Archive for April, 2008

Upcoming “BASICS OF ARCHIVES” class on July 9th. Please register.

April 2, 2008

“Basics of Archives: An Overview of Arrangement and Description”

Instructor: Jeanette Bergeron, Archivist

This full-day workshop will combine lectures and hands-on exercises to teach participants how to arrange, describe and store a variety of papers and other records. The lecture portions will be based on the nationally recognized “Basics of Archives” training program and the instructor’s own “Manual for South Carolina archives and recordkeeping.” The classes will work with traditional paper documents (correspondence, minutes, reports, email, diaries and journals, financial records,) as well as image materials (photographs, tiffs, jpegs, CDs, blueprints). The course will specifically address appraisal, types of records value (historical, legal, archival, financial), arrangement options, provenance, original order, determination of records classes (as well as fonds and series), basic preservation methods (chiefly experience with proper storage supplies), various types of description and their chief elements (DACS, MARC, EAD, finding aids, inventories), and the new concepts of minimal processing to bring collections to users faster. Each participant will leave with a training manual, examples of small processed collections and a sample preservation supply kit.

The Beaufort area class will be held on July 9th at the Penn Center.  The class will run from 9:30 to 4:30 and cost $20, including lunch.  For registration information, go to

Grace’s personal encouragement for you to attend:  “The more folks we can get to turn out for this professional educational opportunity, the more likely it is that the SC SHRAB will offer other workshops in our vicinity.  Driving across the County for a training opportunity surely beats driving back and forth to Columbia!  Please participate if you possibly can.  Our respective institutions stand to profit considerably from our yearning to learn more about how to handle our collections.”