James J. Talman Award

James J. Talman was the second Archivist of Ontario, from 1935 to 1939. He subsequently served as Chief Librarian for the University of Western Ontario until 1969. Talman was appreciated for his gentle manner and intellectual approach, and was admired for his prolific publications, some of which include Basic Documents in Canadian History (1959), Huron College, 1863–1963 (1963) and The Journal of Major John Norton, 1816 (1970).

The James J. Talman Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding level of imagination and innovation in contributing to the profession, his/her institution, or the archival community, or who has pioneered any aspect of archival work.


 Year  Recipient(s)
 1991
 James Anderson 
 1992  Peter Moran 
 1993  not awarded 
 1994  Michael Moir 
 1995  Jane Nokes 
 1996  Peter Hessel 
 1997  Joan Baillie 
 1998  not awarded 
 1999  not awarded 
 2000  Bob Krawczyk 
 2001  Jean Dryden 
 2002  Kent Haworth 
 2003  not awarded 
 2004  Mark Walsh 
 2005  not awarded 
 2006  Ed Phelps
 (posthumously) 
 2007  Jim McLaughlin 
 2008  Glenn Lockwood
 2009  Ian Wilson
 2010
  • Barbara Craig
  • Harold Averill 
 2011
 Cathy Shepard 
 (posthumously) 
 2012
  • David Sharron
  • Cathy Bailey 
 2013  not awarded 
 2014  not awarded
 2015  Heather MacNeil 
 2016  not awarded 
 2017  Nick Ruest 
 2018  Danielle Robichaud


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