Basics of Archives online


Register Now for Basics of Archives sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History.

The Basics of Archives self-paced online course, scheduled for May 7-June 10, is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

The course is made up of five lessons:

  • Archives and Archivists
  • Acquiring Your Collections
  • Processing Collections
  • Housing Your Collections
  • Access and Outreach

The course is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may finish the course anytime during the five-week course period.

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials.

Click here to register or for more information.

Personal note:  Both Charmaine and I have taken the class.  It is the best “one-stop” affordable introduction to archives management available without travel costs.  Anyone even remotely responsible for archival materials or data about collections within an institution should seriously consider, sign up, and go through the coursework.  Although archives work isn’t “rocket science,” there are definitions and standard practices that must be understood and observed for an institution’s records to be useful to researchers and in line with how reputable institutions arrange and share their holdings.   Taking this course can help you understand why these definitions and standard practices are important.


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