Northwestern Ontario Archivists' Association (NOAA)

The Northwestern Ontario Archivists' Association (NOAA, for short) was established in 1988 by a small but dedicated group of individuals with interests in archival studies.  Representing archives and archivists throughout the region, our main objective is to care for the needs of archivists and users of archives. To this end we promote the preservation and public use of historical records in Ontario and hold meetings, workshops and lectures to improve archival standards and practices in the field.  

Through our affiliation with the Archives Association of Ontario we are able to run AAO sponsored core curriculum, advanced workshops, and continuing education courses. Offerings include workshops on archival arrangement and description, acquisition, introduction to records management, reference and public service, media collections, authority controls and graphics.

For complete course descriptions and additional information see the Archives Association of Ontario's Professional Development Education Program Page.

 Name Position
Christina Wakefield   President
Louise Wuorinen Treasurer 
 Sara JanesSecretary 
 Michel BeaulieuMember-at-large 
Joshua Klar Member-at-large 
 Kathy TraynorMember-at-large 

Upcoming events

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  • 23 Oct 2014 12:29 PM | Danielle Robichaud
    The Northwestern Ontario Archivist’s Association is a sponsor for this year’s Annual Military Symposium Each fall the Lakehead University Department of History, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, the HMCS Griffon, and the Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council partners to hold a free symposium focusing on issues relating to the Canadian Forces.  This year’s symposium focuses on the First World War.  All are welcome.


    Symposium on the First World War

    8 November 2014

    O’Kelly Armoury (317 Park Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON)

    0830 to 1530


    For more information and symposium schedule:


    Christina Wakefield

    President, NOAA

    Records Analyst/Archivist, City of Thunder Bay

  • 01 May 2010 10:27 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    NOAA held a behind the scenes tour of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum and its archives on December 6th. Only four people attended, and while the tour was very informative and engaging it was recommended we not hold events in December as many other individuals wanted to attend but had conflicts that evening. Plans are still underway for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) Archivist speaking tour in Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, and Atikokan. The HBC Archivist, James Gorton will be giving the talk. He gave a similar presentation for NOAA last year in Thunder Bay. His talk focused on local HBC records and how to research from a distance. Thus far it seems like April 26th will be the start date for the tour, but more details need to be confirmed. Special thanks need to be given to the Ministry of Culture, as several of their local representatives have agreed to drive James to some of the destinations not serviced by an airport. We are all very excited to have such an exciting speaker back in northwestern Ontario.

    Plans are also underway for the NOAA AGM which will include a half day workshop on digitization. Speakers from the Thunder Bay Museum, Lakehead University, and the City Archives will discuss the digitization practices at those institutions. The Sunset Museum Association (comprising museums west of Thunder Bay) will be contacted to see if they are willing to coordinate their planned meeting in Thunder Bay with the NOAA workshop. Other historical organizations and all members of the community will be invited to the workshop.

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

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