A Note from the Executive Director
Michael Gourlie

In addition to the ASA newsletter's regular features and articles, this theme issue focuses on the history, evolution and concerns of the archival programs found at some of Alberta's post-secondary educational institutions.

As an element of efficient infrastructure and management, these archival programs provide necessary records management services to their parent bodies and often act as a point of contact for freedom of information / protection of privacy requests. They preserve documentation of the processes of teaching, creating, researching, and learning, all of which create the documentary heritage of the post-secondary experience in Alberta. Some programs also acquire records from a myriad of private sources, often building a critical mass of primary sources around a particular theme that can attract international research interest.

Their holdings are extensive and can come with a higher-than-average profile, with tar sands, populist political parties, and cutting edge choreography as subjects that come to mind. In spite of this factor, the articles in this issue show that these archival institutions share same concerns about preservation, storage, and scarce resources common to all archival programs in Alberta, highlighting the collective concerns of Alberta's archival community that exist in spite of size or location.

New Website Launched

A collaboration between scholars, researchers and activists, the Alberta Women's Memory Project has developed a website designed to promote acquisition and preservation of women's records.

Illustrated by images from numerous archival institutions throughout Alberta, the site contains informative sections that discuss topics such as the importance of women's records, the process of donating records, and the creation of oral histories and memoirs. Through an arrangement with the ASA, a filtered view of the ANA database highlights archival records related to women found in Alberta's archival institutions. A lengthy list of links directs visitors to archival institutions, online databases, women's history groups, virtual exhibits, and other heritage organizations.

Visit the site at http://www.athabascau.ca/wmst/awmp/index.html.