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Queen's lecturer receives national archives award

Steven Maynard (right) accepts the W. Kaye Lamb Prize from Carolyn Heald, general editor of Archivaria, and Queen's archivist Paul Banfield, president of the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Steven Maynard recently accepted the W. Kaye Lamb Prize from the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) for his article “Police/Archives” published in the journal Archivaria.

The national award recognizes an article that advances archival thinking in Canada.

“I am thrilled to receive the Lamb prize,” says Mr. Maynard. “By presenting the award to a non-archivist, the ACA is inviting all of us to engage with critical issues of public access to information and with archives more generally.”

A research experience prompted Mr. Maynard to reflect on the relationship between policing and archives as well as the role of archivists in society. He wrote about his efforts to access historical documents from the Toronto Police Service (TPS) museum. Because the museum lacked archival policies and practices, he spent considerable time and effort getting TPS to disclose its historical records and determine which documents could be viewed by the public.

Mr. Maynard is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of History. His research at the TPS museum was for a forthcoming book entitled Infamous Men: Perversion and Policing in Toronto, 1880-1940 (University of Chicago Press).

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