History of Archives Canada and the ASA
In June 2001, the Archives Society of Alberta received a grant in the amount of $1,225,000 under the provincial government's Centennial Legacies Grant Program. These funds were awarded for the purposes of:
· establishing intellectual control over records held in Alberta archives represented by the Archives Society of Alberta
· creating a system and tools to meet the needs of clients for efficient and effective access to archival information through the use of state-of-the-art technology
· improving operational efficiencies within and among Alberta's archives by placing the catalogue of provincial holdings on-line.
Funds from the Centennial Legacies grant were added to federal funds received under the Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN). CAIN has since changed its name to Archives Canada. This program allowed the Archives Society of Alberta to:
· properly house the ANA databases
· complete fonds level descriptions for a number of different member institutions throughout the province
· engage in digitization projects
· provide training to member institutions
· supply computers and other hardware to member institutions
The Archives Society of Alberta’s database is currently Alberta On Record. Any descriptive contributions to Alberta on Record are also added to Archives Canada. This database continues to grow as institutional members send in new contributions.
Additional information on the project can also be found in the following on-line Newsletter articles: