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Queen's Archives Home to New University Historian

Queen's University Archives is very pleased indeed to be chosen the "home away from home" for the new University Historian, Dr. Duncan McDowall. Following the recent announcement of his appointment, University Archivist, Paul Banfield, stated he, Archivist (University Records) Deirdre Bryden, and the remaining staff of the Archives, look forward to welcoming and working with Dr. McDowall over the next three years, as he chronicles the history of the University from 1961-2004, in all its fascinating and myriad guises. "It will be a real pleasure to have such a long-time friend and ardent supporter of Queen's University Archives present everyday in our Reading Room," said Banfield, "and we will certainly be assisting in the planning and celebration of the launch of Volume Three in time for the University's 175th Anniversary in 2016!"

Dr. McDowall can now be reached at Kathleen Ryan Hall, either by phoning 613-533-6000, ext. 75823; or via email: mcdowall@queensu.ca

For more information, see the article on the Queen's News Centre at https://web.archive.org/web/20101228005521/http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/third-volume-official-history-queens-be-written

Stones Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Queen's University Archives is pleased to invite you to visit Stones: A Guide to the Social History of Kingston, located at: http://www.stoneskingston.ca/black-history/ to embark on a virtual tour of "The Stories and Accomplishments of Some of Kingston's Early Black Citizens, 1780 to 1950."

Stones: A Guide to the Social History of Kingston

Celebrating Royalty: Royal Visits to Kingston

Queen's University Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a new web exhibit, Celebrating Royalty: Royal Visits to Kingston. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with a live exhibit on display in the foyer of Kathleen Ryan Hall from May to October 2011.

The exhibit examines royal visits to Kingston from the planning and preparation phase through the visits themselves, with an additional look at how the population reacted to the occasions, using photographs and documents found in Queen's University Archives and the City of Kingston Archives.

Queen's Archives Launches Twitter Feed

Queen's University Archives is pleased to announce the launch of our Twitter feed @queensarchives on #AskArchivists day, 9 June 2011.

Follow us for updates from the Archives, announcements or special features, or just to find out where we are exhibiting.

Follow queensarchives on Twitter

Queen's Archives Sponsors Kingston WritersFest Author

Queen's University Archives is proud to be an Author Patron for the 2011 Kingston WritersFest! Our sponsored Author is Governor-General Award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen. Queen's Archives is the official repository for Ms. Schoemperlen's papers. For more details on the archival materials we hold, check out our database at http://archives.queensu.ca/search-our-collections, or check our blog entry at http://queensarchives.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/kingston-writersfest/

29th Annual Archives Lecture
"It can't happen here?": Chuck Edwards and the Challenge to Limestone Liberalism at Queen's, 1968-1970

For four traumatic months in the fall of 1969 and the winter of 1970, Queen's campus was galvanized by the Edwards Affair, which plunged the university into the mainstream of Sixties student activism.

Allegations of political persecution and Mounties snooping on campus boiled over and resulted in a full-blown inquiry that obliged the whole university to look closely at the liberal values it had long cherished.

Queen's University Archives is pleased to announce this year's Annual Archives Lecture, titled "It can't happen here?": Chuck Edwards and the Challenge to Limestone Liberalism at Queen's, 1968-1970 by Dr. Duncan McDowall, Queen's University Historian. The lecture will be heldThursday, 20 October 2011 at 7:00 pm in Robert Sutherland Hall, Rm. 202.

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

29th Annual Archives Lecture

Archives Researcher Wins Award

Queen's Archives would like to congratulate Renata Colwell for winning the Catherine Brown Essay Prize, for the best 200-level history essay at Queen's, for her paper "'Adapted to Women': Female Experience at Rockwood Asylum, 1857-1897." Renata's paper was based on archival research carried out at Queen's Archives in conjunction with the Providence Care Archives. Renata's paper will be published in the University of Western Ontario's undergraduate history journal, the Mirror, in March 2012.