INF 389R - Introduction to Archival Enterprise I

Fall 2018
Unique ID: 27840
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Trace, Ciaran
Room: UTA 1.212
Days:  Wed
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Graduate standing.

Introduction to the records aspect of archival enterprise, from acquisition to use, with emphasis on arrangement and description.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
INF 389D and INF 389R may not both be counted.

The course is a general introduction to archival work, with a particular emphasis on learning how to arrange and describe archival collections so that these materials can be made accessible to the wider community. The main assignment for the course involves arranging and describing an archival collection for a repository in town. In the past, students have worked at the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Austin History Center, the Texas State Library and Archives, the Alexander Architectural Archive, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, to name but a few. Further information about the course (including past syllabi) can be found at:

An introduction to the principles and practice of appraisal,
acquisition, preservation, reference service, and administration
of institutional and collected archives (record groups) and of
archival repositories. By the end of the course, students will be
able to:

• Understand and evaluate the history, theory, and practice of
archival enterprise with regard to handling the documentation
(the record) from acquisition to and through use, both in the
hardcopy and digital environment
• Understand and analyze classical, contemporary and
alternative/emerging models of practice (particularly as it
relates to new trends with technology and the processing and
management of born digital records)
• Understand and analyze these archival activities in a larger
national and international context
• Understand the relationship and the synergy between archives
and allied areas (such as digital curation, digital humanities,
digital libraries, knowledge management, and digital forensics)
• Understand ethical and legal considerations and culturally
responsible approaches to archival work
• Arrange and describe a collection of personal papers or
organizational records using appropriate standards (DACS etc.)
• Demonstrate basic competence in data structure standards:
Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolled in this class are expected to
spend at least 50 hours outside of class time working at a local
archival repository. This work will take place over the course of
the semester and will involve group processing of previously
unarranged and undescribed material.


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