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At the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Archives Association of Ontario, held on May 14th, the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives was named the winner of the AAO's Institutional Award.

The Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives is an Andornot client, using DB/TextWorks software and with a website and archival search site hosted by Andornot at

This site has grown in content and evolved in features thanks to the work of archival staff and volunteers, who are recognized for their work by this award.

The award is given to an archival institution that has contributed significantly to the advancement of the archival field or community, or has demonstrated a significant level of innovation and imagination in the establishment of outstanding or model programs or services.

Some notable highlights from the award announcement include:

"The level of professionalism in AMBA’s operations is particularly noteworthy as it has always operated with a single, part‐time archivist who is responsible for all volunteer training and supervision, research and reproduction services, processing, description, preservation, social media engagement and promotional activities."

"By strategically applying for available funds from provincial and federal sources, the Archives has been able to expand its archival storage; develop its website and upgrade it in stages, increasing its functionality and usability over time; create an electronic database of its archival holdings and then, later, host this database online and, again later, integrate digitized archival objects; digitize historic local newspapers; develop virtual exhibitions; and hire students to process archival collections."

"Through the efforts of AMBA’s dedicated volunteers – who provide around 3000 hours of service to the Archives annually – AMBA has been able to describe and make accessible its nearly 400 fonds, including thousands of photographs and over 500 maps; index birth, marriage, and death records; digitize local newspapers and Women’s Institute records; and index over a century’s worth of Renfrew County Land Records."

"As one of the nominator wrote, AMBA is “an excellent example of what can be achieved by a small archives with limited funding” and, as another nominator stated, “the accomplishments of this volunteer organization over its 28 year history are truly outstanding.”"

Andornot congratulates the staff and volunteers of the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives on their work, and looks forward to what they have planned next.

More information about all the AAO 2021 awards is available here.

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