Born in Alberta, Marlena Wyman graduated from the University of Alberta and joined the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) in 1984 as its audio-visual archivist. During her career, she has spearheaded the preservation of fragile video formats and acquired significant holdings including the Viewegar autochromes and the Nicholas de Grandmaison fonds, and has built a significant collection of home movies at the PAA. She has shared her expertise through conference presentations, the PAA’s annual film night, and workshops for the archival community, including the popular “Conquering Fear of Film” offered through the ASA and the ACA.
For her accomplishments in preserving film in Alberta, she received the Dan and Kathy Leab Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists in 2003 and an Award of Recognition from the Edmonton Historical Board in 2011.
Marlena retired from the PAA in March 2011 to pursue her work as a visual artist.