14 November 2016

FCOA: City Archivist's Report

At Sunday's AGM of the Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives Paul Henry, the City Archivist reported on activities for the past year, the 40th for the Archives and the 5th for the facility at 100 Tallwood.
35,000 boxes of material transferred to the building from outside storage have been processed and are being transferred to compressed archive boxes. The backlog of processing of City records for appraisal has been reduced by over 90 per cent. That task should be complete by the end of the year.
Administratively the Archives was transferred from Parks and Recreation to the City Clerk's department in July.
Records available online through the Ottawa Museums and Archives portal include 14,974 images, and many more archival descriptions.
Transfers of records to the City Archives from the Archives of Ontario occurred in September including those of Eastview, Torbolton and the County of Carleton.
Between January and October this year more than 788,000 page image views from the city collection were logged by Ancestry.ca.
Cooperation with Algonquin College in a variety of programs is increasing, helped by geographic proximity. A new initiative with the Historical Society of Ottawa Collection, recently donated, will be starting very soon with Algonquin students.

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