Help is Available for Local Archive Collections in Connecticut
December 17, 2015
(Hartford) The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB), in collaboration with Conservation ConneCTion, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the National Historic Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) to provide training opportunities and site visits for cultural heritage organizations with archive collections.
The archival collections held by Connecticut’s mid-sized and small cultural heritage organizations are incredibly important in documenting and understanding the history of our state as it reflects the national experience. These repositories hold the private and public history of the people, communities, businesses and political entities that have shaped the history of Connecticut. These archival collections serve as the threads that tie together diverse institutions and communities to create each unique local identity.
Over the next two years, CT SHRAB will hold six Archives Roundtable meetings throughout Connecticut. The Roundtable meetings will focus on specific issues regarding the management, arrangement, preservation and access to archival collections, such as creating and sharing finding aids; tackling the backlog of unprocessed archival collections; tutorials in Metadata, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD); when to call a conservator; and digital collections. Roundtable participants are encouraged to use these sessions as problem-solving and networking opportunities.
In addition, the very popular Traveling Archivist Program, which was launched in 2013, will expand into a team of Traveling Archivists who will provide free half-day site visits to museums, historical societies, libraries and other cultural heritage organizations across the state. The Traveling Archivist works with each site’s staff and volunteers to answer their questions, and help them through a pre-determined project for one of their archival collections. Every participant receives a report outlining what was accomplished during the site visit, including recommendations for further work and improvement. The Traveling Archivists will continue to be available by phone or email to answer your questions.
For more information on these programs please contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda at Conservation ConneCTion – CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov or 203-241-0618.
Learn more about CT SHRAB at http://ctstatelibrary.org/state-archives/connecticut-state-historical-records-advisory-board/.