Archives Moment: Archives Week 2020

The Musée Héritage Museum has had an archives since its beginning in 1984. We are very fortunate and take pride in serving our community by collecting and sharing records that hold the memories of St. Albert’s people, places, and businesses & institutions.

The Musée Héritage Museum Archives has been collecting a variety of different items since the beginning, including oral histories, municipal records, personal and business records, photographs, manuscripts, letters, maps, videos, and much more.Over the years, we have had a variety of different types of users, such as genealogists, students of all ages, researchers, book, newspaper, and magazine publishers, television producers, artists, documentary makers, local businesses, and private citizens looking to incorporate a sense of the past in their present lives. This usage shows both the value that the archives have in people’s lives and also our initiative to be a welcoming, knowledge sharing institution.This year has been especially challenging for all of us with the pandemic. Our onsite reference will be limited, however, we would like you to know that our reference service for the archives is still available via email or phone.

We are also collecting your stories about living in the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our online exhibition, Pandemic!, which was exhibited in our museum in early 2019. If you would like to submit your stories, photos, and videos for our archives, please follow the link on the Pandemic exhibition webpage, or email them to museum@artsandheritage.ca.To learn more about what we hold in our archives, we’ve listed some of our main used items from our archives on our website: http://museeheritage.ca/archives-collections/search-archives-special-library/. For more detailed viewing of our archival collection, please visit our database where you can search through the materials: https://archives.museeheritage.ca/.

We hope that this Archives Week will remind people of the different ways the archives continue to contribute to our communities. If you think you may have something that could possibly go into our archives, please send photos and details to archives@artsandheritage.ca for consideration.

Stay tuned later this week for a look at how the programming department at our museum uses the archives!