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Alexander Fraser Award

Colonel Alexander Fraser was born in Scotland in 1860 and arrived in Canada in 1886. Shortly after his arrival, he became a staff member of the Toronto Mail. In 1903, Fraser was selected as the first Archivist of Ontario and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1935. He was involved in and assumed leadership roles in many local societies. He also edited and published many books and articles, including a two-volume history of Ontario.

The Alexander Fraser Award is given to individuals who have contributed in a significant way to the advancement of the archival community in Ontario. Achievements may range from written and visual work to involvement in organizations or participation in projects. This award is designated to recognize cumulative contributions rather than any single activity. Generally speaking, contributions need to go beyond a specific archives or community.

 Year Recipient(s)
 1988 John Smart 
 1989 Anne MacDermaid 
 1990 Mark Walsh 
 1991 Christine Ardern 
 1992 Roy Schaeffer 
 1993 Shirley Spragge 
 1994 Joyce Pettigrew 
 1995 Lucie PagĂ©
 1996 John Barton 
 1997 David Bullock 
 1998 Rev. Edward Jackman 
 1999 Lorna Whittaker 
 2000 Lutzen Riedstra 
  • Alex Ross  
  • Paul Banfield
 2002 not awarded 
 2003 Mary Gladwin
 2004 Mary Charles 
 2005 Brian Masschaele 
  • Jill Robertson 
  • Brian P.N. Beaven
  • Paul J. Henry 
  • Marc Lerman
  • Linda Chakmak 
  • Sister Gayle Desarmia
 2009 not awarded 
 2010 Robin Keirstead 
  • Jim Burant 
  • Karen Teeple 
  • John Lutman
  • Rodney Carter 
  • Ellen Scheinberg
  • Jennifer Bunting 
  • Patricia Kennedy
  • Carolynn Bart-Riedstra 
  • Matt Szybalski
 2015 Daniel German
  • Jean Dryden
  • Loryl MacDonald
  • Theresa Regnier
  • Suzanne Dubeau
  • Anne Hepplewhite
 2018 M.C. Havey 
 2019 Margaret Bignell
 2020 not awarded
 2021 Grant Hurley
 2022Iona McCraith

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