As many of you already know, the OJA was the fortunate recipient of a Canada Cultural Spaces Fund grant from the Government of Canada with a matching gift from the Blankenstein family. This grant is allowing us to renovate our vault and public space in order to better serve our community into the future. Renovations are inherently disruptive but the staff of the OJA will do our best to minimize the effects. The following is our renovation schedule and how it affects you:
Pre-Renovation Closure: Dec. 15-Dec. 23
This clousre is necessary to allow us time to pack up our offices and reference collection and prepare the vault for the move. We will be closed to researchers and will not be accepting new donations of archival materials. If your need is urgent, please contact us and we will try to accomodate you.
Holiday Closure: Dec. 24-Jan. 2
The OJA will be closed over the Chistmas and New Year holiday period.
Vault Move: Jan. 5-Jan. 6
These two days have been dedicated to the move of our archival material. Thousands of boxes of textual records, over 60,000 photographs, our films, oral histories, and shelving will be moved out of our space to be housed in temporary quarters until the renovations are complete. Our collections will be inaccessible during these two days.
Renovations and Move Back: Jan. 7-March 31
OJA staff will continue to have access to our collections during the renovation period. We will do our best to accomodate your research requests in a timely manner. On-site research will be available for those who need direct access to the records. Donations of new material will be accepted.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your needs with an archivist. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you in our new space in April!