Twelve Days of Archives

Here we are again with another rendition of everyone’s favourite holiday tradition! That’s right, its the 12 Days of Archives! Sing it loud everyone…

One the first day of Christmas my Archives gave to me…

Twelve Christmas Print Blocks

12 Xmas Print Blocks

Eleven Night Club Matchbooks

11nightclubmatchbooksTen Figure Skaters

a-1011Nine USask Pennants

9usaskpennantsEight Aerial Photos

8aerialphotosSeven Christmas Novels

7christmasnovelsSix Sappho Postcards

6sapphopostcardsFive Shiny Plaques

5shinyplaquesFour Halibut

4halibutThree Hot Drinks

3drinksTwo Beer in Love


and a partridge in a library!1partridgePartridge painting, Copyright Kate Hodgson, 1998

Co-operative books in the University Archives and Special Collections

a-9982022The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives was established on the University of Saskatchewan campus in 1984.  Its stated mandate is to be an “interdisciplinary centre of higher learning that provides people with conceptual and informational tools to understand co-operatives
and to develop them as solutions to economic and social needs.” The current work of the centre is perhaps best captured on their blog, Contemplating Co-ops.

To meet their mandate, the Centre quickly developed a library with a broad range of resources on co-operatives and their operation both in Saskatchewan and around the world. Recently, several of these books were transported to UASC, complimenting co-operative centric archival collections such as the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool fonds, the 25th Theatre a-9982021fonds and more,

Given the province’s history with co-operatives, from the early days of the Wheat Pool, to Tommy Douglas and the CCF, to  the groceries, credit unions, and art and theatre collectives that flourish in the province today, it is not surprising that a school devoted to the study of co-operatives was founded here.

The images shown provide a small sampling of the types of books included in this comprehensive collection, and should provide inspiration for the various ways in which co-operatives can be studied.


Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity

Using the Collections

In Making a Scene: Lesbians and Community Across Canada, 1964-84 (UBC Press 2015) author Liz Millward generously acknowledged the Richards collection at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan for documenting the participation of lesbians in both social and political groups in the Canadian West.


In the summer of 2015 Shawna Lipton of Washington State University Vancouver travelled to Saskatoon to explore lesbian titles in the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity. She returned to Saskatoon in September for a public presentation of her findings with Prof. Ann Martin of the U of S English Department. Titled Returning to the Well: Radclyffe Hall and the Marketing of Lesbian Pulp Fiction the presentation examined how the Well of Loneliness and Hall’s iconic lesbian status, affected the content and marketing of preStonewall lesbian fiction. The Library used this opportunity to greatly expand its collection of Hall titles, including sheet music based upon on her early poems

April 2016 brought a visit by Kevin Allen of the Calgary Gay History Project who discovered material about gay organizing in Calgary in the 1970s at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, particularly dealing with participation in Prairie and National Gay Rights Conferences and the networking of private member gay social clubs that existed in Prairie cities in the 1970s.

Jonathan Petrychn, a doctoral candidate at York University, visited the Provincial and University Archives in June 2016, finding material for his thesis on the history of LGBT film festivals and screenings on the Canadian Prairies.