Saturday, 5 May 2012

News of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives

Via their Friends newsletter comes news that access to the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives for general researchers is likely to remain closed until September 1st, 2012.

Access has been closed since October as a result of construction on the site. There have been extensive negotiations within the Diocese regarding the location of the facility which are detailed in the newsletter. They involve a group from the larger Archives Advisory Committee making the case for the need for the archives to remain within the Cathedral precinct.

Any individual document within the archives is rarely accessed, yet the archives as a whole has information that is frequently used in the administration of the Diocese. If  this were not the case there would be little argument for housing the archives in the high value downtown location. That's why the new city archives was placed at the suburban 100 Tallwood location, in proximity to a major city administrative centre.


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