PEOPLE AND PLACES
After more than a year's work, two of the renovation projects at the Red Deer and District Archives are finally completed. The Reading Room and office areas got a $32,000 facelift, the first since 1984. $40,000 in mobile shelving was installed in the first storeroom. The next phase of the renovation program will be in the installation of new custom and oversize shelving in the second storeroom. As soon as funds permit, mobile shelving will be installed in that area as well.
During the summer months, the Red Deer Archives mounted a large photo exhibit at the Westerner Exposition along with the Archives Society of Alberta mobile display. It is estimated that some 35,000 viewed the displays over the five days of the fair.
A major challenge occurred in June when City Hall's basement flooded, damaging several boxes of Red Deer Advocate files and photographs from the Archives which had been temporarily stored at City Hall as the renovations to the storerooms were being completed. Red Deer Ice provided freezers for the waterlogged boxes on 20 minutes notice. The material was later thawed and slowly dried at the Kinex Ice Arena. Fortunately, this helped to greatly mitigate the damage.
With respect to staff, Garth Clarke attended his first S.A.A. conference in Washington D.C. at the end of August. While there, he wrote the Academy of Certified Archivists examination. Michael Dawe was acclaimed on September 10th as one of the elected members of the David Thompson Health Authority. He previously had served as a trustee and chair of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Board more than six years ago, when he still had his youth.
(Submitted by Michael Dawe, September 21, 2001)
Dr. Lewis Gwynne Thomas, FRSC, passed away in Edmonton on September 22, 2001. Born in Okotoks, Alberta, in 1914, "L. G." entered the University of Alberta in 1930, where he earned two degrees and embarked upon a distinguished career as Professor of History. He is remembered in the archives and heritage communities for his early support for the establishment of a Provincial Archives in Alberta during the years 1946-1951.
A proponent and teacher of western Canadian history, Dr. Thomas was also involved in steering careers of a generation of historians and archivists including Jim Parker and Ted Hart. The Archives Society of Alberta extends our condolences to the Thomas family.
Maryalice Harvey Stewart, first Director and Archivist of the Archives of the Canadian Rockies, now the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, passed away on September 11, 2001 after a long life devoted to the understanding of the Canadian Rockies. A native of Banff, Maryalice brought her family connections, mountain experiences and historical training to her professional and personal involvement in the preservation of mountain culture. (See obituary elsewhere in this issue)
Sylvia Kujansuu, formerly of the Alberta Legislature Library, is the recipient of this year's ASA bursary. Sylvia attended the 2001 Archives Institute at the University of Calgary and is currently studying at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. Congratulations Sylvia!
Carol Lund has been hired as the University Secretary for Athabasca University. Carol's responsibilities also include FOIP Coordinator, and University Archivist. Her phone number is 675-6271 and e-mail address is email@example.com. Carol replaces Eileen Hendy, who has accepted a position as FOIP Advisor with the Information Management and Privacy Branch of the Alberta Government. Eileen is well known to ASA members for her work on the executive and for her Herculean efforts to make the ASA 10th Anniversary Conference unforgettable. Best wishes to Carol and Eileen with their new responsibilities.