Toronto Area Archivists' Group (TAAG)

The Toronto Area Archivists' Group is the Toronto Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario. Known as TAAG, this group organizes professional development and social events for Toronto-area archives professionals, including workshops, tours, and parties! We welcome collaboration with archives, libraries, historical societies, and other groups. 

TAAG also provides an award to the convocating student with the highest academic standing in the Archives and Records Management path at the University of Toronto's iSchool.

Check us out on our Facebook page.

 Name  Position
 James Roussain  President
 Emily Sommers
 Tys Klumpenhouwer  Secretary
 Andrea Mateka
 Member-at-large (Treasurer Elect)
 Celia Schmidt  Member-at-large (Communications/Social Media)
 Jessica Haskell
 Maegan Ayre  Member-at-large
 Julia Holland


Upcoming events

  • 09 Apr 2015 11:25 AM | Julia Holland (Administrator)

    taag is getting ready for the I Found It in the Archives Film Night! There are less than 10 spots left! If you did not RSVP by 6 April, and have not already received confirmation you are on the guest list, there is no guarantee of admittance!

  • 24 Mar 2015 9:00 AM | Julia Holland (Administrator)

    After an unusually long winter hibernation, taag will be "spring-ing back into action" in April so save the following dates:

    1. In honour of Archives Awareness Week, and in partnership with the Archives of Ontario, York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, and the Toronto Area Archivists Group (taag), we would like to invite local area archives to participate in our upcoming:

    taag is thrilled to announce that the “We Found It in the Archives Film Night” will go ahead on the evening of Thursday 09 April 2015 from 6-8pm at The City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road

    Let us know you plan to attend and RSVP to taag.chapter[at] seating is limited so RSVP today!

    IF you want to submit a film (and we are STILL IN NEED of more submissions), please note a change in formats accepted, DVD ONLY, more submission info. can be found at URL:

    We still need to receive the film submissions at the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections by 6 April - so have a peek in your vaults and see what you might have that is digitized and want to share with others!

    MANY THANKS to Carol Radford-Grant and all of the folks at the City of Toronto Archives!!!

    2. The taag AGM *Thursday 16 April 2015* with special guest Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator, Museums & Heritage Services, City of Toronto 

    “Booze: At Home and Abroad During the First World War”

    For more information about the TAAG AGM and the RSVP card, please visit URL:

  • 30 Jun 2014 11:49 AM | Julia Holland (Administrator)

    10 June a great time was had by all 33 attendees at the taag Annual General Meeting and Dinner - up the winding staircase at the Standard on College Street in the heart of Little Italy! Thanks to the AGM sub-committee: Siân Madsen, James Roussain, and Juanita Rossiter for finding us such a lovely venue! Julia Holland, taag president, led those in attendance through the fastest business meeting in taag history – Bev Darville presented the budget (we are solvent)! There is one other item of business to communicate to the membership here: Due to personal reasons, we needed to have a personnel change on the taag chapter executive, Siân Madsen, Vice president, has asked to become a Member-at-large and James Roussain, Member-at-large, has willingly stepped forward to take on the Vice president’s duties. This received approval at the meeting.

    Once the business meeting concluded, City of Toronto Archivist, Carol Radford-Grant, spoke about the recent Royal Society and other expert panels that have been taking stock of the Canadian archival system. She spoke eloquently and with enthusiasm about community engagement and highlighted some of the efforts the City of Toronto Archives have been making over the past year.

    Nicely tied in with community engagement, I can also share that at the recent AAO Awards lunch at the conference in Oshawa, it was announced that Manulife Financial was the winner of the AAO corporate award. This award recognizes Manulife for over 20 years of supporting its internal corporate archives, its commitment to professional development, not just of its own staff, but also to the wider archival community. The taag chapter has been a recipient of this commitment to professional development in so many ways - thank you Donna Murphy and congratulations on Manulife winning this award!

    On 12 June, Julia Holland presented the taag award to George Raine at the i-School Convocation Reception in the  Inforum. The award goes to one full-time or part-time graduate with the highest academic achievement in the Archives and Records Management stream/concentration of the MI program in the Faculty of Information.

