Jennifer Douglas

Assistant Professor

iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)

I am an Assistant Professor at the iSchool, where I teach classes on archival arrangement and description, personal and community archives.

I earned my PhD from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where I focused on the many and varied processes and agents that shape personal archives and how (inadequately) these are represented by traditional archival principles and methods.

The overarching question that motivates my research is: What are the roles of recordkeeping and archive making in the intimate and emotional lives of individuals and communities, and what are archivists’ responsibilities to support, represent and make space for these roles? My current research, which has been supported by a Hampton New Faculty Award (2017-19), SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2018-20), and a SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-23) focuses on how individuals and communities use records in processes of grief and bereavement, on the intimate relationships between records and their creators, and on how a better understanding of the emotional and affective roles of records in peoples’ lives might contribute to more sensitive, engaging and responsive archival access systems.