Georgeen Barrass was born and educated in Scotland, and moved to Canada in 1953. She began her archival career in 1962, when she joined the Glenbow Archives as Secretary to Chief Archivist Hugh Dempsey. In 1968 she was promoted to Assistant Chief Archivist of the photographic section, after completing the Archives Administration Course at the Public Archives of Canada.
While at Glenbow she curated several photographic exhibitions, including ones which highlighted the photography of W.J. Oliver and Herbert Wendell Gleason. She also co-curated the extremely popular Great C.P.R. Exhibition. She was active in many professional organizations, and served as the Secretary of the Historical Society of Alberta from 1969 to 1986. In 1977 she received the Historical Society of Alberta’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Alberta History.
She retired from the Glenbow in January 1987, and became an ASA Honorary Life Member the same year. She moved to Vancouver Island in 1989.