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Title: The acquisition and preservation of labour union records in Canada
Author: Murdoch, Wayne James
Degree Master of Archival Studies - MAS
Program Library, Archival and Information Studies
Copyright Date: 1998
Subject Keywords Labor unions -- Canada -- Archives
Abstract: In times of shifting cultural and institutional priorities, the acquisition and preservation of private records by large publicly funded archival institutions is becoming increasingly problematic. Repositories are looking for new ways of meeting their cultural mandates while also dealing with reduced budgets and staffing levels. This thesis examines the issue from the perspective of who is to be responsible for the preservation of labour union records and where are they to be preserved. After putting the issue in context with an literature review and then by examining the juridical and social framework within which unions operate the thesis studies the question from two traditional perspectives: preservation solely by an archival institution and preservation solely by the organization or union. The thesis concludes by recommending a third option, a mixed or shared responsibility approach between the union and the institution, specifically, a cost-shared / partnership arrangement between the union and archival repository regarding the acquisition and preservation of labour union records.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/8185
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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