Thesis of Distinction Award

AWARDED TO: Individual(s) in the University of Manitoba archival studies program who receives a “pass with distinction” designation on the completion of their thesis. 

AWARD: Cash award

NOMINATED BY: Thesis examination committee

SELECTION: Thesis examination committee

DEADLINE: Determined by course instructors.

AWARDED: Spring OR Once an academic year

ADMINISTERED BY: Management Committee in conjunction with the University of Manitoba.

History of the Award: This award was established by the AMA in conjunction with the University of Manitoba and members may contribute to the award on an ongoing basis. Recipients of the award between 1994 and 2003 were determined by a selection committee comprised of the AMA Chair of the Board, the Head of the University of Manitoba Department of Archives and Special Collections and the Archivist of Manitoba.  The award was given to the student judged to have written the best thesis completed in the Archival Studies program in a given calendar year.  Since 2003, the award has been given to students receiving the designation "pass with distinction" from their thesis examination committee.

Past Recipients


Krystal Payne, Archival Harm Reduction: Utilizing Public Health Harm Reduction Concepts for Reconciliatory Power Shifts in Archives   


Samantha Booth, The Role of Archives in Indigenous Language Maintenance and Resurgence 

Christopher Calesso, At the Intersection of Archives, Human Rights and Museums: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Its Archives

Jason Carrie, Archives of the North, by the North, for the North: The Meaning, Value, and Challenges of Creating, Keeping and Running Archives in the Canadian Territories

Melissa Castron, Towards Transdisciplinary Archival Strategies: Canadian Cartographic Materials in a Digital Context

Christopher Kshyk, Transparency and Access to Records at Intergovernmental Organizations: IAEA and NATO


Jesse Boiteau, The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Pursuit of Archival Decolonization

Mary Horodyski, "Society Seems like it Doesn't Even Know...": Archival Records Regarding People Labelled with Intellectual Disability Who Have Been Institutionalized in Manitoba 

Sarah Story, Offering our Gifts, Partnering for Change: Decolonizing Experimentation in Winnipeg-based Settler Archives


Amanda Linden, The Advocate's Archives: Walter Rudnicki and the Fight for Indigenous Rights in Canada, 1955-2010

Sarah Ramsden, Defining "Community" in Models of Community Archives: Navigating the Politics of Representation as Archival Professionals  


Natalie Vielfaure, Medical Records Redefined: The Value of the Archival Record in Medical Research 


Jordan Bass, Getting Personal: Confronting the Challenges of Archiving Personal Records in the Digital Age 


Daniel Elves, Advocating Electronic Records: Archival and Records Management Promotion of New Approaches to Long-term Digital Preservation 


Konrad Krahn, Looking Under the Hood: Unraveling the Content, Structure, and Context of Functional Requirements for Electronic Recordkeeping Systems

Madeleine McLuhan-Myers, The Archival Web: Contextual Authority Files and the Representation of Institutional Textual Documents in Online Description  


M. Anne Lindsay, Archives, Willard Ireland, Regina v. White and Bob, and Calder v. the Attorney General of British Columbia, 1963-1973, and the Expansion of Aboriginal Rights in Canada. 


Alicia Rekrut, Reconnecting Mind and Matter: Materiality in Archival Theory and Practice


Heather Beattie, "The Texture of the Everyday": Appraising the Values of Women's Diaries and Weblogs"

Katherine Timms, Arbitrary Borders? New Partnerships for Cultural Heritage Siblings – Libraries, Archives and Museums: Creating Integrated Descriptive Systems


Diane Boyd, Franco-Manitoban Memory Online: "Au pays de Riel" as a Case Study in Archival Public Programming

Charlotte Woodley, Nature's Memory: Building an Appraisal Strategy for Ontario Provincial Parks, Algonquin Provincial Park as a Case Study


Bronwen Quarry, Photo-graph/Writing with Light: the Challenge to Archivists of Reading Photographs


Karyn Taylor, From Paper to Cyberspace: Changing Communication Technologies and the Implications for Personal Records Archivists


Kara Quann, Remapping Archives: Cartographic Archives in Theory and Practice at the Provincial Archives of Manitoba


Martha McLeod, Redrawing the Boundaries of Societal Memory: Introducing a Modified Macro-Appraisal Approach at the Great-West Life Assurance and the London Life Insurance Companies


Kathleen Epp, Telling Stories Around the "Electronic Campfire": The Use of Archives in Television Productions


David Horky, Archival Perspectives on the Evolution and Organizational Impact of E-Mail System Technologies


Mark Vajcner, Maintaining our Documentary Heritage: The Challenge of Electronic Records Archives at the University of Manitoba


Brian Masschaele, Memos and Minutes: Arnold Heeney, the Cabinet War Committee and the Establishment of the Canadian Cabinet Secretariat During the Second World War


Deidre Simmons, Custodians of a Great Inheritance: An Account of the Making of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, 1920-1974

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