Professional Development

The AMA offers educational and training opportunities in archival principles and practices through seminars, workshops and lectures. Topics range from preservation, acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, electronic records, reference services, public awareness, advocacy and management. A listing of non-AMA professional development opportunities is also available here

Digitization Resources

Advisory Services Resources

Upcoming events

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • 200 Arlington Street

    Please join us to discuss about the City of Winnipeg Archives on Thursday, March 28th from 7 to 9pm at 200 Arlington Street. Our panelists include: Dr. Tom Nesmith, Michel Lagacé, Sabrina Jake and more. The event is sponsored by the Association For Manitoba Archives with the University of Winnipeg History Department, University of Manitoba History Department, University of Manitoba Institute for Humanities, and University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts. For more information, please email:

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Centre du patrimoine, 340 Provencher Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB

    Workshop Description

    This workshop will lead participants toward an understanding of basic archival principles, including appraisal, accessioning, description, preservation (including digital), and access.  

    These aspects of archival work will be explained in relation to the people and communities connected to the records, and the roles they have in relation to the archival materials. This includes the archival staff, but also the users, donors, sponsors and funders.


    Sarah Story

    Sarah Story is an independent archivist and an oral historian who provides memory preservation support to families, small organizations and community groups. Sarah is a board member of the Association for Manitoba Archives. She has an interest in archival decolonization.

    Sarah Ramsden

    Sarah Ramsden has worked as an Archivist at the City of Winnipeg Archives since 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Archival Studies MA programme and studied history at Brandon University and Queen's University. Her current research interests include information loss in municipal records and the history of parades.

    Registration Deadline

    Friday, 5 April 2019


    Member: $100

    Additional registrant(s) from same organization: $75

    Student: $75

    Non-Member: $150

    Cost Includes: lunch, health breaks, and any course materials


Digitization & Digital Preservation (from a 2016 workshop)

Digitization Planning - presentation by Brett Lougheed

Digitization Standards & Procedures - presentation by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson

Metadata - presentation by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson

Preservation - presentation by Jordan Bass

Access - presentation by Tyyne Petrowski

Archival Preservation of Digital Objects - presentation by Jordan Bass

Advisory Services

What To Do When the Filing Cabinet is Full?

This publication was produced by the Advisory Services Committee. It provides basic information on what to do with archival records and presents different options for their care. It was intended to answer questions that not-for-profit organizations or businesses might have in regards to their records.

Preservation Policy Guide

This guide to creating preservation policies is based on past Preservation Assessments. It may be used as a general resource and also to meet the criteria for AMA institutional membership.

Minimum Standards for Archives – a Self-Study by Nancy Stunden (1992)

The Self-Study Guide is designed to help archives examine how they are functioning and formulate development plans. By answering a series of simple questions about its organization, resources and services, a repository will be able to assess whether it meets the minimum standards desired by the Association for Manitoba Archives. To assist institutions that are deficient in some aspects, the Self-Study includes worksheets for recording improvement plans. The self-study is available for sale; please contact the AMA for further details.

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