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Course Code: HIST522 Course ID: 3985 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the theory and practice of managing archival documents, such as personal papers, institutional records, photographs, electronic records, and other unpublished materials. Topics include: manuscript and records acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, conservation and preservation, reference, and access. The course provides in-depth study of current issues and practices in archives, addressing fundamental problems, theoretical principles, techniques, and practical administration of archives and manuscripts; the importance of records in the modern information age; discussion of the types and varieties of archival repositories and the value of historical records beyond traditional research use.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO 1- Appraise and evaluate the different career options available in the archives profession;

CO 2- Analyze why societies, cultures, organizations, and individuals create and keep records.

CO 3- Deconstruct terminology and concepts used in archival records.

CO 4- Summarize archival theory; archival methodology; archival scholarship-history of archival theory and methods and their articulation in professional literature.

CO 5- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, organization, literature, and current issues in archives profession

CO 6- Evaluate an institutional collection policy and/or practice based on standard archival and records practice, supported by the course readings.

CO 7- Design the processing of a collection: appraisal, arrangement, description, reference and digitization.

This course requires thoughtful reading and analysis. The discussions, assignments, and research paper are designed to allow you to demonstrate a thorough comprehension of the concepts introduced in the readings. Your perception of the issues introduced in these readings will be shaped by your worldview and experience. Feel free to report your views but do so in a considerate and thoughtful manner, and they must be grounded in scholarly evidence. Since this is a graduate-level coursework, do not merely regurgitate information from the reading assignments. You are expected to analyze, critique, and agree, or disagree, with the authors. My expectation is that your work is original. Academic integrity is essential. Scrupulously acknowledge the source of direct quotes, paraphrased passages, and another’s ideas.

Forum Assignments: 32% of your grade (12 Forum topics, 100 points each)

Respond to the Forum question(s) of the week in AT LEAST 250 words (this means that 250 words is the bare minimum for a passing grade) using the reading assignments and any outside research you feel is appropriate. Cite relevant examples from the week’s reading, and use the opportunity to critique the authors’ work (you can comment on issues like author assumption, agenda, research, methodology, etc.) Respond to AT LEAST two other student postings, plus any follow-up questions I ask. Discussion is a very important part of the class. It is a way to interact and learn from each other as well as demonstrate our understanding of course content. I expect all posts to be thoughtful (making good, reasoned, well-written points), thorough (accurate and complete in its response), and interesting (a response that is on point, and relevant to the question asked). When responding to other students it is not enough to simply state “I agree”. Respond with at least 2 sentences in a way that moves the discussion forward, and demonstrates your knowledge or unique perspective on the topic. INITIAL POST IS DUE ON THURSDAY, RESPONSES ARE DUE BY SUNDAY. ALL DEADLINES ARE 11:59 EASTERN TIME ON THE DAY DUE.

Arrangement Exercises: 10% of your grade (2 exercises, 100 points each)

These assignments present you with scenarios where you have to decide which records you should preserve in an archives and to arrange those records into series following archival principles. 350 words each.

Archival Tour exercise: 15% of your grade

In this exercise you will visit an archives; describe the reference facilities and services of the archives, and evaluate the effectiveness of their reference services. 1000 words.

Description Exercise: 9% of your grade

This exercise requires you to explore the websites of various record repositories and to evaluate how well they present their mission and their holdings to the public. 700 words.

Appraisal Exercise: 9% of your grade

In this exercise you will use archival theory to decide which items on a records disposition schedule should be designated as permanent records. 700 words.

Research paper: 25% of your grade

This assignment requires you to write an essay that will identify and analyze debates concerning the management of archives and manuscripts, and to evaluate practical steps that can be taken to begin a career as an archivist. Your essay will synthesize the major concepts and methods that you learned in the class. 1500 words.

NameGrade %
Discussions 32.00 %
Week One: Introduction 2.67 %
Week Two: Digital History Introduction 2.67 %
Week Three: Public Historians and Archivists 2.67 %
Week Three: Archival History 2.67 %
Week Four: Archival program elements 2.67 %
Week Four: Processing determination 2.67 %
Week Five: Archival history weaknesses 2.67 %
Week Six: Primary sources and collections 2.67 %
Week Six: Certificate programs 2.67 %
Week Seven: Archival Issues in the Information Age 2.67 %
Week Eight: Records management 2.67 %
Week Eight: Course Wrap up 2.67 %
Archival Tour 15.00 %
Archival Tour 15.00 %
Arrangement Exercises 10.00 %
Arrangement Exercise #1 5.00 %
Arrangement Exercise #2 5.00 %
Description Exercise 9.00 %
Description Exercise 9.00 %
Appraisal Exercise 9.00 %
Appraisal Exercise 9.00 %
Research Essay 25.00 %
Research Essay 25.00 %

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO 1- Appraise and evaluate the different career options available in the archives profession;

CO 2- Analyze why societies, cultures, organizations, and individuals create and keep records.

CO 3- Deconstruct terminology and concepts used in archival records.

CO 4- Summarize archival theory; archival methodology; archival scholarship-history of archival theory and methods and their articulation in professional literature.

CO 5- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, organization, literature, and current issues in archives profession

CO 6- Evaluate an institutional collection policy and/or practice based on standard archival and records practice, supported by the course readings.

CO 7- Design the processing of a collection: appraisal, arrangement, description, reference and digitization.

Book Title:Glossary of Archives and Records Terminology, Archive Fundamentals Series II, SAA - available online at http://www2.archivists.org/glossary
ISBN:AMN
 
Book Title:Archival Arrangement and Description (This resource is recommended, but not required for the course.)
ISBN:9781931666459
Publication Info:Society of American Archivists
Author:Prom, C.
Unit Cost:$49.55
 
Book Title:Arranging & Describing Archives & Manuscripts (This resource is recommended, but not required for the course.)
ISBN:9781931666138
Publication Info:Society of American Archivists
Author:Roe, K.
Unit Cost:$68.82
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.