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2010 News

Lennox & Addington Land Registers Transferred to Napanee

Queen's University Archives wishes to announce that as a result of on-going space restrictions, and with the consent of the Archives of Ontario, the Lennox & Addington Land Registry volumes, previously held at Kathleen Ryan Hall, as of 1 February 2010, have been transferred to the Lennox & Addington Museum and Archives, located in Napanee, Ontario. Numbering two hundred and three (203) volumes, these registers document the settlement of land in those townships and urban areas, comprising the County, from 1799 to 1955.

As part of this transfer as well, are seventeen (17) reels of microfilm, these containing the Abstract Indices for the County of Lennox & Addington, including all Townships, many Villages, and the Town of Napanee.

Queen's University Archives wishes to thank their counterparts at the L&A Museum and Archives for taking custody of the registers in particular, thus ensuring that this important historical material stays in the region to benefit genealogists and others researching Eastern Ontario's rich heritage.    

Should anyone wish additional information regarding these volumes, please contact the L&A Museum and Archives at 613- 354-3027; or visit the friendly and helpful staff at their facility, located behind the County Court House, at 97 Thomas Street, Napanee, ON, K7R 4B9.

Queen's Archives Blog:
The Queen's Cabinet of Canadian Curiosities

Archives Stacks

The Queen's Archives' Blog, The Queen's Cabinet of Canadian Curiosities, is now online. Through this blog, we will be featuring new collections at Queen’s Archives, interesting finds in our established holdings, and special features from time to time.  Sign up for a direct RSS feed at https://queensarchives.wordpress.com/feed/.

Check in regularly at http://queensarchives.wordpress.com for the strange and wonderful finds from the Archives!


Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing

Jack McClelland's Coat of Many Authors

Queen's University Archives is pleased to announce the launch of Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing, a collaborative project of McMaster University Library's William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, Queen's University Archives and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto.  Launched October 2009, the aim of this website is to highlight archival documents relating to Canadian publishing history. These documents – letters, manuscripts, photographs, diaries, artwork, audio interviews, financial records, and many other materials – are found in publishers’ and authors’ fonds and collections at McMaster University Library, Queen’s University Archives, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Over 90 case studies, augmented with digital images, sound and video from partner institutions have been included on the site.  Each study tells the story of a particular publishing house, author, or book, or discusses some aspect of publishing.  Time periods from the 1800s to the present day are covered, as are many different types of publishing endeavours, from large house to small, fine presses and periodical publishers.  A wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, textbooks, children's literature, and academic publications are presented.  The site also includes a section on publishing and Canadian identity that examines such cultural phenomena as Canada Reads, hockey books, and the Governor General's Literary Awards.

Studies have been written by scholars from across Canada, including senior academics, librarians, archivists and doctoral and graduate students.

The site will be useful to researchers from many different disciplines, including literary studies, history, book history and cultural studies.

Visit the website at http://hpcanpub.mcmaster.ca

Queen's University Archives is proud to have contributed to this wonderful endeavour!

Finding Aids Now Available on your.archives

Queen's Archives is pleased to announce the availability of finding aids for our fonds and collections through your.archives.  In an effort to improve the accessibility of all our holdings, we have been working towards creating and posting pdf versions of our print finding aids, and linking to all the electronic versions that are available for researcher use.  This is an ongoing endeavour, so check back often to see what new finding aids are posted.

Queen's University Archives 28th Annual Lecture Helps Beth Israel Congregation, Kingston Celebrate Its Centenary

Queen's University Archives (QUA) is very pleased indeed to help Beth Israel Congregation celebrate 100 years of its presence in Kingston. Partnering with the Beth Israel 100th Anniversary Archives Committee, QUA staff have been processing this important collection of records, which was donated to the University and its Archives in 2008. In conjunction with QUA, the Synagogue has created a display of its past by creating a series of DVDs which are now available for public viewing through 20 May, at Otterburn House, located on 124 Centre Street, Kingston. A set of these will be presented to QUA at the conclusion of the display, thus allowing for the Synagogue's legacy to be available to interested parties in the future. Friends and supporters of the Archives are invited to view the fruits of this partnership, by clicking on https://web.archive.org/web/20130923080239/http://kingston-bethisrael.ca/100-years.htm

The Archives is also very excited to announce that this year's 28th Annual Queen's University Archives Lecture, to held on Thursday, 21 October 2010 at 7:00 pm, in Bioscience Complex, Room 1103, Arch Street, Queen's University Campus and featuring renowned Jewish historian, Dr. Gerald Tulchinsky, will be an integral part of Beth Israel Congregation's 100th Anniversary closing celebrations.

28th Annual Queen's University Archives Lecture

We are pleased to announce the 28th Annual Queen's University Archives Lecture will be held Thursday, 21 October 2010, commencing at 7:00 p.m. in Room 1103, Biosciences Complex, located on Arch Street, on the Queen's campus. This year's guest lecturer will by Dr. Gerald Tulchinsky, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Queen's University. The title of his talk will be "What's Special about Canadian Jewish History?" This year's Lecture is held in collaboration with the centenary celebrations of Kingston's Beth Israel Congregation. All are welcome, and parking is available in the Miller Hall parking lot, across Arch Street from the Biosciences Complex. Refreshments will follow the Lecture.