Welcome to the Archives Association of British Columbia

The Archives Association of British Columbia represents individual and institutional members, maintains resources for the public and the archival community, and advocates for Archives in the province.

Are you searching for archives?  Please visit MemoryBC.ca, our portal to descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Our mission is to foster the development of the provincial archival community in order to better preserve and promote access to British Columbia's documentary heritage. We assist the community through our Education and Advisory Services Program and the Network Services Program that maintains the provincial catalogue (MemoryBC.ca). See the About Us section for further details and how to contact us.

Honourary Patron: The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

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A Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Activism and Anti-Racism Initiatives

June 16, 2020

The AABC recognizes and joins those advocating for an end to racism, injustice, and violence against Black communities in Canada and abroad, and supports statements made by fellow North American heritage organizations regarding Black Lives Matter protests and Anti-Racism initiatives (including the ACA and SAA).

Racism and colonial violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Canada has been a reality since settler contact; colonial violence and institutional racism are embedded in archival practice; and, action against that violence and racism is both urgent, and long overdue. 

This statement alone is not enough and our executive understands that words without action are demonstrative of performative allyship. In order to support and promote anti-racism in archives and heritage, the AABC Executive Committee commits to accomplishing the following action items by the 2021 Annual General Meeting (May 2021):

  • the creation of an anti-racism working group;
  • the production of an anti-racism action plan informed by the needs of our community;
  • the development of an AABC workshop bursary for BIPOC community members; and,
  • the circulation of progress updates throughout the 2020/2021 term via our re-instated newsletter.

The input of our community is essential as we continue to develop our action plan, and work towards a reality of anti-racist archives. Please reach out to the executive through our incoming President, Jenny Seeman (aabc.president@aabc.ca) with suggestions, comments, or feedback, and we invite AABC members to join the upcoming discussion at our Annual General Meeting on June 17th, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.


The Archives Association of British Columbia Executive


October 5, 2020

 AABC seeks volunteers for Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG)

 The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) is looking for volunteers to sit on an Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) to support anti-racism action as a shared responsibility with the AABC Executive. Our executive recognizes that words are not enough, and is actively developing channels and accountability measures towards anti-racist initiatives.

The ARWG is part of a series of action items to support and promote anti-racism in archival and heritage institutions and the profession. Further the ARWG will ensure the AABC and its Executive are accountable to BIPOC professionals and communities, and are actively addressing and dismantling systemic racism within the AABC. The working group will assist in the development of an anti-racism action plan, as well as the development and adjudication of an AABC workshop bursary for BIPOC communities. The ARWG will also support BIPOC-only breakout sessions at AABC conferences and other BIPOC safe-spaces to be administered through the AABC.

The AABC executive invites all those who have an interest in fostering an inclusive and anti-racist archival community to participate in the conversation. If you are interested in joining the working group, please contact aabc.president@aabc.ca by October 18, 2020.


The AABC Executive


The Archives Association of British Columbia is proud to announce:

Archiving Activism

An UnConference

More information about this November 16, 2020 event can be found HERE.


New Workshop Announcement!

The AABC is pleased to partner with our BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) colleagues to present the online workshop "Preservation and Disaster Planning for Archives" in November 2020. 

Registration for this workshop is now open and more information can be found HERE.


Distance Education course: Oral History from Theory to Practice

Registration for this course is now OPEN! More information about the course can be found HERE.


 Webinars available for viewing

Access to previously recorded webinars is FREE for current AABC members (non-members $15.00).

Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections (July 29, 2020)

Setting Up Your Archives (July 8, 2020)

ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning (June 15, 2020)

Introduction to MemoryBC (April 30, 2020)


Posted: October 23, 2020

Librarian/Archivist-Stó:lō Service Agency (Chilliwack, BC)-Job Posted

The Librarian/Archivist is responsible for management and operation of the Stó:lō Archives and Library in accordance with Stó:lō Service Agency policies and best practices within the Archival and Library professions. The successful candidate will work out of the Central (Chilliwack) office.

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Posted: October 17, 2020

Archives Internship-University of Alberta Archives (Edmonton, AB)-Job Posted

In December 2019, the UAA acquired the archives of Campus St. Jean (CSJ), a French-language teaching institution at the University of Alberta. The CSJ Archives consists of 32 private fonds measuring about 30 m. In addition to textual records, the archives contain a variety of audiovisual and photographic material. The UAA requires an Archives Intern to assist with processing, arranging and describing this material in both French and English. The Archives Intern will also assist with providing reference
services to the material, and other projects as assigned. Most of the work
will be done remotely.

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Posted: October 04, 2020

Digital and Outreach Archivist-Simon Fraser University Library (Burnaby, BC)-Job Posted

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Digital and Outreach Archivist. This full-time, continuing position is based at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby.

Reporting to the Head, Special Collections & Rare Books, the incumbent will partner with SCRB and Library colleagues to arrange, describe, preserve, and promote access to born-digital and digitized
archival collections. The incumbent will engage in and coordinate outreach activities to promote SCRB holdings more generally and will also actively contribute to advancing the strategic objectives for Special Collections & Rare Books (SCRB) as outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.

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Posted: March 25, 2017

BC’s GLAM sector signs MOU to build capacity for learning and discovery

First among provinces, BC’s GLAM sector signs MOU to build capacity for learning and discovery Minister Peter Fassbender joins partners at Surrey City Centre Library for the historic event.

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