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2009 News

Change in Prices for Scans and Photographs

Effective February 2,  2009, Queen's University Archives will update its pricing for digital scans and photographic reproduction.  The surcharge that had previously been added to images intended for publication has now been eliminated, allowing all users to publish images obtained from the Archives at the original cost (copyright permitting).  For more  information, please see the updated Price List or call 613.533.2378.

Land Registry Copy Books Moving

Due to preservation concerns, fiscal challenges, space constraints, and low demand, Queen's University Archives (QUA) has, regrettably, asked the Archives of Ontario (AO) to reclaim those Land Registry Copy Books pertaining to the following Counties in Eastern Ontario: Dundas, Glengarry, Hastings, L'Orignal/Prescott, Prince Edward and Stormont. On Friday, 9 March 2009, the volumes for these Counties were returned to the AO's Storage and Information Retrieval facility, located in Etobicoke, Ontario. Further information on how these copy books may be accessed in the future will be forthcoming from the AO. For the foreseeable future, QUA will still be retaining the copy books from the Counties of Frontenac; Lennox and Addington; and Leeds and Grenville.

New Hours of Operation

Effective 1 August 2009, Queen's University Archives will be ending its evening hours on the last Wednesday of each month.  In place of this, Queen's Archives is pleased to announce the offer of hours by appointment outside of the regular hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  The Archives will be asking a nominal fee of $5.00 per hour for this service.  Please note that under this new policy, appointment hours do not include long weekends, and are subject to the availability of staff.  We also require a minimum two weeks notice.

Anyone interested in requesting extended hours may either call us at 613-533-2378 or e-mail us at archives@queensu.ca.

Stones: A Guide to the Social History of Kingston

Queen''s University Archives is pleased to present Stones: A Guide to the Social History of Kingston.  Developed in partnership with Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Kingston Area Network (KANnet), the Penitentiary Museum, L'association canadienne-française de l'Ontario (ACFO) Conseil régionale des Milles-Îles, the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation and the City of Kingston, and with the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy, Stones provides five virtual tours of the City of Kingston:

  • The Jewish Experience in Kingston
  • Kingston's Chinese Community
  • Kingston's Early Black Citizens
  • The Gay & Lesbian History of Kingston
  • Kingston: Canada's Penitentiary City
At the end of Summer 2009, Stones will also present the "History of 'la francophonie' in Kingston."

Kingston’s nickname, “the Limestone City,” is a reference to the limestone buildings and bedrock upon which the city is built. The name “Stones” incorporates this element in addition to the idea that, as with stones themselves, communities and societies are only as strong as their individual parts.  Stones, therefore, refers to the various cultural communities and human elements that form the foundations of Kingston.

Using a set of social history tours that were designed for and run through Queen’s University Archives in 2005 as a starting point, Stones provides access to information on the history of Kingston, its people, events and landmarks through an online exhibit and virtual tour of the City of Kingston.  The tours are also each available as a downloadable audio file and enhanced audio file with photographs that can be transferred to a user’s cell phone, portable audio player or portable video player, directing users to their destination and describing the historical significance of each location in sequence along the tour routes. Each tour is woven into the greater context of Kingston society, and demonstrates the importance of each community in the development of the city.

Educational content has also been written for Ontario teachers interested in engaging students with social history research and promoting historical thinking. The lessons aim to foster habits of mind necessary for historical work in social contexts.

27th Annual Archives Lecture

'Not Going Gently Into That Good Night': Joan Finnigan Remembered

Queen's University Archives is pleased to announce this year's Annual Archives Lecture, titled 'Not Going Gentle Into That Good Night': Joan Finnigan Remembered by Sean Conway, Acting Vice-Principal, Advancement at Queen's University.  The lecture will be held  Thursday, 22 October 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Biosciences Building (on Arch St.), Rm. 1102.

For more information, call the Archives at 613-533-2378.

27th Annual Archives Lecture