We’re excited to announce ICAP’s revamped website, including online processes that help get our message out there to Italian-Canadian communities across Canada and growing online resources. Take a few minutes and explore, learn a little about what we do and see where you or your organization fit in! We’d love to hear from you so feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
What began as a group of scholars and community leaders concerned with identifying and collecting Italian-Canadian historical material has become an active non-profit committed to outreach and national networking. Through our Archive Workshops and Share an Item initiatives, we’re trying to create more ways to engage people with the fundamentals of archiving and make it easier for anyone to identify and work towards preserving items of interest.
As an organization of established Italian-Canadian scholars, researchers and community leaders, we have experienced how archival materials inform our personal and community stories, as well as the story of Canada. Our Ongoing Research Map demonstrates how important archives and related material are to the wealth of research that is going on today focused on or related to the Italian-Canadian experience.
Our expert members are working towards creating and sharing introductory “how-to” material that will help any organization or institution get start taking the steps towards identifying, collecting and preserving historical material.
As of right now, we offer Archive Workshops in two ways:
ICAP Workshops – Workshops lead by an ICAP expert for large community organizations with private archives and a strong interest in properly cataloging and preservation methods. Workshops lead by ICAP are currently restricted to a few areas in Canada based on available resources. More information is available here or by contacting us.
Workshop Kits – An introduction to archiving kit created by ICAP experts. It is designed to allow community organizations — cultural clubs, schools, libraries, community centres or related organizations – to lead their own informal workshops and bring ICAP’s message to their community. Workshop Kits are available upon request for organizations that satisfy ICAP’s requirements.
Sharing Items of Interest
We also encourage individuals and community organizations to bring forth historical items for ICAP to identify. Information regarding items of interest will be relayed to experts and archives within ICAP’s network of members and supporting organizations. In this way, communities have a more direct and simplified connection with archives, and vice versa, optimizing the number of important objects we can collect and preserve. We encourage Italian-Canadians everywhere to look in their homes, reach out to friends and families and connect with ICAP to identify items that tell stories of the Italian experience in Canada.
Again, feel free to send us any comments or questions and we’ll happily help you with anything we can!