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.

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 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

  • 06 Dec 2012 9:09 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Will give you the skills to be able to "wrap" some of your most precious collection items!

    During this hands-on one day session, you will learn how to make spacers, four flaps, phase boxes, clamshell boxes, and two-part boxes, all assembled in a handy kit that you can take away with you and apply in your own archives.

    Not only is this a great learning experience, it is an excellent opportunity to help better your collection and maximize you collection storage space.

    As this is a hands-on activity, participants are asked to BRING THEIR OWN HEAVY DUTY RETRACTABLE BLADE, such as an Olfa, with snap off blades- no scalpels, please. Also PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN pencil, bone folder, and a ruler- at least 18" long.

    Participants have a choice of attending on Friday 14 December OR Saturday 15 December 2012 (max. 15 participants each day)

    Location: Trinity College
    6 Hoskin Avenue
    10am until 4pm.

    Lunch can be purchased nearby at Hart House, or at Trinity.

    Registration is $90 for non-AAO members, and $70 for AAO members.

    To register send an email to AND mail payment to:
    10 Morrow Ave. Suite 202
    Toronto, ON, M6R 2J1

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    Dee Psaila is the senior conservator at the Archives of Ontario. Dee is very familiar with collections storage issues, as she worked to move the AO's collection to their new facility at York University in 2009. She also is a faculty member at Ryerson's Photographic Preservation and Collections Management Master programme, teaching preservation and housing. She has also worked with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture's Saving Our African American Treasures project. This African American Treasures programme circulates in different cities around the country providing hands-on preservation advice, in which Dee developed a customised box programme for public participants. Dee also wrote the print-on-demand title Design and Materials for Photographic Housing, which is available for purchase upon request.

  • 30 Nov 2011 9:11 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Calling All TAAG Members! Late breaking news. This year the TAAG Executive is going to introduce a New Year's Social instead of the traditional Christmas Party. Preparations are afoot for a wonderful bash. Watch this space for details as they become available.

    Happy Holidays!

  • 26 Oct 2011 9:12 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The Toronto Area Archivists' Group (TAAG) is hosting a workshop December 9th and you should be there!

    Preventive Conservation and Textiles in Archival Collections
    Presented by Caterina Florio

    The challenge of preventive conservation in archives lies in the extreme variety of materials and formats encountered. As material composition and content are inevitably connected, preventive conservation is intertwined with all archival functions. The workshop will provide an introduction to preservation management and its integration on the archival activities. It will then focus on the care, handling and storage of textile artifacts commonly found in archival collections. Participants are encouraged to submit case studies in advance to be discussed during the workshop.

    *About the Instructor: Caterina is a textile and costume conservator in private practice now based in Toronto. She has worked as conservator with several institutions including the Gallery of Costumes in Florence, Italy; Archives of Ontario; Royal Ontario Museum; Bata Shoe Museum; Textile Museum of Canada and most recently TIFF Light Box also as preservation consultant. Caterina currently teaches the course "Preservation of Archival Material " at George Brown College as well as being the Co-coordinator of the Toronto Area Conservation Group. She was also awarded with the inaugural Isabel Bader Research Fellowship in Textile Conservation at Queen's University. Caterina holds an MA in Textile Conservation from the University of Florence.

    This exciting workshop is being presented on Friday, December 9th between 1-4pm in the Combination Room of Trinity College, located at 6 Hoskin Avenue.

    Registration: $60.00 - Registration in advance appreciated.

    Please confirm attendance and direct correspondence via email to

    And remit registration payment, to the order of the Toronto Area Archivists Group, to:
    Archives Association of Ontario TAAG
    10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202
    Toronto ON M6R 2J1

  • 09 May 2011 9:20 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The TAAG Executive cordially invites you to register for the Annual General Meeting dinner lecture onTuesday, May 31st, 2011. It will take place at the Upper Dining Room of the Faculty Club located at 41 Willcocks Street and will begin with cocktails at 5:15pm.

    Our guest speaker this year is Robert Steiner, contributor to 'Better Off Forgetting: Essays on Archives, Public Policy, and Collective Memory'. A former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, Steiner is currently Director of the Journalism Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. After serving as communications adviser in the campaigns of two Canadian prime ministers, Robert recently completed a term as assistant vice-president of the University of Toronto, in charge of strategic communications. His exciting topic will be journalism and archives.

    Tickets for this event are $45. A cash bar will be open for the enjoyment of attendees.

    Salad Panache
    Roasted Supreme of Chicken
    Italian Tartuffo

    Vegetarian meal option available.
    Please report special dietary needs with your confirmation.
    Please register by May 27, 2011. Send payment by cheque- payable to the Toronto Area Archivists' Group- or cash to:
    Archives Association of Ontario
    10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202
    Toronto, Ontario
    M6R 2J1 Canada

    Please note that this event is generously sponsored by

    Please direct correspondence regarding this event, including confirmation and sponsorship requests to:
    Jonathan Lofft, President, TAAG

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  • 09 May 2011 9:16 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The Toronto Area Archivists' Group is pleased to present the following event:

    Law and Original Order: Legal Issues in Archives Workshop

    The law has a huge impact on archivists, their institutions, and their records. There are legal aspects to almost every function an archivist performs. The workshop will very broadly cover laws that archivists encounter in acquiring, preserving, and making available archival documents. Topics will include:

    • Legal issues in acquisition and ownership
    • Cultural property and tax laws
    • Freedom of information and protection of privacy laws
    • Copyright law
    • Evidence law
    The goal of the workshop is to introduce participants to the general legal framework that applies archives.

