Archives and Special Collections Management

Students interested in history and/or cultural studies may find the archival field useful to their studies in research but also as a career. Preserving the past helps us learn about our struggles and achievements. Our past helps us understand our current


Cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums gather, preserve, and interpret the record of human thought, word, and action. Students will be provided with an introduction to the theories and practices of the beginning archivist such as provenance and original order. Students read and discuss basic archival principles such as appraisal, arrangement, and description of institutional and historical records in library and museum collections as well as learn the practical side of archival work such as processing and preserving collections, organization, and accessibility. Students read and discuss the evolution of archival theory and practice and read case studies while building a robust archival vocabulary. Lastly, the electronic age has challenged archival practices in regard to provenance and original order. Discussion on Electronic archives or “Born Digital” archives will be covered.

Accessibility Statement
The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for a workshop should contact UMA Libraries at to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later 1 week before the event.