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October 2017 – Announcements, Recent Events, and News from the CNHH.

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Welcome to the Sixth Bulletin of the CNHH!


The CNHH has been accepted as an affiliated committee of the Canadian Historical Association, at its Council Meeting of May 2017.

We are preparing a panel for the Annual Meeting of the CHA in Regina on May 28-30 2018. After consulting those who participated in the annual meeting at York last May, we have arrived at one suggestion, on “Humanitarianism and the (Visual) Media” and attempted to bring over international colleagues. Please contact Dominique Marshall ( before October 31 if you have additional suggestions or comments.

Jill Campbell Miller is interested in suggesting one more session on the history of aid and development. Please contact her ( ) if you would like to join, again as soon as possible as the deadline is November 1.

Events since the last Bulletin:

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the CNHH took place during Congress in Ryerson University. New member Katie-Marie McNeill wrote the account here: Fourth Annual Meeting of the CNHH, 7 July 2017. We were also joined by two new members, John Gilinsky and Rhonda Gossen.

Last August, the Match International Fund Catalogue of Archives was made Available Online. This is the fruit of a collaboration between Match, the CNHH and Archives and Research Collections at Carleton University

Research projects and news from members:

Sarah Glassford spent the spring/summer 2017 semester as a co-op intern in the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. She is now back at Western University at the mid-point in her Master of Library and Information Science degree, and looks forward to putting her newly acquired toolkit of practical skills and theoretical concepts to work for the CNHH after graduating in spring 2018. In particular, she has a new understanding of research data management (useful in writing SSHRC grants!), the challenges of digitization and digital preservation, and the ins and outs of archival appraisal, selection, arrangement, and description (all relevant to aid organizations looking to better preserve and/or access their historical materials). She hopes to take a course on digital exhibits in the winter semester, which also has obvious utility for CNHH projects in the future.

Chloe Dennis* is working at Carleton’s Archives and Research Collections on a series of lantern slides donated by CNHH member John Foster. The catalogue is here: Each of them is described when you click within the “series” on the left (click on the “…” and more appear.) Chloe produced this web exhibit to show the value of the collection:

Sonya DeLaat and Dominique Marshall continue to work on the project of a virtual exhibit on images of refugees and aid launched last Spring.

Ian Smillie and Hunter Davies have asked the CNHH to participate in an appeal to retired humanitarian and development workers to deposit their archives at Carleton’s Archives and Research Collections. The initiative is almost ready for a launch.

The CNHH has collaborated with the Carleton University Disability Research Group for a panel in the exhibition Envisioning Technologies devoted to refugees and disability. Beth Robertson is the Research Associate in charge of this initiative. The draft will be workshopped at the upcoming Disability | Technology | Inclusion A Symposium on Interdisciplinary Research, History Exhibits and Pedagogy.

David Webster and Greg Donaghy are preparing a collection of essays out of the conference Conference A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950–2016, Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada, December 2016.

Sandrine Murray continues her work as Research Assistant of the CNHH this Fall, combining her skills as an emerging journalist and historian. We have made a successful bid for an intern next summer with the MITACs Globallink program. The interviews will begin at the turn of the new year.

Marie-Claude Bibeau meeting with Dominique Marshall at the Global Impact Soirée, May 2017.

New posts since the last Bulletin:

Global Impact Soirée, by Sandrine Murray, October 6 2017.

Developing Today’s World: Cuso International, 1980-1996, by Nicholas Hepner, 4 October 4 2017.

Fourth Annual Meeting of the CNHH, by Katie-Marie McNeill, 7 July 2017.

Book Launch: Sarah Glassford’s Mobilizing Mercy, by Sandrine Murray, 5 June 2017.

The Fascinating Life of Dr. Florence Nichols, by Jill Campbell-Miller, 27 May 2017.

Sarah Glassford’s recent monograph, Mobilizing Mercy: a History of the Canadian Red Cross (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). The Network’s RA Sandrine Murray reported on the April launch.



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*CNHH  editorial mistakenly listed Chloe Dennis as Chloe Burns and apologizes for the mistake and any inconvenience this may have caused.