    Workshop Instructor:
    Loryl MacDonald has been the Records Archivist at the University of Toronto Archives since 2000. She is currently the President of the Association of Canadian Archivists and has served as president of the Archives Association of Ontario and of the Toronto Area Archivists' Group. Loryl has also taught the courses, Managing Organizational Records as well as Legal Issues in Archives, at the U. of T. Faculty of Information. She most recently guest co-edited the law and archives special issue of Archivaria. Loryl holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia.

    This workshop is taking place in the Combination Room of Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, on Friday, May 13th from 10am until 4pm. Lunch may be purchased on site.

    Registration is $70 for the general public, $60 for AAO members and $40 for students with valid ID. Please mail registration fee, by cheque payable to the Toronto Area Archivists' Group, or cash to:

    Archives Association of Ontario
    10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202
    Toronto, Ontario
    M6R 2J1 Canada

    Please confirm registration with Jonathan Lofft, President, TAAG

  • 19 Apr 2011 9:15 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    CNE ARCHIVES: MAY 12, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
    Speaker: Emily Beliveau
    "Women's Work and Child's Play: Women and Children at the CNE, 1879-present" (CNE) talk and refreshments will take place at the CNE Archive Building.

    A tour of the CNE Archives will be included! Lots of fun things there!
    This is a free event. Refreshments will be served.
    The Archives is located in the General Services Building, 2 Manitoba Drive (north-west corner of Fleet Street and Strachan Avenue). The General Services Building is north of the Princes' Gates and the east entrance to the Direct Energy Centre. For those arriving by TTC, there is a stop for the 511 and 509 streetcars directly in front of the General Services Building. If arriving by car, there is visitors' parking available on the grounds of the General Services Building.

    Please RRSP if you plan to attend-seating is limited. First 40-45 people will be accommodated.

  • 13 Mar 2011 9:23 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Saturday, May 28th is Doors Open Toronto, and once again the City of Toronto Archives will be opening its doors to let the public go behind the scenes. People can visit the Conservation and Digitzation Labs, talk to our experts and get a chance to view the rarely seen archival treasures of Canada's largest city.

    The City of Toronto Archives has also welcomed other archives in the region to display and advertise their institutions in our atrium. This is a great opportunity for those of you who have not the space nor staff to host a Doors Open event, to publicize and introduce the public to the work you do and the collections within your archives.

    This event would be impossible without volunteers, who kindly donate their time. Volunteering at Doors Open is a great way to meet others in the profession, make a few contacts, and show the public what archives are and how important they are to our society. If you would like to volunteer contact Jessica Algie for exhibitor or volunteer applications which should be completed and returned by FRIDAY, MAY 6TH 2011. Please mail, fax or email to:

    Jessica Algie
    City of Toronto Archives
    255 Spadina Road, Toronto Ontario, M5R 2V3
    tel: 416.392.0558; fax: 416.392.9685

    Remember, the theme of this year's Door Open Toronto is photography and architecture.

    Many thanks,
    Paul Sharkey
    City of Toronto Archives

  • 12 Jan 2011 9:27 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Historian Afua Cooper will speak on "Routes to Freedom: Ann Maria Jackson, Mother of Seven, and the Underground Railroad to Toronto."

    January 20th, 2011
    At the St. Lawrence Hall.
    157 King Street East. 530 pm
    Co-sponsored by Heritage Toronto

    Coffee/tea will be provided.

    Routes to Freedom explores the remarkable flight and life of enslaved Black woman Ann Maria Jackson who fled to Toronto via the Underground Railroad from Delaware with seven of her children in 1857. The discussion will reveal how Jackson, drawing on the resiliency of her African foremothers built a life for herself and her family during the middle decades of the 19th century Toronto. This story, firmly located at the intersection of class, race, and gender, demonstrates that Jackson and the hundreds of other Black Torontonians during that era, were part of Toronto and Canadian life, history, and culture.

    Further, the presentation will go back further in time and address the early history of Black people in Toronto by foregrounding the life of Peggy Pompadour, a local woman, who was enslaved by colonial administrator, and Toronto City father, Peter Russell.

    Both stories reveal the multidimensional nature of Toronto’s Black history. For some it was a place of freedom, a haven; for others it was a place of oppression.

    For more information on upcoming talks, visit

  • 12 Jan 2011 9:25 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The Archives and Museum Committee of the Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto is pleased to present an evening with John Ralston Saul , 'Friendship: Making Canada a Fair Place'.

    Mr. Ralston Saul will speak on his newest book 'Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin'. Books will be available for sale and signing.

    January 21, 2011 at 7pm (free admission)
    The Cathedral Church of St James
    King and Church Streets, Toronto.

  • 01 Dec 2010 9:31 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Come one, come all!

    It's the annual event archivists and the people who love them cannot miss!
    The Toronto Area Archivists' Group (TAAG) is thrilled to invite you to a party!

    Presented with the generous sponsorship of the Archives Association Of Ontario, the City Of Toronto Archives and Steam Whistle Brewing, the TAAG Executive welcomes you to join us on Thursday, December 9th, from 5:30pm, at the City Of Toronto Archives (255 Spadina Road) for this annual event.

    Food, libations and music are on us, so bring a colleague, invite a friend and come to the best opportunity in town for archivists and information professionals to meet and mingle freely - consider making a donation, too!

    Catering by Le Petit Gourmet. Member-brought treats most welcome.

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

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