  • 14 May 2014 9:23 AM | Kelli Babcock
    It is once again time to celebrate the Toronto area archival community! You are cordially invited to join the Executive of the Toronto Area Archivists' Group for the 41st Annual General Meeting and Dinner happening Tuesday, June 10th beginning at 6:00pm

    We are holding this year's event at The Standard on College (667 College), a lovely Little Italy restaurant known for its traditional dishes and relaxed atmosphere where we have secured a private dining room. Cocktail reception begins at 6:00pm, dinner served at 6:30pm.

    After dinner TAAG will hold its AGM, following which we are thrilled to present our after-dinner speaker, Carol Radford-Grant. Ms Radford-Grant is the City Archivist for the City of Toronto. She holds a MISt from the University of Toronto, an Archives Technician Diploma from Algonquin College, and a BA in English and Philosophy from Western University. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, she worked in a variety of records and archives positions for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Archives of Ontario, the Ontario College of Teachers, Algonquin College, and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Carol has volunteered for the AAO in many capacities including President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors, and President and Secretary of the Eastern Ontario Chapter.

    Please see the attached invitation for all event details and registration information. Alternatively, you may access this invitation online at:

    Tickets are 
    $55 and payment is to be made by cheque payable to the Toronto Area Archivists' Group. Please remit payment along with the registration form found on the second page of the event invitation by June 3rd to:
    James Roussain
    c/o Scotiabank Archives
    44 King Street West, 19th Floor
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5H 1H1

    PLEASE CONFIRM ATTENDANCE VIA E-MAIL with James Roussain at james.roussain[at]

    Consider joining us in celebrating our professional community. We hope to see you there!


    The Toronto Area Archivists' Group [taag]​​
  • 11 Apr 2014 8:01 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Copyright Workshop led by Dr. Jean Dryden - Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15

    Day one: How copyright law works. Day two: Archives-focused case studies.

    Manulife Financial Head Office, 200 Bloor Street East (between Church and Jarvis)

    Space is limited – RSVP to Julia Holland at taag.chapter[at]

    $150 for Day one, $225 for both days –

    See our flyer for more details & registration information:

  • 11 Apr 2014 7:28 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Hey, Toronto area archivists - Join TAAG for a much anticipated tour of the United Church Archives located in its still new home in the Toronto Christian Resource Centre on Thursday, April 24, 2014!

    Folks can begin gathering as early as 5PM, and the tour will start promptly at 5:20pm. The tour will run for about an hour and will be led by Archivist Nichole Vonk.

    The Toronto Christian Resource Centre is located on 40 Oak Street (near Gerrard & Parliament, in Regent Park). If you haven't already reserved your spot on the tour, email Tys Klumpenhouwer at t.klumpenhouwer[at]

    For those taking the TTC, check out the following link for directions;

    After the tour, join TAAG for casual pub night at the House on Parliament, located nearby on 454 Parliament Street ( Just indicate in your RSVP that you'd like to attend the pub night, and we'll make sure there are enough seats for everyone!

    See you there!

  • 11 Apr 2014 7:26 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Why not spend some of the new fiscal year's professional development money with taag?

    We have a great half-day workshop on housing archival photographic collections with conservator Rose Newlove lined up for the morning of Monday 12 May, graciously hosted at the Anglican Church of Canada.

    In this half day workshop we will explore the primary housing of photographic records. We depend on housing to support & protect as well as ease accessibility to these materials. Good choices are important and decisions depend on several factors such as type of photographic process, condition of the item, environmental conditions, budget and time.

    We will look at samples of housing materials and techniques for a variety of formats including cased, mounted, panoramic, loose prints and negatives and albums, then make some models as time allows.

    Here's what you need to know:
    Where: Anglican Church of Canada (80 Hayden St., Toronto)
    When: Monday 12 May 2014 from 9am to 1pm
    Attendance: min. 7 participants, max. 20*
    *we need to have minimum attendance reached by Friday 02 May 2014

    rsvp to Julia Holland taag.chapter[at] to get more details and a registration form to bring with you to the workshop!

