Introduction to Archives Course

May 16, 2011 - 3:00 pm to May 20, 2011 - 5:30 pm

3052 LIB

The one-credit course will provide an introduction to the purpose and function of archival repositories (as compared with libraries), the professional responsibilities of archivists, and the theoretical basis of currently accepted “best practices.”

Basic elements of archival practice to be covered include:

  • Collection solicitation and development
  • Appraisal of records and manuscripts
  • Processing, or arrangement and description, of collections
  • Archival preservation and conservation, including digital preservation
  • Reference services
  • Outreach efforts
  • Current issues, including electronic records, privacy and copyright

Kären Mason, curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives in the Main Library, will present a tour, and Nancy Kraft, University Preservation Librarian, will meet with the class one day to discuss preservation and conservation issues. David McCartney, C.A., the instructor, is the University of Iowa Archivist.

Credit from the course may be applied toward the M.A. degree in Library and Information Science or toward the Certificate in Museum Studies. There are no prerequisites.

A link to the course syllabus, including required and optional reading assignments, is at Its listing can be found in ISIS using keyword “archives” in the Summer 2011 session.