PEOPLE AND PLACES
Contributed by Tina Crossfield
The City of Calgary, Corporate Records, Archives would like to extend a warm welcome Andrea Garnier. Andrea is a familiar face in the Alberta archival community, having worked for many years as an archivist at the Glenbow Archives. Andrea is job-sharing with Karen Hamilton and will be contributing her extensive archival knowledge and experience with her new colleagues at the City until the summer of 2004 when we anticipate the return of Regina Landwehr from a one-year maternity and parental leave. Regina is currently very busy taking care of Fiona Katarina, Sonia's new sister. Fiona was born on August 26 and weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. She is happy and healthy and a welcome addition to the Landwehr and Koning household. Also new to the Corporate Records area is Carol Berrington, our new Corporate Records Coordinator.
The Archives Society of Alberta welcomes Tina Crossfield to the position of Vice-President. Tina currently works part-time for the Town of Okotoks Museum and Archives, where she performs most of the duties associated with curatorial work. Tina moved to Okotoks from Montreal in 1996. She holds a masters degree in interdisciplinary studies and a bachelors degree in science and technology studies, both from Concordia University in Montreal. She is an experienced interviewer, a published author, and has a background in biography, Canadian history, women's studies, and the history of Canadian science and technology. Tina is very pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the ASA Board over the next year.
ASA also welcomes Leslie Latta-Guthrie to the position of Institutional Member-at-large. Leslie was appointed City Archivist for the City of Edmonton Archives in 2003. Previously, she worked with the University of Alberta's Department of Museums and Collections Services since 1990, where, as Manager of the Collections Program, she planned, developed and implemented collections management and access to information services, including the development and success of the University of Alberta Virtual Museum initiative. Leslie has worked with both the Alberta and Canadian museum communities, including a 5-year term with Museums Alberta, most recently holding the position of Past-President.
The City of Edmonton Archives (CEA) is very excited to announce the hiring of two new staff members, Glynys Smith Hohmann and Terence O'Riordan. Glynys has been re hired on a permanent part time basis (3 days per week). She is currently working full time through to March 2004, filling in her remaining 2 days per week completing CCA and ANA funded projects. Having previously worked with the city archives from mid 2001 to early 2003, Glynys holds a Master of Arts degree in western Canadian history from the University of Alberta and has six years of experience working with Fort Edmonton Park. In addition, she recently provided consulting expertise to the ASA's Archival Resources in the Classroom project.
Terry O'Riordan will be with the CEA until March 2004, also completing CCA and
ASA funded projects. He holds a MA in public history from the University of Waterloo and has seven years of experience working with Fort Edmonton as an historical interpreter in park's public program area. As well, Terry has worked as a writer / researcher and a teaching assistant at the University of Waterloo and has published articles in Prairie Forum and Alberta History. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Glynys and Terry, and wish them well in their work experiences with us.
The Town of Okotoks Museum and Archives is proud to announce that their photographic digitization project, undertaken last fall, has been a resounding success and that 334 of Okotoks' best images can now be viewed as part of the Alberta Insight database.
Getting to this point has been half the fun. Initially, we selected 170 images from the Daggett family fonds and 60 from the Johnson family fonds. Selections were based on physical condition, ease of identification, and historical interest. Important dates range from 1890 to 1960 and topics include family, settlement, community, First Nations, farms, ranches, and the lumber and petroleum industries.
Venturing into a new area of technology that is, by definition, under constant pressure to evolve, can be somewhat intimidating. During the process, staff at the Archives Society of Alberta (ASA) were available for guidance and advice and we were able to take advantage of a grant offered by the Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN) to purchase a computer specifically for managing images, a high resolution scanner and special photographic software.
So what happens next? Because of our commitment to preserve our images and the stories behind them, we plan to increase our participation in Alberta Insight. Our goals are simple and achievable: preservation of our images and contribution to the wider history of Alberta. For more information contact Tina Crossfield, Historical Services, at 403-938-8969.