One of the most reliable aspects of working in a university archives is that no two days are the same. Every day one can expect surprises, an unexpected challenge or a serendipitous connection that can send an archivist (or a researcher) down a rabbit hole of discovery.
Perhaps it's no coincidence that one of the most [...]
It may the the tail end of Archives Awareness Week, but it is also the start of tax season!
Here are a number of photographic prints from the Toronto Telegram which were used in feature articles from 1945, 1946, 1965 and 1970 documenting the frantic tax season in the city of Toronto.
Here are tax form filers [...]
To celebrate Archives Awareness Week, held this year from April 8th to 14th, we're pulling together some posts demonstrating how archival records can document the experience of individuals, families and communities; reveal forgotten stories; and teach us something about our past, present and future.
York University students and faculty are lucky to have two archival institutions [...]
To celebrate Archives Awareness Week, held the first week of April, we're compiling a idiosyncratic and completely biased list of interesting news stories involving archives, historical documents or rare books and the compelling stories they generate. These can cover a range of topics, including:
Serendipitous discovery! Unexpected loss!
Wanton destruction! Benign neglect!
The power of archival material [...]
To celebrate Archives Awareness Week, held the first week of April, the archives has installed a small exhibit outlining the values and uses of archives and highlighting a recent news item featuring a former York University Master's student, Julia Gaffield. Earlier this year, Gaffield, now a PhD student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, [...]