New at the Archives and Special Collections

The following link is a list of some of the most recent collections to be processed at the University of Saskatchewan’s Archives and Special Collections. Note that this list is not comprehensive, but is meant to give a taste of some of the materials we are currently collecting, and which provide new research opportunities for our patrons. Subjects of interest are: Printed media personalities and literary figures; University history; John Diefenbaker; women’s histories; the Fabian Society; Northern studies (in co-operation with Russia); the performing and visual arts; AIDS, same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ+ issues; Indigenous justice; early rural life in Saskatchewan (particularly the Borden area); World War II; plant sciences. Also a fascinating array of rare signatures from historical figures have turned up this year, well worth checking out. E-mail if you would like to explore any of these collections!

Newly Processed at UASC! 

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The first Book Club will feature the Saskatchewan Library Association’s  March One Book, One Province program selection, The Education of Augie Merasty.  The Book Club discussion will take place with two offerings being given, one on Tuesday, May 23rd and the second on Wednesday, May 24th , right after the long weekend, from 11:45 until 1:15 (for CUPE employees, the 90 minute session includes your 30 minute lunch break), in Room 102.

This particular book is quite short (less than 100 pages) so it will not take long to read.  We have several copies available in our collection; it should not be a problem to obtain a copy.  If you haven’t already read the book, please ensure if you sign one out that you return it as quickly as possible for those who may also require a library copy to read.  This book can also be purchased in local bookstores.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has already read, or is interested in reading this important recollection of residential school life, with learning and understanding being strengthened through discussion.

To register, please choose one of two signup dates:

May 23rd: The Education of Augie Merasty First Offering

May 24th: The Education of Augie Merasty, Second Offering

What’s Up, UASC?

A long overdue post from the Archives and Special Collections! The following link will take you to a list of some of the most recent collections to be processed by our Unit. Note that this list is not comprehensive, but is meant to give a taste of some of the materials we are currently collecting. Our hope is that this list will prove useful for anyone fielding reference questions within the library system, as it will give some fresh ideas on what primary resources are available.

What’s that, UASC? 

What’s up, UASC?



UASC is excited to welcome Lisa Carpenter to our ranks. Illustrated left is a companion on her monitor. Also roughly her expression upon viewing our rows and rows and rows of boxes ;). We look forward to tackling many projects with you, Lisa. 

Amy Putnam has stepped forward as our office’s Work Green representative, and we were thrilled to receive the below certificate.


Also new at UASC:

  • For those who haven’t already, definitely take the time to check out the display of Inuit art from the Norman Zepp and Judith Varga collection, now on in the Link Gallery of the Murray library
  • Also, for anyone interested, a mini exhibit of random items from the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity is still on display in the UASC reading room.

What’s new, UASC?

We have had a busy few months at the University Archives and Special Collections. While a dearth of file folders brought processing work to a brief but grinding halt, we focused on putting up some targeted displays, and catching up on odd projects.

The first new display to go up, making use of the new display cabinets was an exhibition showcasing a portion of the treasures our donors have shared with us over the past few years. These donations serve to enhance research at the university, as well as preserve local histories. Also, many are just plain interesting to look at! (Musk Ox horns or Victorian Trade Cards, anyone?).

20160726_115146That display has since been replaced with the Ground and Third floor exhibition on Women in Physics at the University of Saskatchewan, which is currently ongoing. This was an interesting exhibit to put together. Aside from dominant names such as Sylvia Fedoruk, finding materials relating to the early study of physics by women at the U of S required a lot of detective work and digging.

Female Physicist Facts:

  • Luise Herzberg, the first woman to be given any sort of a staff position in physics at the U of S is also thought to have been one of the last Jewish people to receive a PhD in 1933 Germany.
  • The first female graduate with a B. Sc in Physics at the U of S was Margaret Marshall, in 1938.
  • The first female M.Sc in Physics at the U of S was Norma Morgenroth, 1946. She acted as head of the Physics club from 1942-1943.

The Link Gallery has also seen a display rotation, with Amy Chillog’s exhibition on Robert hurleyexhibitNewton Hurley going up this month. Hurley is known for his colourful landscapes depicting the beauty of the prairies, and while the collection does feature a few wonderful examples of these, this exhibit focuses on the lesser known works. Here you will find his pen and pencil sketches of landscapes, people, flora and fauna; colourful abstract pieces, which he called “Hurleyniks”; as well as photos and other biographical memorabilia. As a fun addition, Amy has set up the ipad with an interactive art program — an opportunity to share your own landscapes and art! Highly suggest you check it out.

