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The Globe and Mail Y2K Documents

The Globe and Mail Y2K Documents

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This collection was donated by Joan Krammer, who worked on the Y2K issue for the Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail. Headquartered in Toronto, the paper was founded in 1844 and, as of 2019, had 1.5 million daily readers.
The newspaper’s Y2K team was responsible for ensuring that all computer systems, those critical to the production of the newspaper as well as equipment such as elevators and thermostats, would continue to operate correctly in the year 2000. They examined, corrected, upgraded, and tested 878 systems that relied on computer clocks.
Included in the collection are eight proof sheets and 28 photocopies of letters. To prove that the newspaper could be produced, the clocks on all computer systems were rolled forward to 2000 and a test run was made. These proof sheets show the content for all departments, and a 2000 year date. The letters represent a sampling of those received by The Globe and Mail from vendors, advertisers, and subscription holders requesting assurance that the paper was Y2K compliant. It also contains sample reply letters in which the newspaper, to minimize the risk of legal action, states that proper attention was given to resolving Y2K related issues.
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