Basics of Archives

American Association of State and Local History
Primary contact: American Association of State and Local History
Where: Online
Jun 1 - Jul 5, 2020


The Basics of Archives is an online course designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

The course consists of seven lessons:

  • Archives and archivists
  • Acquiring your collections
  • Processing collections
  • Housing your collections
  • Access and outreach
  • Digital records
  • Digitization

Participant Feedback

“This course was exactly what we need to improve our rather small collection and take it to another step. Thanks for all of the ideas and information. I am especially impressed with how well the course is organized and presented online. The site was very well thought out and presented no problems for me – a slightly challenged computer geek-wanna be.”

“This was a marvelous course and now I have confidence that I can do the work: material to reference and people to communicate with as needed.”

“I just wanted to say thank you for having this course.  It has really helped me decide what direction I want to make my education in and had definitely helped me with some of the smaller preservation jobs I take on at the library.”

Estimated Completion Time

20 Hour/s


Cost: $85 AASLH Members / $160 Nonmembers

Registration: Registration is open between March 2, 2020 - May 24, 2020.

Length: 5 weeks; 15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the five-week course period (dates above).

Participation: Students will participate in online chats. There are no required times to be online.

Materials: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.

Target Audience: This course is an introductory level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials.

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