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Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG)


Formed in 1994, the Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) represents municipal archivists, institutions and individuals interested in the preservation and use of municipal and other community based records in Ontario. Members of the AAO who work for municipal archives automatically gain access to this interest group, allowing for resource sharing, roundtable discussions and access to the MAIGazine, a yearly publication that provides members with provincial updates. Throughout the year MAIG hosts two meetings, an annual Open House at a members’ archive, and an Annual General Meeting, which takes place at the AAO’s yearly conference.

We are always happy to hear from our colleagues, so if you have any news, suggestions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

MAIG Municipal Archives Interest Group


Chair:  Megan Lockhart (Term: 2021-2024)
Vice-Chair: Amber Mandich (Term: 2021-2024)
Secretary/Treasurer: Gina Dewaele (Term: 2023-2026)

Registration Is Open for 2023 The MAIG Open House!

We’re very excited to announce that this year’s MAIG Open House will be hosted by the Bruce County Archives at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre! Please join us and our gracious host, Deb Sturdevant, on Friday, October 20th in Southampton, Ontario, as we explore museum exhibits, the collections and facilities of the archives, the Historic Saugeen Métis Interpretive Learning Centre (HSMC), and Aunt Annie’s Cottage. As always, a delicious lunch will also be provided by local caterers. The annual Open House Meeting is a great opportunity to connect and network with your municipal archive colleagues from across the province.

Visitors to the HSMC learn about the historic Métis community who lived, fished, hunted, trapped, and harvested the lands and waters of the Bruce Peninsula, the Lake Huron proper shoreline and its watersheds. Artifacts on display include Métis clothing, tools, bead work, wampum and more. Aunt Annie's Cottage was the home of Angelique “Aunt Annie” Longe, a Métis woman born on the banks of the Saugeen River in 1844. The home is one of the oldest in Southampton.

Please note: Some locations will be accessed by foot, so please wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for rain.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 27th to: Gina Dewaele, MAIG Secretary-Treasurer: or call 519-631-1460 ext. 154. Please make note of any dietary restrictions or allergies with your RSVP.

When: Friday October 20th, 2023 - 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

Where: Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (33 Victoria St N, Southampton, ON)


10:00am-12:00pm • Welcome and Tour of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, including the Archives.

12:00pm-1:00pm • Lunch and Conversation

1:00pm-2:15pm • Tour of the Historic Saugeen Metis Centre and Aunt Annie’s Cottage

2:30pm-3:45pm • MAIG Meeting

Building front of Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre.    Building front of the Historic Saugeen Métis Interpretive Learning Centre (HSMC).

MAIG Listserv

Stay connected with MAIG by joining out Listserv!

The maig-listserv is a group forum available to Municipal Archive members of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) and is intended to promote greater collaboration and information sharing between Ontario Municipal Archives and Archivists. In posting to this forum, please keep in mind the AAO’s Code of Conduct and be prepared to participate in constructive dialogue with your colleagues.

To subscribe to this group, send an email to 

Once submitted, you will receive an email from MAIG, asking you to "Join this Group". Select this option and re-enter your email address to subscribe. Once approved, you will automatically be subscribed to the Listserv - there is no need to sign in or create a Google Account.

To post to this group, send an email to:

To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

For more information about the group, or to change your personal settings, please visit:!forum/maig-listserv


The MAIGazine is an annual newsletter for those interested in Ontario’s municipal archives and municipal records. It is published and distributed by the Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) as a membership benefit of the AAO. Please click below to view the current and past issues.

MAIGazine Issues


MAIGazine No. 192023 
MAIGazine No. 18  2022
MAIGazine No. 17  2021
 MAIGazine No. 16  2020 
 MAIGazine No. 15  2019 

 MAIGazine No. 14


 MAIGazine No. 13


 MAIGazine No. 12


 MAIGazine No.11 


 MAIGazine No. 10


 MAIGazine No. 9 


MAIGazine No. 8


 MAIGazine No. 7 


MAIGazine No. 6


MAIGazine No. 5


MAIGazine No. 4


MAIGazine No. 3


MAIGazine No. 2


MAIGazine No. 1


MAIGazine A newsletter of the AAO's Municipal Archives Interest Group

Survey Results: Pandemic Recovery and Impacts on Municipal/Government Archives

The results from the Municipal/Government Archive COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Survey are now in. This survey was created as a collaborative effort between the Municipal Archives Interest Group and the Institutional Development Committee of the AAO to gauge and better understand how Ontario Archives are recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, and the challenges that archives continue to face. To determine how to best support our members during pandemic recovery, we asked Ontario archives for assistance in providing important information to the AAO Board and MAIG Executive, through completing this short survey. We had eleven archives respond in total, including nine municipal/government archives.

All survey responses from Municipal and Government Archives are available to view online here. Information from other respondents will be kept anonymous at this time.

Feel free to contact the MAIG Executive with any questions or concerns about the survey.

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