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2023/24 Activities

National Archives of Québec (BAnQ) - Tour

April 2, 2024
ACA McGill had the opportunity to invite the chapter on a guided tour of the official archive of the government of Québec. Established in 1920, the archive since merged with the National Library of Québec, and is housed in a 33,000 square-foot, state of the art facility. This archive’s mission is to collect, preserve, and promote Québec's published heritage materials, as well as any culturally significant material related to Québec.

Les Archives Gaies du Québec (AGQ) - Tour

March 19, 2024
ACA McGill enjoyed a guided visit of the Archives gaies du Quebec where chapter members and friends learned about the local archive centered on LGBTQ+ communities in Québec, toured the collections, and experienced their latest exhibition, Fonds des Archives Gaies du Québec!

Old Lesbians - Film Screening

March 18, 2024
Old Lesbians showcases the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project which is the legacy of the late Arden Eversmeyer. Eversmeyer traveled thousands of miles to capture the joyful, resilient and love filled stories of lesbian elders which this film sets out to animate. ACA McGill showed the film in the Peel Street cinema to an audience of 50; Our audience laughed, shed a few tears and gave a resounding ovation at the end that left us wanting more.

Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) - Tour

February 27, 2024
To kick off the year's touring activities, ACA McGill invited members to visit the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The CCA is an “international research institution and museum” that hosts a range of public activities and resources focused on architecture and its impact on contemporary life. The guided tour included a look at the centre’s study room, digital lab, and archival vault.

Unarchived - Film Screening + Panel

February 20, 2024
ACA McGill in partnership with UDeM presented a screening of the 2024 film Unarchived to approximately 40 viewers. The film centers around community archives in British Columbia. “Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it” - The National Film Board. Following the film, a lively panel was moderated by Annaëlle Winand with panelists Gracen Brilmyer, François Dansereau and Chantal Partmanian.

Beyond Paper - Film Screening

January 29, 2024
The film Beyond Paper was shown to an audience of approximately 15 people at the Peel Street cinema. Beyond Paper proved to be a moving account from Oana Suteu Khintirian of navigating paper family archives in the digital age to discover more about her Romanian and Armenian heritage and preserve it for future generations.

2022/23 Activities

Virtual Career Panel

March 2023
To further our chapter's focus on career development this semester, we hosted a virtual career panel with three experts in the field: Joyce Gabiola (University of Houston), Veronica Denison (Rhode Island College), and Zachary Tumlin (Duke University). We learned about their career journeys, what changes they've noticed in the job field, what skills students should focus on developing, and what major challenges they faced when first entering the job market. The event gave us some rare and valuable insight into finding employment and being employed as an archivist.
Organizers: Amelia Keenan, Kevin Mancini, Natasha Fisher

ACA McGill Chapter + Artexte

March 2023
Our chapter had the opportunity of touring Artexte, a library, research center and exhibition space in downtown Montreal which holds over 30,000 contemporary visual arts documents. Jessica Hébert, the librarian and collection expert, selected dozens of materials for our members to explore Artexte's collection. Following the archive tour, we also got a chance to visit the current exhibition, Desire Lines - Displaced Narratives of Place.
More about Artexte Here: https://artexte.ca/en/about-us/
Organizers: Amelia Keenan, Kevin Mancini, Natasha Fisher


2021/22 Activities

PeepShow and Tell: Sex in Archives Blog Series

March - April 2022

We at the ACA McGill University Student Chapter invite you to join us for an immersive series of blog posts featuring interviews with researchers and professionals working firsthand with explicit materials. We hope to illuminate the intrinsic value of sex and sexuality within the field of archiving and why these materials deserve to be preserved.

Matthew Lawrence, Headmaster magazine:

Patrick Keilty, Sexual Representation Collection, University of Toronto:

Dr. Mary Hague-Yearl, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University:

Steven Frost, Artist, Media Studies at the College of Media Communication + Information, University of Colorado Boulder:

Karen Herland, Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality, Concordia University


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