made it about 3/4 of the way down the trail before deciding to head back to the Forks to find some beverages and hot food. It was well needed – see Andrew’s face.

All in all, it was a great time, thanks to everyone who was able to make it out!



1st Year Feature: Laura Elsie Garinger

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Laura Elsie Garinger was born and raised in Flin Flon, MB, in Treaty 5 territory. While working on her Honours History degree at the University of Winnipeg, she was introduced to many different student groups, including the Canadian Federation of Students, where she served as the Manitoba component’s Women’s Commissioner for two years, as well as with the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association, where she served as the Vice-President Student Affairs and President. Although she has experience working in a library, a gallery, and a museum (thanks, Young Canada Works!), she decided to apply to the Archival Studies program at the University of Manitoba to stay connected to historical study while also providing an important public service. Laura Elsie is focusing her thesis on the place of scientific data in the archives, particularly botanical specimens. Her hobbies include knitting, gardening (confined to the indoors), social justice activism, and making pies. 

Welcome to the program Laura!

Welcome back!

Busses are packed. Campus is buzzing. Classes are back in session. Hope everyone is having a nice first week of the semester. I’ll be sending out an email tomorrow to our exec to set up a meeting so we can discuss plans for January to April. Keep an eye out for events and workshops in the near future!


1st year feature – Kristine Lehew

Hey, it isn’t always easy to meet the 1st years. With their noses to the grindstone and our  thesis-year students busy working at home here in Winnipeg, across Canada and abroad it’s tough to cross paths sometimes. So, we’ve decided to bring the 1st years to you through some individual features.

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Kristine Lehew is a first-year student in the Archival Studies program at the University of Manitoba. Kristine was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In Calgary, she completed her undergrad at St. Mary’s University with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in History. When Kristine was fourteen years old, she saw an archivist on a television show. She thought that the archivist was the “coolest person ever” and that the archivist was so lucky to get to handle all of those old documents. This sparked a passion in Kristine that led to many confusing conversations and explanations with career counsellors, friends and family. She started following her passion by volunteering at the Roman Catholic Diocese archives in Calgary. This led to many more wonderful experiences in archives. Kristine worked as summer student in the City of Calgary’s and King’s Own Calgary Regiment’s archives. She also spent a summer doing records management assistance for the Office of the President at the University of Calgary. This all eventually led her to the University of Manitoba’s Archival Studies program. Kristine’s research interests tend to focus on Canadian childhood history and religious history. When she is not studying Kristine loves to travel, hike (in her backyard Rocky Mountains) and dance.

Welcome to the program Kristine!