Scarecrow Press / Society American Archivists
Trim: 8½ x 11¼
978-0-8108-2864-3 • Paperback • November 1996 • $83.00 • (£64.00)
978-1-4616-7138-1 • eBook • November 1996 • $78.50 • (£60.00)
Elizabeth Yakel is a doctoral student in Information and Library Studies at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a professional archivist and consultant for over ten years, on such projects as the Vatican Archives Project, and the Religious Archives Technical Assistance Project, where she provided consultation services, taught archival workshops, and provided referral services for archivists in small religious and non-profit organizations.
Part 1 Acknowledgments
Chapter 2 1.Introduction: Three Archival Collections
Chapter 3 2. Planning Your Archival Program
Chapter 4 3. Establishing an Archives
Chapter 5 4. Administration
Chapter 6 5. Collection Development, Appraisal, and the Intitial Stages of Archival Control
Chapter 7 6. Increasing Control over Archival Records: Arrangement and Description
Chapter 8 7. Reference and Access
Chapter 9 8. Outreach
Chapter 10 9. The Archival Facility and Preservation1
Chapter 11 10. Bibliographical Essay
Chapter 12 11. Archival and Related Associations
Part 13 Appendix A—Model Deed of gift for Donation of Historical Materials
Part 14 Appendix B— Outline of a Model Procedures Manual
Part 15 Appendix C—Sample User Regsitration Forms
This valuable text is clearly the starting point for anyone involved in a process that may lead to starting an archives.
— Wilson Library Bulletin
This book fills a useful niche in the literature and will introduce its subject to many in related professional or administrative fields where the message needs to be got across.
— Library Review
...an attractive publication for the non-archivist who may have to assume some responsiblity for an in-house archives.
The manual has a refreshing honesty and realism.
— Journal Of The Society Of Archivists
Examples and illustrations are drawn from many kinds of archives, so that the manual would be equally useful for a business, a religious community, a college or university, a local historical society, or a government agency...The order of preservation is logical, the coverage is broad, of course, but thorough, and each chapter gives reliable advice in a helpful way...Starting an Archives is suitable for anyone contemplating the establishment of such a program, and all the steps in it should be considered and planned before such a program is initiated. It will be helpful for basic workshops...a useful workbook for any in which the desire or necessity of controlling historical records has been recognized.
— Collection Management
...will be an invaluable volume. It fills a need that has long existed in archival literature for a brief, readable introduction...will continue to be an essential element on the archivist's list long after the current computer applications have gone the way of cuneiform and beta cassettes.
— The American Archivist
It is an intellectual road map to the questions which should be asked and the considerations which should be analyzed by any institution or organization deciding how to handle its accumulated records. It is cogent, well organized, and full of useful information for decision makers and those assigned the task of providing them with alternative solutions to record problems.
— The Public Historian
Her book is recommended for any organization interested in starting an archives.
— Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship