Bake Sale

Thank you to everyone who donated baked goods or supported the chapter’s bake sale yesterday. We’re pleased to say we earned $282 which will go towards funding future archival and social events.

Celebration of 25 Years for Tom Nesmith!

2015 marks the 25th year that Dr. Tom Nesmith has been teaching Archival Studies at the University of Manitoba! In honour of Tom, the Archival Student Chapter hosted a surprise ‘Tom Appreciation Night’ on the 22nd of April to celebrate. Tom’s students of the past 25 years –as well as other friends, colleagues, and members of the archival community– were invited to attend to join in the celebration, or to send regards or ‘punny’ memories of Tom to be included in a commemorative scrapbook. The evening was a success and was appreciated by our much admired professor.

A video of Tom’s speech, as well as photos from the evening, can be found below.

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ACA 2015 Student Session

A friendly reminder that the DEADLINE for the ACA Call for Student Papers is on Monday, January 12, 2015. For details, please see the ACA 2015: Perspectives on the Archival Horizon website.

We are proud of the strong papers delivered by U of M Archival Studies MA students in the past. At ACA 2012: In Search of Archival Gold, our own Mary Horodyski journeyed to Whitehorse to present her paper, “The Mediums and Their Messages: Ghostly Archives and the Spirit Cards of Hannah Mary MacPherson, 1947-1966.” Mary based this paper on the unique, mysterious and oftentimes moving records of spiritualism held at the U of M Archives & Special Collections. It showcased the “Archival Gold” we have right here in Winnipeg and Mary’s talent for well-researched and creative presentations.

Erin Acland and Mary Grace Golfo were also successful with their applications and presented at the Student Sessions in 2013 (Winnipeg) and 2014 (Victoria). As well, we have seen our students contribute papers and organize panels for the regular sessions. Well done everyone! Keep up the good work.

Spirit Card. Source: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Hannah Mary MacPherson fonds, Box 1, Folder 1. Special thanks to Mary Horodyski and Tyyne Petrowski.

Spirit Card. Source: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Hannah Mary MacPherson fonds, Box 1, Folder 1. Special thanks to Mary Horodyski and Tyyne Petrowski.


1st Meeting of the Thesis Writing Group

To all Archival Studies MA students,

Members at the last student chapter meeting supported the idea of establishing regular meetings for our members. We envision students committing an evening to working on their thesis (or other schoolwork) in the company of other students at a predetermined location. In the interest of making this a designated work time, be prepared to turn off your cell phone for these sessions! After putting in a few good hours of work, we can reward ourselves with all the texting our fingers can handle and, more importantly, we can go out together and socialize!

The University of Winnipeg Archives has been kindly offered as the location for our first meeting that will take place on Thursday, April 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. In the future, we hope to select regular meeting times (ie: every second Thursday evening) in order to establish consistency.

Hope to see you next week for our inaugural meeting!

by Dyan / The Keep Calm-O-Matic

by Dyan / The Keep Calm-O-Matic

Bake Sale this Thursday!

It’s time to get ready for another ACA U of M Student Chapter bake sale. You can expect delicious treats and friendly faces this Thursday, April 3rd on first floor Fletcher Argue. Bring your appetite (and your wallet, please).

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /