Them Days Inc Archive

Identity area


Them Days

Authorized form of name

Them Days Inc Archive

Parallel form(s) of name

    Other form(s) of name

    • Them Days Labrador Archives


    • Regional

    Contact area

    Aimee Chaulk Primary contact



    Street address

    3 Courte Manche St.


    Happy Valley-Goose Bay



    Country name


    Postal code

    A0P 1E0








    Description area


    Them Days magazine was established in 1975 to record, document, research and publish the oral, visual and written history of Labrador.

    In addition to the magazine, Them Days Labrador Archives began in 1984 with the arranging of researched material into an archives. Much of the material organized has been donated by individuals, businesses and organizations interested in helping to preserve the rich cultural history of Labrador.

    Geographical and cultural context

    Them Days covers the Labrador portion of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Them Days has been a heritage institution in Labrador since 1975, and is held in high regard by the residents of this region, many of whom purchase the magazine. Them Days magazine remains a strong tie to home for Labradorians living away.

    Mandates/Sources of authority

    Them Days Incorporated (herein “Them Days”) is dedicated to keeping the history of Labrador alive by documenting and preserving the "old ways and early days" of Labrador. Them Days does this by
    conducting special projects of research, translation, consultation, maintenance of archival collections and production of publications on matters relating to Labrador history and culture.
    The Them Days Labrador Archive collects, maintains, and preserves archival records produced by Them Days and records relating to Them Days’ objectives from private donors. As a safekeeper of archival material, Them Days is committed to preserving the records to the best of its ability and resources in terms of climate controlled setting and specialized archival storage, and to following best practices as
    outlined by the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA).

    Administrative structure

    The Board of Directors for Them Days manages the affairs of Them Days Incorporated.

    Staff: Employees or regular volunteers at Them Days Inc. who have undergone ANLA’s Basic Archives course or other recognized archive training.

    Board of Directors: Volunteer board of directors who handle the affairs of Them Days, headed by an executive of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The board is composed of a number of sub-committees, including the Archives Committee.

    Archives Committee: A sub-committee which reports to the Board of Directors, formed by directors and other volunteers. Its primary purpose is the operation of the archive and handling requests from the researchers who use it.

    Records management and collecting policies

    The Them Days Labrador Archive will accept archival records that have at least one of the following attributes:
    a) documents the creation, organization and operation of Them Days;
    b) relates directly to Labrador;
    c) has historical or cultural significance to the people of Labrador.

    The Them Days Labrador Archive may add to its holdings when:
    a) materials are transferred from the working files of Them Days when they are no longer required for current administrative, legal or financial needs;
    b) private materials are acquired by donation, donation for tax receipt, or bequest from individuals, families, organizations or businesses. Them Days is not in a position to buy collections.

    Material accessioned by the Them Days Labrador Archive shall become the permanent property of the archives and therefore Them Days, subject to restrictions as outlined in the signed agreement between the donor and Them Days. If, during future reappraisal, the material is determined no longer relevant to the archive, it will be deaccessioned. Deaccessioning will not take place without the written approval of staff and the Archives Committee. All information pertaining to deaccessioning and the disposition of the material will be retained in the archive’s records.

    Limitations on Scope
    The acquisition of records will be subject to the requirements as described in this document and at the discretion of the staff and board, taking into consideration:
    a) the resources of Them Days to accept the material, be it financial, physical, environmental, or human resources;
    b) the material’s physical condition;
    c) terms, conditions, and legal rights placed on the materials from the donor;
    d) the relationship of the material to other holdings within the Them Days Labrador Archive;
    e) the acquisition mandates of other institutions.

    Where material donated to Them Days does not meet the guidelines stated in the Acquisitions Policy, Them Days staff will suggest another institution to the best of their abilities.

    Them Days Labrador Archive will avoid the active collection of artifacts. If artifacts are offered as a donation, the staff will suggest donating the piece to an appropriate museum. Exceptions may be made for artifacts that relate directly to a collection and are of a significant nature. This is under the discretion of the staff and board of Them Days. Newspapers, periodicals and published books may be acquired for use in the reference library, as approved by the staff.


    The building is owned outright by Them Days Incorporated. In 2009, an extensive renovation took place in the main part of the building to create a reading room from the previous archive space, and a 850-sq-ft archives extension was added on.


    This collection which continues to grow contains diaries, letters, reports, audio and video recordings, photographs, slides, maps and a reference library. The holdings in particular include such works as: the diary of Thomas Blake, a fisherman/trapper (1883-1890) from the Hamilton Inlet/Lake Melville; papers (1923 to 1979) of Monsignor Edward O’Brien, a Roman Catholic priest to the Innu; the field notes of William Duncan Strong, an anthropologist with the Rawson-MacMillan Field Museum Expedition of 1927-28; and the Moravian Periodical Accounts of the missionaries to the Inuit of Labrador from 1771 to 1937. Among the many and varied books of the collection are the Privy Council records concerning the Labrador/Quebec boundary decision of 1927; the three volumes of the journals of Captain George Cartwright covering 1770 to 1786; and the Goose Bay EIS from the Department of National Defence, an environmental impact statement on military flying activities in Labrador and Quebec, 1989.

    Finding aids, guides and publications

    Various indexes and finding aids, in print and some on computer, are available. Indexes of Labrador material held in other archives are also available.

    Access area

    Opening times

    Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Closed on statutory holidays.

    Access conditions and requirements

    Sign in with the Archive User Form.


    Wheelchair accessible.

    Services area

    Research services

    Reproduction services

    Our standard rate is $25 plus tax per photo for a digital image. Special requests may be decided on a case-by-case basis by our Archives Committee. Some photos are restricted and can not be sold. Photocopies are $0.25/page.

    Public areas

    Gift shop selling Them Days magazines and other special publications.

    Control area

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    Institution identifier

    Rules and/or conventions used


    Level of detail

    Dates of creation, revision and deletion



        Maintenance notes

        Access points

        Access Points

        • Aboriginal Peoples (Thematic area)
        • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
        • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
        • Genealogical (Thematic area)