Tom Nesmith

Professor

Office: 321 St. Paul's College
e-mail: Thomas.Nesmith@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-8559

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Carleton University
M.A., Queen's University
B.A., Queen's University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The history of communication, documentary analysis, archival work, theory, and institutions, particularly as they relate to contemporary archival management issues and the role of communication and archiving in the formation of knowledge, memory, and societies.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

"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 Willla Samuels," in Terry Cook, ed., Controlling the Past: Documenting Society and Institutions -- Essays in Honor of Helen Willa Samuels (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, forthcoming)

 “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).
"Still Fuzzy, But More Accurate: Some Thoughts on the 'Ghosts' of Archival Theory", Archivaria 47 (Spring 1999).
"Hugh Taylor's Contextual Idea for Archives and the Foundation of Graduate Education in Archival Studies" in Barbara Craig, ed., The Archival Imagination: Essays in Honour of Hugh A. Taylor (Ottawa: Association of Canadian Archivists, 1992).

 

COURSES TAUGHT

207-2018
HIST 7372 History of Archiving and Archival Records (Fall term)

2016-2017
HIST 3110 Archives, Societal Memory, and the Uses of the Past
HIST 4000 Introduction to Archives
HIST 7372 History of Archiving and Archival Records

2015-2016
HIST 3110 Archives, Societal Memory, and the Uses of the Past
HIST 7372 History of Archiving and Archival Records

2014-2015
HIST 4000 Introduction to Archives
HIST 7372 History of Archiving and Archival Records
HIST 7382 Archiving in the Digital Age (winter term)
HIST 7390 Internship in Archival Studies

2013-2014
HIST 7372 History of Archiving and Archival Records

2012-2013
HIST 4340 Introduction to Archival Science
HIST 7370 History of Recorded Communication
HIST 7390 Internship in Archival Studies

2011-2012
HIST 4340 Introduction to Archival Science
HIST 7370 History of Recorded Communication"
HIST 7380 Selected Problems in Archival Studies