HIST 690: The Administration of Archives and Manuscripts

HIST 690-001: Admin Archives/Manuscripts
(Spring 2024)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Horizon Hall 1007

Section Information for Spring 2024

What is the difference between and archive and a library? Who creates the archive and why? This course will explore these questions and introduce students to the history of archival institutions and practices. Students will learn how the idea of what constitutes an archive developed and evolved and how specific archives, and the communities they were built to serve, vary as well. Each week the class will explore a core theory or type of institution, and guest speakers from these institutions will provide an overview of the work they do. Because so much archival work is now digital, this course will require students to create a digital archival project as a class. Course readings will include: Alea R. Henle, Rescued from Oblivion: Historical Cultures in the Early United States; John Ridener, From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory; and  Rebecka Taves Sheffield, Documenting Rebellions: A Study of Four Lesbian and Gay Archives in Queer Times. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces principles and practices of managing records and administering archival and manuscript collections, public and private. Designed for graduate students with special interest in historical sources as well as for those specializing in applied history. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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