Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Monday, May 25, 2009

CCGS Awarded the Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award for Archival Excellence

Cumberland County Genealogical Society has been awarded the Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award for Archival Excellence.

The presentation was made at the Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA) Spring Conference Award Supper on May 21, 2009 in Halifax for their production of the Down Memory Lane, Seniors’ Video Documentary Series which included interviews, pictures and family trees of forty one Cumberland County seniors. Susan Hill accepted the award on behalf of the Society from Pauline MacLean, Past-President of CNSA.

The Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award was established by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives in 1988 as a memorial to Dr. Blakeley's many contributions to the world of archives, and as recognition for current work accomplished within that tradition. The award is presented annually to a CNSA member institution or organization displaying outstanding accomplishments in the archival field.

The award is intended to recognize exemplary projects which have focused in some way upon archival holdings; or have promoted the concept and value of archives; or have displayed excellence relating to a specific archival function (accessioning; appraisal; arrangement and description; and public service) and which have lasting archival value.

The winner receives the Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award plaque, suitably engraved, to be retained for one year for display purposes; plus a Certificate of Recognition and a $200 gift certificate from the Society of American Archivists publications catalogue.

An institution or an organization which is a current member in good standing of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives can apply.

Who was Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley? In 1982 Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley, CM, D.Litt., LL.D. (1922-1986) became the first female Provincial Archivist in Nova Scotia. Her forty-year career, primarily as an archivist, but also as an historian, author, editor, educator and community worker, touched two generations of Nova Scotians and exemplified the highest standards of excellence in archival endeavour and integrity. The acquisition, preservation and dissemination of regional history through the creation of local archives was an area of particular concern to her, as was the development of high standards for archival processing work.
We at the CCHN would like to congradulate the Cumberland County Genealogical Society on their achivement.

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