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Program Overview

Degree Offered: M.A.S.

Archives preserve the records created by public and private bodies and individuals in the normal course of their activities and make those records available for a broad range of societal purposes, including scholarly research. As such, archives are an important agency of many modern administrations (such as governments, businesses, churches, and universities) and are vital institutions in the preservation of society's documentary heritage. The role of the archivist is to plan and implement programs to appraise, acquire, preserve, and make available records of enduring value to society.

The archivist's work involves promoting and administering the systematic management of records throughout their life cycle, acquiring a broad range of materials of all media, and applying automation to problems of retrieving information from archives - all within a legal and regulatory context. Thus, while maintaining close links with the study of history, professional archival studies also have interdisciplinary links with administrative studies, legal studies, media and communication studies, and library and information studies.

The curriculum accords with the guidelines for archival education published by the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Society of American Archivists.

For information on the dual M.A.S./M.L.I.S. degree program, visit the Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies.

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