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John Hall Archer

b.July 11, 1914, Broadview, SK; d. April 5, 2004, Regina, SK

John Hall Archer, c.1984. Credit University of Regina


Regina Normal School, 1932-1933;
BA (hist.) 1947 (Saskatchewan
MA (hist) 1948 (Saskatchewan)
BLS 1949 (McGill)
PhD 1969 (Queen's).


1933-1939 Teacher, rural schools of Saskatchewan
1930-1940 Vice Principal, Wawota High School, Saskatoon
1940-1945 Captain, Royal Canadian Artillery, 1st Canadian Survey Regiment
1949-1951 Administrative Assistant to the Legislative Librarian of Saskatchewan
1951-1964 Legislative Librarian of Saskatchewan
1957-1964 Provincial Archivist of Saskatchewan
1964-1967 Director of Libraries, McGill University
1967- University Archivist and Professor of History, Queen's University


Archer, John H. (1948). Historic Saskatoon: a concise illustrated history of Saskatoon. Saskatoon: Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Archer, John H. (1969). A Study of archival institutions in Canada . Kingston: [s.n.]. Thesis – Queen's University Kingston.

Archer, John H. (1980). Saskatchewan, a history. Saskatoon, Sask: Western Producer Prairie Books.

Archer, John H. (!984). The U of R: a history. Regina, Sask: Public Relations Office, University of Regina.


Canadian Library Association, Regina Library Association, Saskatchewan Library Association


1952 Confederation Medal
1980 Officer, Order of Canada
1987 Saskatchewan Order of Merit


1956-1957 President, Regina Library Association
1959-1962 Treasurer, Canadian Library Association
1961-1962 President, Saskatchewan Library Association
1966-1967 President-elect and President, Canadian Library Association

Other areas of activity:

1956 Secretary, Royal Commission on the Judicial System of Saskatchewan
1961-1962 Special Projects Officer, Glassco Commission (Royal Commission on Government Organization in Canada)
1963-1967 Board of Directors, Canadian Centenary Committee
1963 Accreditation team, University of British Columbia, School of Librarianship
1969 Accreditation team, University of Western Ontario, School of Information and Library Science


“He has been prominent as a librarian, archivist, Canadian historian and university administrator. Following appointments in his native Saskatchewan and at McGill and Queen's universities, he was President of the University of Regina from 1974 to 1976. His principal recent publication is a history of Saskatchewan; and he directed that province's diamond jubilee celebrations in 1980.” — citation from Officer of the Order of Canada, awarded December 1981


Ian E. Wilson, “John Hall Archer, 1914-2004,” Archivaria 57 (Spring 2004): 173-177. [PDF download]
John Hall Archer biography at Wikipedia. Accessed July 27, 2013.

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