Managing Institutional Archives: Foundational Principles and Practices

Managing Institutional Archives: Foundational Principles and Practices

by Richard J. Cox


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Managing Institutional Archives: Foundational Principles and Practices by Richard J. Cox

This volume is intended to aid both those organizations considering the establishment of an institutional archives and those practicing archivists needing materials to assist them in evaluating their programs and planning for their development. The author's theme is that archival programs found in corporate, educational, cultural, and religious institutions are necessary both to the organizations themselves and their efficient functioning and to society's concern for preserving its documentary heritage.

Managing Institutional Archives covers all aspects of managing an archival program. There are chapters on appraisal and acquisition; preservation and security; arrangement, description, and reference; internal and external support, fund-raising and grantsmanship; and cooperation. The impact of new information technology on organizations and the implications for their archives are discussed. A detailed examination of three case studies of archives is provided. The final chapter is a description of sources for additional assistance in managing institutional archives. Managing Institutional Archives will be useful to archival specialists, administrators, educators, and others needing guidance about the elements of managing archives. Its contents is based on a wide-reading of archival theory and practice and nearly two decades of archival experience by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313272516
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/1992
Series: The Greenwood Library Management Collection Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 15.40(w) x 23.00(h) x 3.00(d)
Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)

About the Author

RICHARD J. COX is Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Library and Information Science. He has had nearly two decades of archival experience and is the author of many articles published in professional journals. Professor Cox was named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 1989 and also won the 1991 Waldo Gifford Leland Award for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice. He has also recently been named editor of The American Archivist.

Table of Contents


Why Institutional Archives Are Important

The Foundation for Administering Institutional Archives

Identifying and Selecting Records with Continuing Value

Preserving and Protecting Institutional Archival Records

Arranging, Describing, and Providing Reference in Institutional Archives

Building Internal and External Support for Institutional Archives Programs

Cooperation and the Institutional Archives

The Changing Contexts of Institutional Archives: Some Speculations

Three Case Studies in the Formation of Institutional Archives

Sources for Assistance in Managing Institutional Archives


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