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This four-part workshop series is designed to help prepare graduate students to conducting fieldwork in archives as a part of, or the whole of, their research. The sessions will first explain what archives are, how they work, and the theory and methods behind acquisition, processing, and accessibility of archival materials. Participants will then learn how to find archive, to search their holdings, and to read a finding aid, and tips will be given on how to request, use, collect material, as well as tips on how to organize all the information you find. The workshop series includes a session on digitized and open access archives (including a discussion on the pros and cons of these archives for scholars) and a final session on the ethics of archives, particularly relevant for scholars working in subaltern archives (but also arguably important for all scholars). This final session will include strategies for how to partner and work side-by-side with the creators or stewards of the materials being used for research, including a discussion of grant opportunities for such initiatives.


The workshop is open to all graduate students who intend, or are considering, undertaking fieldwork in archives. Faculty are also welcome to attend. The four sessions will take place in the Special Collections Seminar Room in the Main Library in October.


Session 1: Wednesday, October 3rd 11:00am-12:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, October 10th 11:00am-12:30pm

Session 3: Wednesday, October 17th 11:00am-12:30pm

Session 4: Wednesday, October 24th 11:00am-12:30pm

Related LibGuide: Preparing for Fieldwork in Archives

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
11:00am - 12:30pm
Jessica Achberger
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