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Archival Studies M.A. Program

Students and faculty in the Archival Studies program, 2019-2020, sitting around a seminar table.

Archival Studies Class 2019-2020. From left to right: Alexandra Moreau, Ashley Scher, Trevor Dyck, Scott Price, Tom Nesmith, Carly Roberts, Sharon Humphrey, Eunjung Park, Greg Bak, Delia Chartrand (by WebEx).


Students in archival studies are preparing to enter the archival profession. The Manitoba master's program in archival studies offers a distinctive, research-based professional education which fully blends the humanities and technical dimensions of archival work. The curriculum balances the historical and cultural with the contemporary and administrative aspects of archival work. Study of key aspects of the history of society, recorded communication, recordskeeping, archives, and archival theory and practice from antiquity to the present is the frame of reference for extensive exploration of contemporary problems in archives. The program places strong emphasis on education in electronic records, archival appraisal, and analytical research abilities through a seminar format and the required thesis. Funded internships have been provided at the renowned Hudson's Bay Company Archives at the Archives of Manitoba. Students have also done internships in other Canadian and American archives. They have found employment in a wide variety of public and private sector archives.




JMP/Archival Studies student Delia Chartrand discusses her work for Library and Archives Canada in Manitoba on Indigenous archiving in her “Housing Our Histories and Creating Capacity,” Signatures, Spring/Summer 2021 - Library and Archives Canada (

Katie Lynch reflects on her experience as a student-archivist working in the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives in Winnipeg in the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society’s Heritage Posting 94 (November 2019): p. 8.

Graham Stinnett, Archivist for human rights records at the University of Connecticut, and  M.A. program graduate (Archival Studies), hosts an eclectic weekly podcast on archival materials, issues, and research entitled “d’Archive”. Listen in at: I

CTV National News interviews Petra Turcotte, Senior Archivist for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and an Archival Studies JMP MA student, about her work for the inquiry:


Sarah Story, a recent M.A. program graduate (Archival Studies), co-produced, co-directed, and did the archival research for the film Stories of Decolonization: Land Dispossession and Settlement (Flicker & Rise Productions, 2016). Available at:

See also: Elizabeth Carlson, Gladys Rowe, Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, and Sarah Story, “Decolonization through collaborative filmmaking: Sharing stories from the heart,” Journal of Indigenous Social Development  6,  no. 2 (2017), Special Edition for the National Indigenous Social Work Conference at


Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona, “My Sacred Space,” (on doing the Archival Studies internship at University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections)
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Archival Studies student, Christopher Calesso, “Internship Profile: Christopher Calesso, Canadian Museum for Human Rights,” Museum Archivist (Newsletter of the Museum Archives Section, Society of American Archivists) 27, no. 2 (Summer 2017). Available at:


Archives and Memory

Archives and Memory Rountable Event

Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, joins Greg Bak, Tom Nesmith, and Ryan Courchene to discuss Indigenous archives at the "Archives and Memory" round table at Migizii Agamik (Bald Eagle Lodge), University of Manitoba, 19 November 2015. (Photographer: Petra Lundy)

Ryan Courchene


Archival Studies student Ryan Courchene at "Archives and Memory", 19 November 2015. (Photographer: Petra Lundy)


Archival Studies student Nicole Courrier (link below) at the National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Edmonton, 30 March 2014, with (from the left) Kyra Wilson, Shelley Sweeney, Ry Moran, and Camille Callison.

Creating a Manitoba First Nations Archives: Next Steps
Professors Tom Nesmith and Greg Bak serve on the Advisory Board on First Nations archives for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre .

Archival Student Jesse Boiteau and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives

Graham Stinnett, a graduate of our Archival Studies M.A. and B.A. History programs, now archivist for human rights collections, University of Connecticut, wrote of his visits South Africa to discuss partnerships with the African National Congress Archives and University of Fort Hare. Read his blog post.

Conferring with Colleagues

Mary Grace Golfo Archival Studies student Mary Grace Golfo delivers paper at the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Archivists in Victoria, 26 June 2014.

A Visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Professors Greg Bak (far right) and Tom Nesmith (far left) get an advance tour of the Museum with Archival Studies graduates (left to right) Heather Bidzinski (Head of Collections for the Museum) and Rita Mogyorosi (Museum Archivist).

Visit to the Museum for Human Rights

The Winnipeg Free Press interviews archivist Heather Bidzinski on Treaty No. 1 (1871) and the Proclamation of the Constitution Act (1982) on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


In the News



Archival Studies graduate Andrea Martin and Archival Studies student Tyyne Petrowski (both of the University of Manitoba Department of Archives and Special Collections) are interviewed by CTV about their First World War Archival Project.

Archival Studies graduates Scott Goodine, Kathleen Epp, and Anna Shumilak help launch a new exhibit at the Archives of Manitoba.
At Home and Away: Remembering the First World War

Global News interviews Kathleen Epp at the Archives of Manitoba on “Winnipeg A Century Ago” (on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.)