Intro to Archives
6-Week Course Starts March 15, 2021
This course provides an overview of sound archival practices and the long-term care of permanent records. Participants will learn how to determine what records should be archived and how to connect preservation efforts to the processing and storage of collections. Basic physical processing of archival collections -- proper ways to identify, prepare and store materials -- as well as evaluating the records for preservation concerns will be covered The importance of maintaining intellectual control of materials, including the creation of finding aids, will be emphasized. Quizzes and written assignments will allow participants to put their new-found knowledge to use immediately.
- Describe the role of the archivist
- Learn how to make appraisal decisions
- Discover how to organize records
- Identify necessary actions that will prevent and slow down deterioration of records
- Create tools to help your users locate what they need from the collection
- Construct a finding aid
- Compose a reference policy for access
Note: This course is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Kelly Kress is an archivist with over fifteen years of experience working with personal papers and institutional records. As an independent consultant, she has assisted both individuals and institutions. For the past three years she was the Assistant Archivist at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she was responsible for the majority of archival processing. Previously, Kelly worked as Processing Archivist at UCLA Library Special Collections, Senior Project Archivist at the Newberry, and Archives Assistant in the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Kelly holds a Master of Arts in Public History with an Archives concentration from North Carolina State University. She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists Performing Arts Section, and volunteers with the Los Angeles Archivists Collective.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 6 weeks.
Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes and completing discussion, reading, and written assignments.
It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
1. View all video lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive your certificate within 2 weeks.
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2. Email us at [email protected] for an invoice. This will be emailed to you and you can pay through the link provided in the invoice.
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