Faculty of the Archival Program

Dr. Tom Nesmith is a Professor in the Department of History, University of Manitoba. Prior to accepting this appointment in 1990 he had been an archivist at the National Archives of Canada since 1978. He worked there in both the private manuscript and government records areas of the archives. He was editor of Archivaria, the journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists from 1984 to 1986. Among many editing and publication activities, he is both editor of and a contributing author to Canadian Archival Studies and the Rediscovery of Provenance (1993), a joint publication of the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. He holds a Ph.D in Canadian history from Carleton University.


"Research in Archival Studies Takes a New Look at Archives," The Belltower 25 (2010), pp. 24-25.

"Documenting Appraisal as a Societal-Archival Process: Theory, Practice, and Ethics in the Wake of Helen Willa Samuels," in Terry Cook, ed., Controlling the Past: Documenting Society and Institutions -- Essays in Honor of Helen Willa Samuels (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2011)

 “Archivists and Public Affairs: Toward a New Archival Public Programming,” in Cheryl Avery and Mona Holmlund, eds., Better off Forgetting? Essays on Archives, Public Policy, & Collective Memory (link) (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010).

"Re-exploring the Continuum, Rediscovering Archives," Archives and Manuscripts, The Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists 36, no. 2 (November 2008).

What is an Archival Education?” Journal of the Society of Archivists   28, no. 1 (April 2007).

"The Concept of Societal Provenance and Records of Nineteenth-Century Aboriginal–European Relations in Western Canada: Implications for Archival Theory and Practice,” Archival Science 6 (2006).

"Reopening Archives: Bringing New Contextualities into Archival Theory and Practice,” Archivaria  60 (Fall 2005).

What’s History Got to Do With It?:  Reconsidering the Place of Historical Knowledge in Archival Work,”  Archivaria 57 (Spring 2004).

"Exploring Archives as Politics," South African Society of Archivists, Newsletter (July-September 2002).

"Seeing Archives: Postmodernism and the Changing Intellectual Place of Archives", The American Archivist 65, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2002).


Dr. Tom Nesmith
Master's Program in Archival Studies
Department of History
Joint Master's Program in History
University of Manitoba/University of Winnipeg
321 St. Paul's College
Phone: (204) 474-8559 ; Fax: (204) 474-7590


Dr. Greg Bak


Bak et al. Quality Assessment Tools Project Report. Ottawa: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2012.
Continuous classification: capturing dynamic relationships among digital information resources.” Archival Science Volume 12, Number 3 (2012), 287-318.
“La clasificacion de documentos electronicos: documentado relaciones entre documentos [Classifying electronic records: documenting relationships among records]” Tabula 13 (2010).
Impacts of Web 2.0 on Information models: Life Cycle and Continuums / Les effets du Web 2.0 sur les modeles d’information: cycle de vie et continuums. Gatineau: Library and Archives Canada, 2010.
Managing business value in Web 2.0 environments / Gérer la valeur opérationnelle dans l'environnement Web 2.0. Gatineau: Library and Archives Canada, 2010.
Bak et al. “A pragmatic critical appraisal instrument for search filters: introducing the CADTH CAI.” Health Information and Libraries Journal 26/3 (Sept. 2009).
Bak and Armstrong. “Points of convergence: seamless long-term access to digital publications and archival records at Library and Archives Canada.” Archival Science 8/4 (Dec 2008).
“The greatest librarians of the world … were not graduates of library school: professional development and identity among Maritime librarians of the 1930s.” Libraries and Culture 37 (2002).
Barbary Pirate: The Life and Crimes of John Ward (The History Press, 2010)

Dr. Greg Bak
Assistant Professor
Master's Program in Archival Studies
Department of History
University of Manitoba
Joint Master's Program in History University
of Manitoba/University of Winnipeg
247 St. John's College
Phone: (204) 272-1578



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