Alexander Fraser Award

Colonel Alexander Fraser was born in Scotland in 1860 and arrived in Canada in 1886. Shortly after his arrival, he became a staff member of the Toronto Mail. In 1903, Fraser was selected as the first Archivist of Ontario and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1935. He was involved in and assumed leadership roles in many local societies. He also edited and published many books and articles, including a two-volume history of Ontario.


The Alexander Fraser Award is given to individuals who have contributed in a significant way to the advancement of the archival community in Ontario. Achievements may range from written and visual work to involvement in organizations or participation in projects. This award is designated to recognize cumulative contributions rather than any single activity. Generally speaking, contributions need to go beyond a specific archives or community.




 Year  Recipient(s)
 1988  John Smart 
 1989  Anne MacDermaid 
 1990  Mark Walsh 
 1991  Christine Ardern 
 1992  Roy Schaeffer 
 1993  Shirley Spragge 
 1994  Joyce Pettigrew 
 1995  Lucie PagĂ©
 1996  John Barton 
 1997  David Bullock 
 1998  Rev. Edward Jackman 
 1999  Lorna Whittaker 
 2000  Lutzen Riedstra 
 2001
  • Alex Ross  
  • Paul Banfield
 2002  not awarded 
 2003  Mary Gladwin
 2004  Mary Charles 
 2005  Brian Masschaele 
 2006
  • Jill Robertson 
  • Brian P.N. Beaven
 2007
  • Paul J. Henry 
  • Marc Lerman
 2008
  • Linda Chakmak 
  • Sister Gayle Desarmia
 2009  not awarded 
 2010 Robin Keirstead 
 2011
  • Jim Burant 
  • Karen Teeple 
  • John Lutman
 2012
  • Rodney Carter 
  • Ellen Scheinberg
 2013
  • Jennifer Bunting 
  • Patricia Kennedy
 2014
  • Carolynn Bart-Riedstra 
  • Matt Szybalski
 2015 Daniel German
 2016
  • Jean Dryden
  • Loryl MacDonald
  • Theresa Regnier
 2017 
  • Suzanne Dubeau
  • Anne Hepplewhite
 2018 M.C. Havey 


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