Dr. John H. Archer

Administrator, Educator, Historian, Librarian, Archivist
Born July 11, 1914 – Died April 5, 2004

John H. Archer

Born on a farm near Broadview, Saskatchewan, Archer served in the Second World War before obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, McGill University and Queen’s University in the areas of history and library science.

From 1951 to 1964 he served as Saskatchewan’s Legislative Librarian, was Assistant Clerk of the Legislature from 1956 to 1961, and Provincial Archivist from 1957 to 1962. In 1964 Archer became Director of Libraries at McGill University where he worked until 1967. At Queen’s University he was an Archivist and Associate Professor of History – while earning a Doctoral degree in history.

Archer returned to his home province and to the new University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus in 1969, and was installed as Principal in 1970. In 1974, he was appointed the first President of the University of Regina, a position he held until his retirement in 1976. After leaving the presidency, he continued at the University as a professor of western Canadian history and as a historian with the Saskatchewan Archives Board.

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