Heather MacNeil is a professor in the Faculty of Information where she teaches courses in the areas of archival theory and method and histories of records and recordkeeping. Her research and publications focus on the trustworthiness of records in analogue and digital environments, archives and archival finding aids as cultural texts, and archival description as rhetorical genre.
Professor MacNeil is Principal Investigator on a 2016 SSHRC Insight Development Grant investigating the past, present, and possible future of the museum object catalogue. She is also working with Professor Wendy Duff on a SSHRC-funded research project investigating the impact of archives on social justice (2014-17).
MacNeil, Heather. Trusting Records: Legal, Historical, and Diplomatic Perspectives. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2000.
MacNeil, Heather and Terry Eastwood, eds. Currents of Archival Thinking. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2017 (forthcoming).
Eastwood, Terry and MacNeil, Heather, eds. Currents of Archival Thinking. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
MacNeil, Heather. “Deciphering and Interpreting an Archival Fonds and its Parts: A Comparative Analysis of Textual Criticism and the Theory of Archival Arrangement.” In Research in the Archival Multiverse. Eds. Anne J. Gilliland, Sue McKemmish and Andrew Lau. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016.
MacNeil, Heather. “The Role of Calendars in Constructing a Community of Historical Workers in the Public Records Office of Great Britain ca. 1850-1950.” In Genre Theory in Information Studies. Ed. Jack Andersen. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2015
MacNeil, Heather. “Catalogues and the Collecting and Ordering of Knowledge (1): ca. 1550-1750. Archivaria 82 (Fall 2017): 27-53.
MacNeil, Heather and Jennifer Douglas. “Generic Evolution and the Online Archival Catalogue.” Archives and Records 36:2 (2015): 1-21.
MacNeil, Heather and Jennifer Douglas. “The Generic Evolution of Calendars and Guides at the Public Records Office of Great Britain, ca. 1838-1968.” Information and Culture: A Journal of History 49:3 (August 2014): 294-326.
Jennifer Douglas, 2012. “Archiving Authors: The Analysis And Representation Of Writers’ Records.” Winner of the iSchool 2014 Best Dissertation Award.
Jessica Lapp, in progress. Proposed area of study: “Conceptualizing the Archival Repertoire of Resistance.”
INF1330H: Archives Concepts and Issues
INF1331H: Archival Arrangement and Description
INF2164H: Trusting Records
BKS 2000H: Advanced [Doctoral] Seminar in Book History and Print Culture: The Archive as Text (2013-2014)