Empty Archives: Reflections on an Institution in Crisis

“Of all national assets archives are the most precious; they are the gift of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilization.” Arthur Doughty, Dominion Archivist and Keeper of the Records, 1904-1935 What’s the use … Continue readingEmpty Archives: Reflections on an Institution in Crisis

Library and Archives Canada: History, The Real, and Realpolitik

First appeared in CNQ Magazine I went to Library and Archives Canada recently to do some research. Entering the building on Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa I was struck by how Soviet-like the place looked. Devoid of colour and joy, it seemed dead; absent of … Continue readingLibrary and Archives Canada: History, The Real, and Realpolitik