Dr. Sarah Glassford is an archivist-historian who brings a deep love of the past to both her archival work and her historical research. She joined Leddy Library as Archivist in July 2019, and in that capacity oversees and participates in the day-to-day running of the Archives & Special Collections unit. This includes arranging and describing archival records, liaising with donors and stakeholders, advising on matters related to conservation and records management, and collaborating with other librarians and community groups on projects with an archival component. She also shares the liaison librarian role for History, with responsibility for behind-the-scenes collections work.
Dr. Glassford previously worked as an archivist at the Canadian Red Cross national office in Ottawa, and in both the Private Sector Records and Government Records divisions of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in Fredericton. From 2007 to 2016 her first career as a History professor took her to the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University of New Brunswick, where she taught Canadian history, social history, international history, women's history, children's history, the history of humanitarianism, the history of medicine, and war and society. She continues to research and publish in many of those areas, as well as on topics related to archival work, and is an active member of professional associations in the fields of both history and archives.
Glassford, Sarah. Mobilizing Mercy: A History of the Canadian Red Cross. Studies in the History of Medicine, Health, and Society series. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.
Glassford, Sarah, and Amy J. Shaw, eds. Making the Best of It: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the Second World War. Studies in Canadian Military History series. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.
Glassford, Sarah, and Amy J. Shaw, eds. A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.
Articles and Book Chapters
Glassford, Sarah. “Fallen Sisters: Gender, Military Service, and Death in Canada’s First World War.” In Portraits of Battle: Courage, Grief and Strength in Canada’s Great War. Edited by Peter Farrugia and Evan Habkirk. Studies in Canadian Military History series. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021.
Glassford, Sarah. “Coming of Age in the Crucible of War: The First World War and the Expansion of the Canadian Red Cross Society’s Humanitarian Vision.” In The Red Cross Movement: Myths, Practices, and Turning Points. Edited by James Crossland, Melanie Oppenheimer, and Neville Wylie. Humanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches series. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.
Glassford, Sarah. “It Keeps Our Spirits Up: Emotional Labour and Resilience in the Canadian Red Cross Corps Overseas Detachment, 1943-46.” In Making the Best of It: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the Second World War. Edited by Sarah Glassford and Amy J. Shaw. Studies in Canadian Military History series. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.
Brookfield, Tarah, and Sarah Glassford. “Home Fronts and Frontlines: Canadian Historiography of Gender, War, and Peace.” In A Companion to Canadian Women’s and Gender History. Edited by Carmen Nielsen and Nancy Janovicek. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.
Glassford, Sarah. “‘International Friendliness’ and Canadian Identities: Transnational Tensions in Canadian Junior Red Cross Texts, 1919-1939.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. Special issue on Canadian youth and transnationalism. 10, 2 (2019): 52-72.
Glassford, Sarah. “Black Hole or Brave New World? Archivists, Historians, and the Challenges of the Digital Age.” Emerging Library and Information Perspectives 1 (Spring 2018): 90-110. https://doi.org.10.5206/elip.v1i1.357
Glassford, Sarah. “‘I must do something to help at home’: Rilla of Ingleside in the Context of Real Women’s War Work.” In L.M. Montgomery & War. Edited by Andrea McKenzie and Jane Ledwell. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.
Glassford, Sarah. “Bearing the Burdens of Their Elders: English-Canadian Children’s First World War Red Cross Work and Its Legacies.” Etudes Canadiennes/Canadian Studies (First World War special issue), no. 80 (2016): 129-50. https://journals.openedition.org/eccs/695
Glassford, Sarah. “Women’s Mobilisation for War (Canada).” In 1914-1918-online, International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Edited by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson. www.1914-1918-online.net Project hosted by Freie Universität Berlin. Posted April 2015.
Glassford, Sarah. “Practical Patriotism: How the Canadian Junior Red Cross and Its Child Members Met the Challenge of the Second World War.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 7, 2 (spring 2014): 219-242. [*Reprinted in Gleason, Mona, and Tamara Myers, eds. Bringing Children and Youth into Canadian History: The Difference Kids Make. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2016.]
Glassford, Sarah. << Mobilisées, organisées et aptes à s’occuper des autres: le travail sanitaire des femmes de la Croix-Rouge au Canada au XXe siècle.>> [“Mobilized, Organized, and Fitted to Care: Women’s Red Cross Health Work in Canada during the Twentieth Century.”] In L’incontournable caste des femmes. Histoire des services de santé au Québec et au Canada. Edited by Marie-Claude Thifault. Société et Santé series. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012.
Glassford, Sarah. “‘The Greatest Mother in the World’: Carework and the Discourse of Mothering in the Canadian Red Cross Society during the First World War.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 10.1 (spring/summer 2008): 219-232. https://jarm.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/jarm/article/viewFile/16350/15209 [*Awarded 2009 Hilda Neatby Prize for best English-language article in women’s history by Canadian Committee for Women’s History]