Durham Region Area Archives Group (DRAAG)

The Durham Region Area Archives Group (DRAAG) is an advocacy and support group for the history of Durham Region. The group, made up of Durham’s archives and libraries, works to promote and preserve the shared documentary heritage of Durham Region.

For more information on DRAAG visit our website or check us out on Facebook and @DurhamArchives on Twitter.


In June 2011, archivists and local history librarians from several different sites in the Durham Region met to discuss forming an advocacy group that would work to make researching the interconnected and yet separate histories of our area more easily accessible.

To this end, a website was created that could act as a portal for researchers allowing them quick access to our collections from one spot.  The group also pledged to work together to promote heritage events in the area as well as develop joint exhibits highlighting the area’s history.

Discussion began concerning expanding the role or mission of the group.  Beyond being an advocacy group, it was felt that the group could work more proactively to increase the awareness of our collections in the community by hosting workshops and speakers.  The members felt that formalizing the group as a Chapter of the AAO would provide us with the support and structure needed to move the group forward.

In the fall of 2012, the Durham Region Area Archivist Group formally became the newest chapter of the AAO.  The group holds an annual event to celebrate Archives Awareness Week in April, as well as a Christmas Social. 

Name Position 

 Sarah Ferencz, Whitby Public Library

Charles Taws, Clarington Museums and ArchivesVice-chair 
Erin Walsh, Port Hope ArchivesTreasurer 
Barb Duff, Robert McLaughlin GallerySecretary 
  • 10 Mar 2015 12:48 PM | Jennifer Weymark

    Archives Awareness week is fast approaching and once again DRAAG is celebrating in a virtual way!

    Join us as we not only "Meet the Archivist" but also learn more about "My Favourite Item" in our week and a half long online event starting April 1, 2015. Visit our website to learn more about our members and items from their collections.  Members will introduce us to some truly unique and amazing items that can be found with their archives and tell us just why these items are their favourite!


  • 09 May 2012 10:52 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    At the April 13, 2012 AAO Executive Board meeting a motion was made and approved for the formation of a new Chapter - the Durham Region Area Archives Group. For more information, please contact either Shelley Respondek or Jennifer Weymark.

Address: 411 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5A 3S5

Phone: 647-343-3334 | Email: aao@aao-archivists.ca


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