So, St. John’s has officially had its worst July on record, but when I went out there at the end of June (I left on the first of July and missed the weather, haha!) it was actually fairly nice. Sunny. Not particularly hot, mind you, but I’m not much of a heat person anyway.
I’m on the executive of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA) and we were having our AGM on the 29th, so off I went to St. John’s. The ANLA AGM is always a good time. You get to meet other archivists (there is always so much joy in finding other people who understand your occupation and deal with the same things), and there’s always a fun activity–plus I get to see all the people I only see on Skype the rest of the year, so I look forward to it. I got back on the executive, yay!
I was looking at art on the wall on the way to the AGM, and came across this piece of art by Daphne’s sister! It was in a display of art by Labradorians.
The AGM was held in the Education Building at Memorial University, so this year’s fun activity was a tour of the on-campus archives. Our first stop was the Folklore and Language Archives. They just had a big renovation, so it was nice to see their brand-new facilities! Some of the original recordings of the first Them Days interviews are held here, so it was exciting to visit. Apparently, I was so excited, I only took one picture:
Yep. Mobile shelving. THESE ARE REALLY EXCITING–I’M NOT EVEN JOKING.
In the MUNnels, some of the lockers are organized by letters, not by numbers. I thought this one was appropriate! (I did not, however, find ALC.)
In the maze of the MUN tunnels (MUNnels)
From there, we headed through the MUNnels and found our way to Archives and Special Collections
. I was there back in March, so I’d been there before, but this time, I got to go behind-the-scenes and see inside the archives, not just the reading room. Wow! It was quite extensive.
An awesome archival exhibit on WWI on the second floor of the QEII Library at MUN (Archives and Special Collections). Look at the little trench!!!
From there we visited the English Language Research Centre. This was a pretty awesome visit for somebody who uses the Dictionary of Newfoundland English as much as I do! They’ve got a blog too, called Twig. When we were there, we got to see summer students steadily plugging away at their work (just like Wallace and Robyn are doing right now!) and a really cool, custom-made typewriter.
One side is a standard English typewriter, the other side has the International Phonetic Alphabet.
And we also went to the Maritime History Archive. I’d been there a couple of times before, most recently when I showed up with a suitcase and a log of moose bologna in tow, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. (Daphne was also there recently when she did the Basic Archives course, and she felt the same way.) The Maritime History Archive is home to some of the most impressive, enormous collections I’ve ever seen. They’ve got a big need for a new space (space restraints, leaks, asbestos restraints, etc.) and I hope they get it. Seriously, they’ve got holdings like you wouldn’t believe!
We ended our tour at the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive. I quite liked their cozy space, and I felt very studious just being there, and seeing all the med students working away in the Health Sciences Library!
Nicole, showing some art while giving a tour of the Founders’ Archive
After the tour, some members of the executive headed downtown for a pint or two. It was during this post-AGM excursion that I learned one of the other executive members is a big medievalist too. I was totally nerding out. It was fun!
Nicole, me, Jenny, and Emily post-AGM.
While I was in St. John’s, I also popped around the bay and visited Charlie Pardy, who is originally from Cartwright and owned a store here in Happy Valley. You can read all about him in the most recent issue of Them Days! As always, Charlie was a delight to visit.
Charlie Pardy, me, and Beatrix.
I left on July 1, which is, of course, not just Canada Day in this province. Before leaving, I went to the Memorial Day service downtown. It was the first time I’d done that, and I was glad to go and pay tribute to the soldiers.
RNC horses at the Memorial Day service downtown