Welcome to the AAO!

The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is a volunteer-led organization that supports archival associations, those working in archives, and users and supporters of archives in Ontario. We are a network of archives and archivists providing programs and services, education, advocacy, and shared knowledge amongst our communities.

And we’d like to help you!

Why join?

The AAO provides a strong connecDr. Oronhyatekhation to working professionals in the community and opportunities to help supplement your formal education, and close enough that you can meet for coffee! Membership gives you access to:

AAO Events

You get discounted prices to educational workshops and the annual conference. Great opportunities to enhance your archival knowledge, including workshops geared towards students.


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Chapter Affiliation

Complimentary membership affiliation with one of the regional Chapters. Regional Chapters provide an opportunity to network with archivists in your area and optional membership in AAO Special Interest Groups.

Priority Access to Professional Advice

Members have priority access to the Archives Advisor Program for advice and information via email and telephone.

Off the Record

Membership includes a complimentary subscription to Off the Record, the newsletter of the AAO featuring technical and professional advice, 
special features on archives around Ontario, and information on
educational and employment opportunities. Student work is regularly featured,
including an ongoing practicum profile series that advertises your skills to
the AAO community! Contact the editor if you are interested in submitting a

Discounts at Industry Suppliers

AAO members receive special rates at Carr McLean and Brodart. Contact aao@aao-archivists.ca for further details. (You know you want some of those grey boxes for yourself.) 

Shirley Spragge Bursary

This bursary is awarded annually to a deserving student or recent graduate enrolled in an archival program and includes free registration and up to $650 towards attending the AAO annual conference

Extended Membership

Students that become AAO members while attending a recognized post-secondary program are eligible for extended student membership for two years following graduation.

All of this for only $30.00!

Dr. Oronhyatekha, one of the first Indigenous doctors in Canada, in his graduation photo from Oxford University. Photo from the Deseronto Archives Flickr, Flickr Commons licence.

Next steps?

1. Join as an AAO Student Member and get in touch with your local chapter

2. Connect with the AAO on FacebookTwitter and Flickr

3. Join in the conversation on the AAO listerv

4. Get involved with the AAO!

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

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


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