HIST 316 – Archival Practices

This course examined the applied approaches to archival practices, the accessioning, deaccessioning, cataloging, calendar composition, storage of objects and archival materials, loan procedures, policies and legal issues. It is designed to understand the origins and historical development of archives, the evolving role of the archives in the
USA as well as in the global community and the following contemporary archival practices:
1. The construction of an archive
2. Selection and appraisal theory
3. Acquisitions and accessioning
4. Arrangement
5. Description composition
6. Preservation
7. Access, reference and outreach
8. Electronic records

I had three weeks of lectures and the rest of the 10-week quarter was devoted to field work. I worked with a student on the archives of Assemblywoman emeritus Wilmer (Amina) Carter, who had just retired from the California State Assembly and hoped to create an archive devoted to the history of African Americans in the Inland Empire. The archive was to be built around her own life’s work, and I processed her papers pertaining to her time as an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At the end of the quarter, I presented a portfolio of my calendar list, finding aid, container list, accession and deaccession worksheets, and loan agreements.

Final Project: WAC Collection – Information-new