Brian Hallett Receives the First CANB Volunteer Award

Brian Hallett

Brian Hallett in 2012 attending the York-Sunbury Historical Society, Ltd. Christmas Luncheon.

The York-Sunbury Historical Society, Ltd. is pleased to announce that their recent nomination of Brian Hallett for the Council of Archives New Brunswick Volunteering Award for his volunteer work with the Society has been accepted!

Brian graduated from Fredericton High School and the University of New Brunswick. His love for the archives was realized when he went to work at the Public Archives of Canada, aka the National Archives of Canada and Library & Archives Canada in 1964. He retired from the archives in 1998 having been an archivist in many fields of Federal government records.  On arrival in New Brunswick, he became a records analyst for the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) in many provincial government fields.

CANB Volunteer Award

The award was created in 2016 by the CANB Board of Directors to highlight the work of archivists in New Brunswick.

Brian became a member of the York-Sunbury Historical Society (YSHS) in 2005 and became a devoted volunteer worker undertaking the onerous task of re-organizing and cataloguing the archival collection.  Brian retrieved the backlog of archival materials held at the Fredericton Region Museum and at the PANB and added them to the YSHS Finding Aid, the MC300.  During the process, he audited the existing MC300 and updated many of the entries with better descriptions and location notes.  He made it easier for people to use our valuable collection of records and prints for research and for the Society’s own purposes in creating exhibits and producing publications.

As he concluded his work on the backlog, Brian undertook the tremendous task of transferring several hundred administrative records from the museum to PANB storage mentoring a University of New Brunswick Intern through the process.  Lauren came to the Society as an Arts3000 Intern and worked closely with Brian over several months preparing and describing records in preparation for transfer and inclusion in the MC300/MS1 series. Under his mentorship, she learned to cull, organize, describe and re-box records.

CANB Volunteer Award

Brian was unable to attend the program so Ruth Murgatroyd, Society Executive Director, accepted the award on his behalf from Shannon Doiron, CANB Archives Advisor, presented the Award. Photograph courtesy of Robert Richard.

Brian was the Chair of the Collections Committee until 2017 and has served on the Board of Directors for several years.  Under his direction, the Society rewrote its Collections Management Policy, developed a collections procedural manual and implemented a Curatorial Health and Safety Program.  The overall management of the Fredericton Region Museum’s collection, both archival and three-dimensional, has benefitted tremendously under Brian’s direction.

His work experience has given the YSHS valuable knowledge of how to set up the archival and collection records within the museum. He has been a wonderful mentor to many of the students, interns and volunteers. His kindness and helpfulness in all things has inspired many of our students to pursue careers in history and museum studies.

His work experience has given him the invaluable knowledge to produce an intensive study in the genealogy of the Douglas area by doing a personal history of his family as well as the families and history of the area. He has published the research and made it available to the public. He has kindly shared his research by contributing to the Officers’ Quarters and by giving public presentations.

It was with great pleasure that the Society submitted his name for the first CANB Volunteering Award for taking the initiative to restructure the Society’s most important treasures and artefacts into a sensible cataloguing and filing system, making it accessible to the public. Brian is priceless.


2 responses to “Brian Hallett Receives the First CANB Volunteer Award

  1. It breaks my heart to report that Brian Hallett passed away yesterday. The employees and volunteers at the museum wish to offer their condolences to his family. We are forever grateful for the many volunteer hours that he gave to our organization. We will miss him.

  2. This is very sad news. I am so glad that Brian’s extensive volunteer efforts were honoured recently.

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