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Department of Archaeology fonds
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- Source of title proper: Title of the fonds is based on the name of the body.
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1966 - 1986 (Creation)
- Department of Archaeology
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3.5 m of textual records
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The Department of Archaeology was originally established in 1965 as a program area within the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (P.S.A.). In 1969, the Department was removed from P.S.A. to become an independent unit within the Faculty of Arts. In 1971, it became a full Department. The Department is responsible, through its Chair, for the promotion of research and the development and delivery of programs in the field of Archaeology. The Department is involved in interdisciplinary programs both within the University and with external bodies, including the Institute for Quaternary Research (IQR) and Continuing Studies and Distance Education programs.
The Department is organized administratively into a Chair, Departmental Assistant, and a number of standing committees. The Chair is the chief administrative officer, whose responsibilities include the management of the operational budget; faculty tenure, promotion and salary recommendations; teaching assignments, and representation of the Department to external bodies, including the Faculty, Senate and Board of Governors. The Chair reports directly to the Dean of Arts. The Departmental Assistant is responsible for much of the day-to-day administration and the management of the departmental budget, the scheduling of courses, the provision of liaison with administrative offices, and advising students. The Department also comprises the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Radiocarbon Laboratory. The Museum Curator and Laboratory Manager reports directly to the Chair of the Department, who is the Director of each of these units and is therefore responsible for fiscal, administrative, and academic matters pertaining to them.
The number and composition of departmental committees varied greatly over time. Long-standing committees include Appointments, Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Curriculum, and Tenure. There is also departmental representation on faculty and university committees, including the Faculty of Arts Curriculum committee and the University's Articulation committee. The Department also struck ad hoc committees, such as the Chairman's Search Committee, when required.
Scope and content
The fonds of the Department of Archaeology consists of records created and received in the course of the administration of the Department and the carrying out of its functions of providing instruction and promoting research. The activities documented include policy and procedures development; the planning, initiation and administration of curriculum and programs; departmental and faculty meetings; faculty salary, appointment, promotion and tenure deliberations; departmental reviews; and the publication of journals and reports. The types of documents include meeting agenda, correspondence, course outlines and examinations, an external review, faculty case files, memoranda, agenda and minutes of meetings, and reports.
Immediate source of acquisition
The records were transferred in a number of annual accessions from the Department, beginning in 1981.
The materials were arranged by the archivist in 1989, with an accrual in 2003.
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Restrictions on access
Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
File lists are available.
Consult the inventory to the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology fonds, F-20. Also consult the inventory to the Faculty of Arts fonds, F-2.
As of January 2012, 33 cm of additional material have been accessioned but not yet processed. Please consult an archivist for information about using these materials; restrictions may apply. Further accruals are expected.
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Finding aid prepared by Bruce Schinkelwitz, Ian Forsyth, Enid Britt, Kadimola Lomamba (January 1997); revised October 2003 (accruals processed); updated February 2006 (file added) and January 2012 (series-level access points added).