As part of its celebration of Archives Awareness Week, the Archives Association of Ontario is pleased to release the third edition of the Ontario Archival Accessions Register.
Based on a survey of accessions received across the province in 2018, the OAAR presents basic information on newly acquired records, including the collecting institution, the record creator, a brief summary of the scope and content of the accession, outside covering dates, associated subject headings, reference codes or accession numbers, extent, and information on the relationship of the accession to existing holdings and descriptions (where applicable).
The OAAR was developed as part of the AAO’s Provincial Acquisition Strategy to provide a common place for archives in Ontario to share accessions information in a spirit of openness and transparency intended to encourage cooperation and collaboration in archival acquisition. The data is also made available to allow for analysis of collecting patterns and trends, enabling the archives community to identify gaps in the archival record as we work toward ensuring our collective holdings are representative of the whole province and all its people.
This third edition of the OAAR includes contributions from 17 archival institutions, together providing information on nearly 600 individual accessions received in the last calendar year. The range of participating archives is once again diverse, including municipal archives, community archives, university and college archives, museum archives, specialist archives and the Archives of Ontario.
Download the 2018 OAAR from the AAO website and see what archives in Ontario have been collecting.