Moving Archives: The Experiences of Eleven Archivists

Moving Archives: The Experiences of Eleven Archivists

by John Newman, Walter Jones

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Moving an archive, historical society, or rare book library may occur only once in the career of a professional curator, archivist or librarian. Not only is each situation unique, but collections are irreplaceable and priceless. Moving Archives is a timely source of useful information by eleven archivists who have recent experience moving both collections and entire repositories. They describe their physical and administrative situations, details of their holdings, plans for their move, actual operations, successes, failures, and lessons learned.

Readers will enjoy the clear, systematic, rational and sometimes humorous accounts of how these professionals coped. Each archivist speaks in his or her own voice, often with considerable individuality about what was intended, what processes occurred, and what result, in terms of an organized collection in a new location, finally emerged.

Topics Include:
- Planning
- Administrative coordination
- Staffing (both contract and institutional)
- Security preservation
- Transportation methods
- Boxing and shelving
- Accidents and natural disasters

You'll get pertinent advice about:
- How to plan for trouble
- How to avoid the well-meaning "assistance" of administrators and volunteers
- How to maintain control and good humor throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461669746
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 970 KB

About the Author

John Newman is Professor and University Archivist, Colorado State University. Walter Jones is Assistant Head of Special Collections, University of Utah.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 The Cable Center
Chapter 4 Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Chapter 5 University of Utah
Chapter 6 The Redemptorists: Denver Province
Chapter 7 Delaware Public Archives
Chapter 8 Colorado State University Archives
Chapter 9 Northwestern University Library
Chapter 10 Brigham Young University
Chapter 11 University of Colorado at Boulder
Chapter 12 Rhode Island State Archives and Public Records Administration
Chapter 13 Oregon Historical Society
Chapter 14 About the Contributors

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