  • 14 Jan 2014 8:35 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The Toronto Area Archivists Group (taag) and Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) University of Toronto Student Chapter proudly present:

    Kate Theimer of ArchivesNext

    Thursday 16 January 2014 at 5:30pm
    Maclean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
    120 St George Street,

    Space is Limited!

    Kate Theimer is the author of the popular blog ArchivesNext and a frequent writer, speaker and tweeter (@archivesnext) on issues related to the future of archives. She is the author of Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections (Neal-Schuman, 2010) and the editor of A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Our Users (Society of American Archivists, 2011). She is currently serving as editor for a series of books for Scarecrow Press on innovation across all areas of archival practices. She has been a plenary speaker on the subject of participatory archives at regional archival conferences in the United States and abroad. Kate has recently completed serving a term on the Council of the Society of American Archivists. Before starting her career as an independent writer and blogger, she worked in the policy division of the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.

    *The ACA University of Toronto Student Chapter, and taag would like to thank Loryl MacDonald, University of Toronto Archivist and President of the ACA for helping to make this event possible.

    Check the taag facebook page regarding this talk.


  • 24 Sep 2013 9:03 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    FALL/WINTER 2013-2014

    Wednesday, September 25 - 5:15pm sharp-6:15 pm
    See highlights from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books
    Meet on the 4th floor in the gallery space of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of theToronto Public Library - 239 College Street (between Spadina and Huron) Space is limited – RSVP with your AAO membership # to James Roussain at james.roussain[at]

    Wednesday, October 23 - 5:15/5:30pm [watch AAO-list for final deets]
    Guided tour of The Arts and Letters Club
    14 Elm Street (west of Yonge, between Gerrard and Dundas)
    Space is limited – RSVP with your AAO membership # to Tys Klumpenhouwer at t.klumpenhouwer[at]

    Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15
    Copyright workshop led by Dr. Jean Dryden
    Day one: How copyright law works. Day two: Archives-focused case studies.
    Manulife Financial Head Office, 200 Bloor Street East (between Church and Jarvis)
    Space is limited – RSVP to Julia Holland at taag.chapter[at]
    $150 for Day one, $225 for both days – see separate flyer coming soon for more details & registration form!

    Thursday, December 12
    Save the date for TAAG’s annual holiday soiree!
    More details to follow!

    To stay in the loop…
    Like TAAG on Facebook:
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  • 14 May 2013 9:06 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    You are cordially invited to join the Executive of the Toronto Area Archivists' Group for the 40th Annual General Meeting & Dinner happening Tuesday, June 11 beginning at 6:30pm.

    Cocktails at the Faculty Club start flowing at 6:30, dinner at 7.

    After dinner TAAG will hold its AGM, following which we are thrilled to present our after-dinner speaker, Professor ANDREW FLINN of the Department of Information Studies of University College London. Prof. Flinn lectures on archival studies and oral history and serves as Director of the Archives and RM postgraduate programme. An archivist and social historian, Andrew was archivist of the National Museum of Labour History in Manchester where he was responsible for the archives of the UK Labour and Communist parties. Andrew is an active member of the UK Community Archives and Heritage Group, and has researched and written extensively on issues relating to political activism and independent, grassroots community heritage and archive activity, including 'The impact of independent and community archives on professional archival thinking and practice' in Hill (ed.) The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping (London, 2011).

    Please consider joining this very special event marking TAAG's 40th anniversary.

    A vegetarian option is available on request, while the carnivores will dine on Chicken Supreme in a Mango salsa with vegetables, fruits, and fingerling potatoes. Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Cash bar.

    Tickets are $45 and payment (made payable to the Toronto Area Archivists' Group) should be remitted to:
    10 Morrow Ave., Suite 202
    Toronto, ON, M6R 2J1


    Further information regarding the AGM will circulate in the days to come.
    Be there, or be square....

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

Phone: 647-343-3334 | Email:


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