Special Collections welcomes Chris Halonen to the position of University Records Archivist.
In this position, Chris will work with university departments across campus to coordinate the transfer of materials of archival value to the newly allocated Gage Street storage space.
Chris’s position was created following a major survey conducted in late-2008/early-2009 to identify inactive paper records maintained and stored by university departments.
This survey, led by University Records Manager, Carolyn Dirks, found that many departments are storing records with historical value, such as old committee minutes, reports, course outlines, publications, and photographs.
"The identified materials are those no longer needed for current university business and administration," Chris explains. "If the departments are willing to transfer these materials to the archives, they will free up significant storage and filing space, and also ensure that we can preserve the University’s history."
Chris arrives at Waterloo with significant archives experience. He has held Archivist positions at the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Archives, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Archives, the York University Archives, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and most recently, at the Ontario Jewish Archives.
In addition to working in archives, Chris also taught archives and records management full-time at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information in 2007 and at the University of Maryland (College Park) College of Information from 1998 to 2001.
Outside the archives, Chris' interests include old movies, jazz, and collecting old typewriters. "I also collect old DOS & Windows 3.1 software, which sometimes comes in handy for my archives work."
A warm welcome to Chris!