James J. Talman was the second provincial archivist of Ontario from 1935 to 1939. He subsequently served as Chief Librarian for the University of Western Ontario until 1969. Talman was appreciated for his gentle and intellectual manner and admired for his prolific publications, some of which include: Basic Documents in Canadian History (1959), Huron College, 1863-1963 (1963) and The Journal of Major John Norton, 1816 (1970).
The James J. Talman award is given to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding level of imagination and innovation in contribution to the profession, his/her institution, or the archival community, or have pioneered in any aspect of archival work.
Dr. Barbara Craig