Friday, 23 September 2016

News from Ottawa City Archives

Grace Lewis is leading what she anticipates will be a two year project to amalgamate the BIFHSGO and Ottawa Branch OGS libraries. Culling collections of newsletters from other organizations so that only the most recent five years are retained has already reduced shelf space needed. A volunteer has offered to take change of the Scottish collection amalgamation and, later, the same will be undertaken for other parts of the collection. Three volunteers start next week working on amalgamating the catalogs.

While the City Archives is not a library all archives hold publications. An example of why is the most recent addition to the archives collection, Marion Dewar: A Life of Action by Deborah Gorham of the Department of History at Carleton University was launched on Wednesday at the Ottawa's Writer's Festival at a standing room only event at Ottawa City Hall. The City Archives was a major resource for the research behind this biography of a highly respected former mayor.

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