In sadder news, this month we will be seeing Beth Richert leave our ranks to pursue new opportunities and adventures across the water — in Scotland! She has been a valuable member of our team, endlessly patient with our quirks and foibles, and tirelessly working on projects that would have been impossible to even begin without her help. She will be greatly missed.

Keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages for ongoing updates from Olympics past!



April Showers – May Flowers

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Probably the biggest development at the University Archives and Special Collections over the past month was the installation of Cheryl Avery’s fabulous display on memory, portrait, and biography display on memory, portrait, and biography. She was assisted in her work by Beth Richert, who described and displayed materials on loan from the Museum of Antiquities.

IMG_1128A new mini display also went up in honour of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Awareness week (May 2- 6) . The display is titled “Dawning Awareness” and concentrates on the evolving ways in which mental health has been perceived from the Victorian era to present day. The ground floor cases by the Starbucks feature a timeline of materials, while the upstairs cases in room 301 concentrate on mental health as it has been handled in Saskatchewan, and studied at the University.

img678The Queer as Film series continues at the Public Library, with posters from Neil Richards’ collection available for viewing. Yesterday, Neil brought some material about lesbian novelist Jane Rule, to accompany the film “Fiction & Other Truths.”

Other things:

  • Last month we saw a number of researchers come in to view materials relating to The Man of the Trees, Richard St. Barbe Baker. One of these came all the way from Sheffield (UK) to view materials in the St. Barbe Baker fonds.
  • Dee Gibson’s installation “Nesting” at the Public Library will be available for viewing until May 26th.

What’s up, UASC?

Not to be confused with What’s That, UASC? Nobody reads these for the pithy and creative titles, I hope.

So, what is new with us?

Well. . . we’ve been moving around furniture trying to make our space look more welcoming.  Instead of these scary grey cabinets by the front door: IMG_1082


we now have a freebie table / display cabinet (right now showing some food-relevant items such as old cookbooks, handwritten recipes, and ration stamps courtesy of curator Amy Chillog). Two other new cases have also been installed and will hopefully be used for more permanent display of art and artifacts held within the University Archives and Special Collections.








Amy also represented UASC at:

Cdnr8AiUUAA7xaK.jpg largeWe were given the opportunity to supplement the film showing with a small display of lesbian-related materials from the Neil Richards Collection of Gender and Sexual diversity.

For anyone interested in a similar film-related event, check out the Queer As Film Series at the Frances Morrison Central Library. A small sampling of Neil Richards’ queer film posters will also be available for viewing.

FAQueerAs03_16Another important development has been the completion of a linked resource through the Great War database which allows anyone searching the name of someone connected to the University of Saskatchewan who served during WWI to find everything we have within the archives on that person, as well as their records in provincial and federal memorial websites. Check it out at:  The Great War Database

Also over the past few weeks, Nancy from iPortal (and Truda also learning the ropes) have been scanning 5 volumes of the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development (JAED) [] to add to the iPortal. The merging of iPortal and UASC is an important step in the digitization for use on the iPortal of this and other resources of value in the study of indigenous history and current aboriginal affairs.


New Material in UASC!


For any interested for personal research or reference purposes,  I’ve posted the latest archival materials processed at UASC over on our blog. Topics include: Saskatchewan writing and journalism, history of public libraries in Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan heritage, personal residential school histories, Northern indigenous affairs and art, art in Saskatchewan, Diefenbaker, the University of Saskatchewan, music, and education. If any of this strikes a chord, send us an e-mail for the full finding aid at

UASC in the New Year


January was largely about preparing for a number of events we have upcoming as a part of our annual Saskatchewan Archives Week celebrations. On Sunday, Feb. 7, the team will be sitting a table at the Heritage Festival at the Western Development Museum from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. I will give you folks a little sneak peak of the “game” we’re handing out here:

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There will also be a Reader’s event at 7:00, Feb. 11th at the Roxy, where local celebrities will be reading excerpts from archival materials. Admission is free, so this is a great way to get out and engage with history, for anyone so inclined!

Ongoing also through February will be a series of films by Norman Christie on the First World War, taking place at the Broadway Theatre. For more information, go here.

On February 1st we saw the end of the Great War exhibition in the Link, and have been helping with the installation of a new display on educational textbooks (this one looks interesting, folks!). With the end of the Great War exhibit, we had the opportunity to draw for a life-sized copy of Edmund Oliver’s trench map, which went to Liv Marken of Student Learning Services.



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