Anna St.Onge

Hon. B.A.  (UofT), MISt (UofT)

Archivist, Digital Projects & Outreach
Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: +1-416-736-2100 ext. 22374
Fax: +1-416-650-8039

Anna St.Onge holds a B.A. in History and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Archival Studies and Book History & Print Culture.  She has worked as a librarian’s assistant and archivist at the Ontario Jewish Archives, the John M. Kelly Library Rare Books and Special Collections and the Henri Nouwen Archives & Special Collections at the University of St. Michael’s College. Currently chair of the Archives Association of Ontario’s standing committee on ARCHEION (a web-based repository of the province’s archival descriptions and virtual exhibits) she has published on the archival legacy of Dutch spiritual writer Henri Nouwen and Canadian writer Sheila Watson.

As archivist responsible for digital projects and outreach, she promotes awareness of and accessibility to York University's rich and diverse archival holdings and special collections. This involves developing digitization projects to transform analog records into more accessible formats as well as working towards a preservation strategy for the born-digital and electronic records that are being acquired or donated to the archives.



Portuguese Canadian History Project. Collaborator

Allan Fleming Digitization Project. Collaborator

Mariposa Digitization Project. Project Manager

Wyndham Lewis Digitization Project.  Project facilitator

ARCHEION Migration Project (2009-2012) Archives Association of Ontario. Chair of Standing Committee


Exhibits & Online Publications

Curator. Mariposa Folk Festival: fifty years of folk music.  To be launched July 2011 at Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario.

Project Manager, Extreme Modernisms: Wyndham Lewis Collection at York University. [online exhibit]. To be launched March 2011.

Project manager, curator. Mariposa: Celebrating Canadian folk music. [online exhibit]. Launched July 2010.

 Curator. Letters home: a selection of wartime correspondence from the holdings of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections [online exhibit]. Launched November 2010.

 Contributor. Exhibition of Armorial Bookplates by Gordon Macpherson 21 April - 31 May 2008 at John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario.



Sheila Watson Archives. Published by University of St. Michaels College Library 2009. Available online through the Internet Archive at: .

 “A Rich Harvest: Henri Nouwen’s Archival Legacy" co-authored with Gabrielle Earnshaw. Jonathan Bengtson and Gabrielle Earnshaw (eds.) Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God. (New York: Orbis, 2008): pp. 122-134. *Publication received first place in the category of Pastoral Ministry in the 2008 Catholic Press Association Book Awards.


Selected Presentations and Lectures

(pending) “Call and Answer: Networking, Cooperation and Outreach in University Archives.” To present at TRY Conference (3 May 2011) Toronto, Ontario and Archives Association of Ontario Conference (16 June 2011) Thunder Bay, Ontario.

(pending) “Archives providing access: opening subaltern history to collective memories.”  To present at Canadian Historical Association Conference (30 May – 1 June 2011). Fredericton, New Brunswick.

“Mariposa Folk Foundation archives: celebrating Canadian music, creating conversation and nurturing nostalgia through digitization”. Presented at Music Librarian Association New York State-Ontario (NYON) Chapter Meeting (30 October 2010). Toronto, Ontario.

“From fist press to fonds d’archives: tracing Finnish-language print culture in Canada”. Co-presented with Kirsti Niki-Salander at Book Culture from Below: SHARP Conference (August 2010). Helsinki, Finland.

“Appraising and arranging ‘anonymous’ photographs: The photographic holdings of Jean Augustine”. Presented at the Archives Association of Ontario annual Conference (July 2010). Barrie, Ontario.

“I published my paper: now what? Taking the final step in the preservation of research material for posterity”. Presented at the Endangered Archives Workshop at Harriet Tubman Centre (23 January 2010). York University, Toronto, Ontario.

 “Sheila Watson: anatomy of an archives” presented at Celebrating Sheila Watson Conference (24 October 2009). University of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) Toronto, Ontario.

"Dear Henri, or, From Abbey to Zeman: an anatomy of Henri J.M. Nouwen’s correspondence". Presented at Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God conference (May 2006). University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario.

 “‘I want to create a comfortable and open environment’ Henri J.M. Nouwen in the classroom”. Presented at Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God conference (May 2006). University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario.


Societies & Memberships

Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)

 Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP)

Canadian Historical Society (CHA)

Society of American Archivists (SAA)



2010. YCW (Young Canada Works) Grant from Ministry of Heritage to Allan Fleming Digitization Project.

2009-2010 Received ACDP (Archival Community Development Program) Grant from Ministry of Heritage for Celebrating Folk Music in Canada: Mariposa Folk Festival 1961-1981.      

2010  EMC Heritage Trust Fund for Digitization/Metadata training project in collaboration with ARCHEION Migration Project (as chair of ARCHEION Standing Committee).      



6 July 2010    “Legendary Mariposa going digital : York University launches online festival archives”. Orillia Packet and Times

6 July 2010    "Mariposa looks back at 50 Years of folk fest"

July 2010    "A living history : Safely stored at York University, the Mariposa Folk Festival archives are being digitized for online access” Orillia Today


Online Manifestations

Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections blog

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