The Library welcomes Anita Streicher to Special Collections as the new Project Archivist appointed to review and process the Department’s recently acquired Electrohome Ltd. Collection.
Since beginning in July, Anita has been surveying the Electrohome collection and arranging and describing the files to assist future researchers in accessing and understanding this rich local collection.
The Electrohome archive is one of the Department’s most notable acquisitions of the year, donated by owner John A. Pollock upon closure of the company’s Victoria Street location in Kitchener. With his generous donation, Special Collections has received the entire archives spanning 92 boxes, with the exception of large artifacts that have been accepted by the Doon Heritage Crossroads Museum.
|Stacy McLennan from Doon Heritage Crossroads and Anita review a selection of Electrohome materials during a recent visit by Stacy to Special Collections.|
When describing her experience in working with the materials so far, Anita quickly notes their relationship to the Department’s other strong local collections. “There are so many wonderful collections here, especially relating to local history, and it is interesting learning about them and the connections between them,” she says.
Anita arrives at the Library after completing her Master of Information Studies degree from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Although experienced with archival work, she is somewhat of an accidental archivist, having been trained as a librarian with interests in information literacy, cataloguing, and special collections.
As a native to the Waterloo region, she is happy to be back in the area again and describes herself as, once again, "enjoying the area, its rich heritage, and beautiful, bountiful farmland!"