Experiences in Foreign Places: Two students in the Masters Program in Archival Studies in the Department of History will be speaking about their internship experiences in archives overseas

Two very interesting talks that will hit home with UM Archival studies grads, past, present, and future:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

11:45 am – 12:45 pm Brown Bag Session

Archives & Special Collections, Room 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library,

Fort Garry Campus

For More Information: (204) 474-9986

“Journey to Johannesburg: An Experience of a Lifetime”


In summer 2013, Sarah did an archival internship at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. There aren’t many other archival interns who can say that they got to inventory Nelson Mandela’s office, eat lunch with Ahmed Kathrada, give a vault tour to Obama’s staffers, ‘shake their booty’ with anti-apartheid veterans, or work with the collections of the twentieth century’s most well-known freedom fighter. Sarah will discuss her incredible experience at the NMCM and highlight other inspiring community-based archival projects in South Africa.

Sarah Story is a graduate student in the UM Archival Studies and History Program. Her thesis research is on community economic development and Indigenous archiving practices in Inner-City Winnipeg (funded by the Manitoba Research Alliance and the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives). Sarah is currently employed as a historical researcher. She was awarded the Hugh Taylor Prize for Excellence in Archival Studies for 2013-14.

“Oot and Aboot in Scotland: Tales from a Canadian Archival Intern”

This past summer, Nicole completed an internship in Edinburgh at the National Records of Scotland located within General Register House, one of the oldest custom built archive buildings still in continuous use in the world. As well, she spent three weeks at Calendar House in Falkirk, Scotland, working for the Falkirk Council Archives. She had the opportunity to work through an important moment in UK history – and left a week before the referendum vote. Tartan, Whiskey and Unicorns made up some of the records she worked with.

Nicole Courrier is a graduate student in the UM Archival Studies and History Program. Her thesis will examine the key contributions made since the 1960s by a group of Canadian photo-archivists at the Library and Archives of Canada and its forerunners to the emergence to prominence of photographic archives alongside written records. She is currently employed at the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, as well as a Research Assistant for the Centre for Human Rights Research’s Critical Conversations: Truth and Reconciliation.


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