Traveling Archivist Program

The Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) is a program of the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board with Conservation ConneCTion and funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC].

The purpose of the Traveling Archivist Program is to encourage best practices in the management, arrangement, preservation, and access of archival collections in museums, historical societies and public libraries with local history collections in Connecticut.

This program will provide a free half-day (3 hour) site visit from the Traveling Archivist to museums and historical societies with archival collections and public libraries with local history collections. The Traveling Archivist will encourage and instruct staff and volunteers of these institutions in best practices, including management, arrangement, description, preservation and access. Participating institutions will receive resource materials; a three-page written report by the Traveling Archivist summarizing the visit and the work completed and include any recommendations or further directions; as well as a three-month follow-up via phone/email from the Traveling Archivist. Participating institutions may be asked to complete an online self-assessment regarding their archival collection, and will be expected to provide copies of their mission statement, collection policies and procedures to the Traveling Archivist prior to the site visit.


Any Connecticut museum, historical society or public library with a local history collection or a publically accessible archival collection may apply. Priority will be given to applications received by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will still be considered depending on availability. Participants from the Archival Assessment Project are encouraged to apply. Organizations with less than 10 linear feet of archival collections are not eligible.

Application Procedures

Your completed application will help inform the Traveling Archivist to the type of assistance your archival collection needs. Selected organizations are expected to commit to fully participate in this program.

Application Deadline: To be announced.

Electronic applications may be emailed to:
Kathy Craughwell-Varda,
Please type “TAP Application” in the subject line.

Please mail paper copies to: Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Conservation ConneCTion, 6 Old Middle Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.

Questions relating to the application may be addressed to:NHPRC logo
Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Conservation ConneCTion,
Phone: 203-241-0618, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Application Form and Tips Sheet: