Managing Historical Records Programs: A Guide for Historical Agencies

Managing Historical Records Programs: A Guide for Historical Agencies

by Bruce W. Dearstyne


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Historical records are a focus and collecting area for many historical societies, history museums, and other historical agencies. Yet many historical records programs face special challenges and needs, including inadequate resource levels, physical preservation problems, and underdeveloped documentation, appraisal, and collecting policies. In Managing Historical Records Programs, Bruce Dearstyne's goal is to foster stronger, more vibrant historical records programs by introducing the basics of archival work to historical agency personnel. He describes strategies, approaches, principles, and best practices of strong programs while providing lots of examples, checklists, and appendixes that help solve complex problems. An important resource for anyone considering starting a historical records program or wishing to strengthen an existing one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742502826
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Series: American Association for State and Local History Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne is associate professor at the College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland, where he teaches archival and records management courses and coordinates the archives, records, and information management specialty in the M.L.S. program. Prior to assuming that position in 1997, he was for many years a program director at the New York State Archives and Records Administration. He is the author of many articles and several books, including The Archival Enterprise (1993) and Managing Government Records and Information (1999).

Table of Contents

1.Historical Records: Definitions, Concepts, and Importance1
2.Prerequisites for Program Success16
3.Building a Historical Records Program: Sources of Assistance31
4.Leadership and Management of Historical Records Programs47
5.Selection of Historical Records63
6.Arrangement and Description84
7.Services to Users102
8.Preservation of Historical Records122
9.Electronic Archives139
10.Historical Records Programs in the Third Millennium156
Appendix 1Code of Ethics for Archivists165
Appendix 2Basic Elements of Historical Records Programs175
Appendix 3Sample Self-Assessment Guide for Historical Records Programs179
Appendix 4Cooperative Approaches to Historical Records Programs210
Appendix 5Historical Records Program Plan215
Appendix 6Guide to Donating Personal or Family Papers to a Repository220
Appendix 7Guide to Deeds of Gift226
Appendix 8Examples of Historical Records Descriptions230
Appendix 9Checklist for Access and Reference Services242
Appendix 10Repository Security Checklist246
Appendix 11Selected List of Vendors of Archival Supplies and Services249
Appendix 12Suggested Readings253
About the Author271

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