Anna St.Onge

Hon. B.A. (UofT), MISt (UofT)
Director, Digital Scholarship Infrastructure
205D, Scott Library, York University, 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Email: astonge@yorku.ca | Tel: +1-416-736-2100 ext. 22374 | Fax: +1-416-650-8039

Anna St.Onge holds a B.A. in History and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Archival Studies and Book History & Print Culture. She has worked as a librarian’s assistant and archivist at the Ontario Jewish Archives, the John M. Kelly Library Rare Books and Special Collections and the Henri Nouwen Archives & Special Collections at the University of St. Michael’s College. She was previously chair of the Archives Association of Ontario’s standing committee on ARCHEION (a web-based repository of the province’s archival descriptions and virtual exhibits). She has published on the archival legacy of Dutch spiritual writer Henri Nouwen and Canadian writer Sheila Watson.As archivist responsible for digital projects and outreach, she promotes awareness of and accessibility to York University’s rich and diverse archival holdings and special collections. This involves developing digitization projects to transform analog records into more accessible formats as well as working towards a preservation strategy for the born-digital and electronic records that are being acquired or donated to the archives.

Collaborative projects

Selected Exhibits

Publications

Selected Presentations and Lectures

  • “It’s not supposed to be comfortable: affective responsibilities of archivists following the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).” Navigating the Web of Community: Archivists and the Ethics of Care, 2018 Society of North Carolina Archivists (15 March 2018), Durham, North Carolina.
  • “Do We Want to be Islands or an Archipelago? True Confessions of an Archivist, a Librarian and an Administrator”  co-presented with Mona Elayyan and Andrea Kosavic at Islandoracon Conference. (17 May 2017), Hamilton, Ontario. See: https://islandora.ca/camps/conference2017/schedule .
  • “What She Was: by Herself” : archival disappointments, hints, and spirits in the papers of Victoria Welby.” New Approaches to Victorian Studies, 9th Annual Symposium of the Victorian Studies Network at York (21 October 2016), York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • “Already Enough Ghosts: The Invisibility of Emotional Labour in Archives.”  Presented at Association of Canadian Archivists annual conference (on panel with Melanie Delva and Dr. Rebecka Sheffield). (12 June 2016), Montreal, Quebec, See: http://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/31367 .
  • “‘It’s nothing, I’m fine’: Acknowledging emotion and affect in archival practice.” Presented at Archives Association of Ontario annual conference with Danielle Robichaud, Julia Holland, Rebecka Sheffield (13 May 2016), Thunder Bay, Ontario, See: http://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/31366
  • “Archival Echoes: Too Weak to Survive or Too Far to Travel?” Archival Uncertainties: International Conference on Literary Papers (4 April 2016), The British Library, London, England, See: http://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/31067
  • “Getting Sh*t Done in the Digital Archives,” co-presented with Nick Ruest, Access Conference (23-26 September 2013), St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • “Archiving ‘From Below’: Preserving, Problematizing and Democratizing the Collective Memory of Hyphenated Communities in Canada,” co-presented with Gilberto Fernandes, Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference (13-15 June 2013), Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • ‘When appetite conquers rigueur’: documenting historical communication networks of Lady Victoria Welby (1837-1912),” Women’s History in the Digital World (22-23 March 2013) Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • “The Where of Your What: Geo-locating Digital Content” co-presenting with Rosa Orlandini. OLA Super Conference (30 January – 2 February 2013)
  • “Documenting and Providing Access to Networks of Discourse in the Papers of Female Intellectuals .” National Women’s Studies Association Conference (9 November 2012) Oakland, California
  • ’The one who gives his body | as a weapon to a warFraming Individual Experiences of World War II ServicemenArchives Association of Ontario (15 June 2012) Toronto, Ontario
  • “Democratizing the Production of and Access to Historical Knowledge: the online exhibits of the Portuguese Canadian History Project” co-presented with Gilberto Fernandes, Raphael Costa, Susana P. Miranda, at Canadian Historical Association Conference (28 May 2012) Waterloo, Ontario
  • “Call and Answer: Networking, Cooperation and Outreach in University Archives.” To present at TRY Conference (3 May 2011) Toronto, Ontario and Archives Association of Ontario Conference (16 June 2011) Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • “Archives providing access: opening subaltern history to collective memories.” Canadian Historical Association Conference (30 May – 1 June 2011). Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • “Mariposa Folk Foundation archives: celebrating Canadian music, creating conversation and nurturing nostalgia through digitization”. Presented at Music Librarian Association New York State-Ontario (NYON) Chapter Meeting (30 October 2010). Toronto, Ontario
  • “From fist press to fonds d’archives: tracing Finnish-language print culture in Canada”. Co-presented with Kirsti Niki-Salander at Book Culture from Below: SHARP Conference (August 2010). Helsinki, Finland
  • “Appraising and arranging ‘anonymous’ photographs: The photographic holdings of Jean Augustine”. Presented at the Archives Association of Ontario annual Conference (July 2010). Barrie, Ontario
  • “I published my paper: now what? Taking the final step in the preservation of research material for posterity”. Presented at the Endangered Archives Workshop at Harriet Tubman Centre (23 January 2010). York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • “Sheila Watson: anatomy of an archives” presented at Celebrating Sheila Watson Conference (24 October 2009). University of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) Toronto, Ontario
  • “Dear Henri, or, From Abbey to Zeman: an anatomy of Henri J.M. Nouwen’s correspondence”. Presented at Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God conference (May 2006). University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario
  • “‘I want to create a comfortable and open environment’ Henri J.M. Nouwen in the classroom”. Presented at Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God conference (May 2006). University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario.

Memberships and Associations

  • Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)
  • Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Grants and Awards

  • 2018. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to fund summer contract to support In Our Own Words: Decolonising Description in the Library and Archival Community project. $3078.00.
  • 2017. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to fund short-term contract to digitize Toronto Telegram negatives to support the City Builders Project. $2106.22.
  • 2014. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to fund summer position to contribute to audiovisual digitization pilot project: $4,928.
  • 2013. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to fund summer position to contribute to audiovisual digitization pilot project: $2,711.05.
  • 2012. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to Warkentin and Wise slide digitization and visualization project. Grant-writer
  • 2011. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to John Arpin sheet music project. Grant-writer
  • 2011-2012. Museums and Technology fund. Grant from Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for ARCHEION Migration Project. Co-author as chair if ARCHEION Standing Committee.
  • 2010. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to Allan Fleming Digitization Project. Grant-writer
  • 2009-2010 Received ACDP (Archival Community Development Program) Grant from Ministry of Heritage for Celebrating Folk Music in Canada: Mariposa Folk Festival 1961-1981. Co-applicant
  • 2010 EMC Heritage Trust Fund for Digitization/Metadata training project in collaboration with ARCHEION Migration Project. Co-author as chair if ARCHEION Standing Committee.

Press

Online Manifestations