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Archival Organization and the Collecting Mandate

Archives and Special Collections collects original archival materials, regardless of format, that document University of Regina history and that enhance the University’s teaching and research programs. These collected materials are intended to contribute to the academic and cultural heritage of the University and are preserved and made available for use by faculty, staff, and students and by any interested persons outside the University.

Materials are acquired both from University units and from private donors.

The Archives was established as a separate section of the University Library in 1979 but the first archival collections had been acquired four years earlier in 1975. In the early 1980s the Archives acquired several collections by way of Ron Robbins, the head of the School of Journalism. These collections related either to journalists or writers that Robbins was acquainted with. Even after his retirement to Victoria, Robbins kept the University of Regina and its Archives in mind. In 1991 Robbins arranged the donation of the letters of Florence Kirk, then also living in retirement in Victoria. The letters arrived in October 1991 together with several copies of Kirk’s autobiography, Sunshine and Storm: A Canadian Teacher in China, 1932-1950, several short publications, and a family history which gives a graphic account of how she journeyed from Ontario to Saskatchewan with her family in 1911.

Before sending the letters on to the Archives, Kirk arranged them in date order, an order that was preserved by the Archives in its organization of the materials.

Mark Vajcner, University Archivist
September 2010

Last Revision: 2010-Sep-10