Joan Mitchell Travel Award winner announced

The Laurier Archives is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Travel Award. Christine Grossutti is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University. The primary focus of Ms. Grossutti’s research is the development of Biosphere Reserves in Canada.

The Laurier Archives contains rich resources on Canada’s Biosphere Reserves – a UNESCO-sponsored program aimed at combining environmental protection and sustainable development. The Archives holds, among other materials, the personal papers of George Francis and Fred Roots – two eminent environmental scientists who were instrumental in the development of the Biosphere Reserve programme in Canada.

Having already spent a week exploring the collection in 2014, Ms. Grossutti is familiar with the scope of the collection and will use the Roots and Francis papers to contextualize current sustainable development practices.

We look forward to welcoming Christine back to the Archives in the months to come.

The Joan Mitchell Travel Award is a travel scholarship that encourages scholars from across Canada to conduct research at the university. The award honours Joan Mitchell and her work building the Laurier Archives’ collections.