2019 Basic Archives Course

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Depending on sufficient registration, ANLA proposes to offer its five-day introductory Basic Archives workshop from October 28 to November 1 2019 in St. John’s. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to obtain physical, administrative and  intellectual control of both your historical records and the records of your organization.


Cost: $200 (includes 1 year individual membership and a copy of ANLA’s Basic Archives binder)


Pre-registration required: minimum registration of 10 people required. Deadline to register is October 18.


Day One: (sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day: lunch break 12 noon – 1 p.m.)
Morning session: Introduction to Archival Principles: Mary Ellen Wright (Professional Development and Outreach Officer, ANLA) Definition of archival terms, introduction to archival
administration; ethics and archives

Afternoon session: Ethics, the law and archives Mary Ellen Wright

Day Two
Morning session: Appraisal and Selection, accessioning Mary Ellen Wright (PDO, ANLA) Principles governing the selection of archival materials, acquisition strategies and programs, collection mandates, deaccessioning, documentation
Afternoon session: Arrangement: Elizabeth Fewer (archival technician , The Rooms Provincial Archives Division) Provenance, respect des fonds, original order, imposing order, creating levels of order, linking arrangement and description.

Day Three start at 9:00 a.m. to end at 3 p.m.
All day: – Introduction to Preservation Issues in Archives: Paula French (private conservator) Measures to prevent damage and deterioration, preservation planning, disaster & emergency awareness, security, condition reports, reference regulations.

Day Four
Description: Mary Ellen Wright (PDO, ANLA) Descriptive elements, introduction to RAD (Rules for Archival Description). RAD is the recognized Canadian standard for archival description.
3-4:30 p.m.: Move to The Rooms for a tour of their facilities

Day Five
Morning session: Access and reference: Mary Ellen Wright (PDO, ANLA)
Afternoon session: Q and A with a panel of archivists from various institutions.
Greg Walsh, Director, The Rooms Provincial Archives Division
David Bradley, Archivist, Maritime History Archives
Jackie Walsh, Archivist, Sisters of Mercy Archives