Maritime History Archive
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
Interests and Experience
Heather Wareham began working as an archivist at the Maritime History Archive in 1977, and has served as that institution's director for many years. In that time she has been responsible for the daily operation of the MHA, overseeing an innovative collections management policy that has seen the institution's holdings expand to include mercantile collections for approximately 75 Newfoundland firms. Many of them were companies engaged in the international salt cod trade. The massive crew agreement collection, representing 75-80 percent of surviving documents for British Empire registered vessels, 1863-1938 and 1951-1976 is intensively used by international researchers who generate about 2500 written requests per year. In the last decade Wareham has moved the MHA in another direction: finding ways to make the collections more accessible to the public by compiling databases of information and publishing CD's, transcribing diaries and other documents, and creating digital exhibits based on the collections. Her research interest is Newfoundland Maritime History, especially marine disasters, women in the fishery, and resettled communities - all reflected in the MHA's current or upcoming digital exhibits.
In 2013 she received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service.
Heather Wareham has also been active in the volunteer community. A founding member of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA), she has served as the organization's chair and is a long-time member of the board. She has also served on the executive board of the Canadian Council of Archives and on various committees of the Association of Canadian Archivists.