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2014 Modern Archives Institute

The National Archives and Records Administration, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, presents two sessions of the Modern Archives Institute each year.

Modern Archives Institute
Modern Archives Institute
Modern Archives Institute
Modern Archives Institute


To introduce participants to archival theory and practice and the responsibilities of archival work.

Questions or comments? Please contact:
William A. Mayer, Executive for Research Services

Recipient of SAA's 2006 Distinguished Service Award


Participants usually have limited archival experience and represent a wide variety of archival repositories, large and small, public and private. Priority is given to persons who work with archives or manuscripts. Managers whose organizations include archival units, persons from other professions who require a basic understanding of archival work, and those who are preparing for a career in archives and manuscripts will be admitted on a space-available basis.


The two-week program provides an introduction to archival principles and techniques for individuals who work with personal papers, as well as those who work with the records of public and private institutions and organizations. It is intended to help archivists acquire basic knowledge about caring for archival materials and making them available.

The Institute concentrates on the following basic archival functions:

  • Acquisition of archival material
  • Appraisal and disposition
  • Arrangement and description
  • Preservation
  • Reference and access
  • Public programs

Other topics include the management of archival institutions; administration of special types of archival materials, such as photographs and electronic records; funding; and ethics. The program includes lectures, discussions, workshops, a full day of activities at the Library of Congress, and tours of various units of the National Archives and Records Administration. Continuing education units are offered. Participants will receive several archival publications as well as other materials.

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