University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - History - Archival Studies M.A. Program
Archival Studies M.A. Program

The 2014-2015 class in the Archival Studies M.A. program while at the Department of Archives and Special Collections, University of Manitoba.

2014-2015 class in Archival Studies M.A. program

(Left to right back row: Prof. Greg Bak, Petra Lundy, Ryan Courchene, Holly McElrea, and Prof. Tom Nesmith
Left to right seated: Chantel Banman, Lauren Finkel, and Leesha Cowan)

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.




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.

Audio Files
Archival Studies graduates Anna Shumilak and Bronwen Quarry discuss their work at the Hudson's Bay Company Archives at the Archives of Manitoba for Canada's History magazine.

Selkirk Settlers: A Rich Collection of Records

Selkirk Settlers: Mapping the Red River Colony

Hudson's Bay Company Archives: Private Records of Gertrude Perrin


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.)