Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
krista.mccracken@gmail.com

Category: Archives

Archives and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Workshop

I recently facilitated a workshop on Archives and the TRC as part of Huron History Day: An Active History Pre-Conference for High School and First Year Students. The workshop focused on the history of residential schools, the unique challenges of residential school archives, the TRC, and reconciliation more broadly.  When planning this workshop I was…
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Upcoming Presentations and Conference Travel

I have a busy couple of weeks ahead of me with some personal and work related travel on the horizon.  On the personal side I’ll be in Southern Ontario and Buffalo, New York.  As usual while traveling I’ll be keeping an eye out for interesting public history initiatives. From October 1-4, 2015 I’ll be in…
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Introduction to Archives

As my last post indicated I’ve been thinking a lot about archival instruction and introducing students and other new users to archives.  As part of this process I’ve been gathering resources that explain how archives are organized, introduce the basic of archival processing, and explain different aspects of archival theory. Some of the best resources…
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Archival Competences and University Archives

As September approaches and campus begins to bustle again I’ve been thinking a lot about outreach from the perspective of university archives.  A pair of American Archivist articles , “Archival Literacy Competencies for Undergraduate History Majors” and “Archival Literacy for History Students: What Do Students Need to Know About Primary Source Materials” both speak to…
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Self Care Revisited

A few months ago I wrote about working in a field that involves historical trauma and the need for self care.  The topic of self care and the mental toll of working on emotionally charged topics came to the forefront for me earlier this week.  I spent a few hours digitizing records and cross referencing…
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Changing Roles: Archives Supervisor

I’ve been back from parental leave for a bit over a month.  When I left in October 2014 I was working as a Researcher/Curator in the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.  I spent a year and a half in that role and had the opportunity to work on a number of great creative projects.  While in…
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Reading Archivists

As a means of professional development and enjoyment I regularly read archival and public history publications.  This often comes in the form of reading The American Archivist or The Public Historian but sometimes also includes other journals and the occasional book. I like love reading and find that it often inspires me to consider by…
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