Shirley Spragge Bursary Winner

07 Mar 2017 12:53 AM | Amanda Tomé

The Archives Association of Ontario is pleased to announce Adriana Kolar as the Shirley Spragge Bursary recipient to attend the 2017 AAO Conference "Come Together: Meaningful Collaboration in a Connected World" in Toronto. Adriana has provided the following biography:

Reflective of Canada’s diversity, I am a ‘new’ Canadian with a Romanian and Austrian background. I hold a PhD in history and a Masters degree in history and French language and literature from the University of Vienna (Austria) and University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Working as a researcher (Heritage Ottawa, 2008-2009) and history teacher (University of Ottawa, part-time, 2008-2010), I became interested to learn more about archives and archival work from the questions of ‘where can I find this document’ to ‘how do archives work?’ and ‘who decides which documents are to be preserved and on which basis’? My volunteering with the City of Ottawa Archives was a crucial step in deepening my interest in archives. Subsequently, I enrolled in the post graduate program Archives and Records Management International (Online) at the Centre of Archives and Information Studies at the University of Dundee, which I will complete in spring/summer 2017. Additionally, I volunteered my skills to the Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario (MHSO) for their digitization project – transcribing, translating and indexing interviews from Romanian and German into English (2013-2015). 

Shirley Spragge was an enthusiastic, dedicated archivist, well known in the archival community in Ontario and across the country. While she was most closely associated with Queen’s University, she was involved in many other endeavours, including archival associations, historical groups, church archives, and university faculty work. In 1995, Shirley died from complications associated with lupus. For more information, visit the Shirley Spragge Bursary page on the AAO website.

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