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Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities
Thomas P. Wilsted
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1034-4
Publisher: SAA
Price: $52.00
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204 pages
8.5” x 11”
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1034-4
Year Published: 2007

This resource is designed specifically to assist those planning archival facilities and directed to those who have never taken on this responsibility. It can also be used as a text to educate architects and others working with archival building planners about specific functional and collection needs. The book covers the building process, renovating existing buildings, technical issues such as fire protection, security and the building environment, equipment including shelving and move planning. Include a glossary of terms, recently completed facilities, and a listing of equipment and moving companies.

About the Author

Thomas P. Wilsted is an archival consultant specializing in archival facilities and archival management. He has served as Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Associate Director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, Director of the Salvation Army Archives, and Manuscripts Librarian at the National Library of New Zealand. At the Dodd Center, much of his work was directed toward grant writing, fundraising and developing digital programs. Wilsted has a graduate degree in history and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He has taught SAA workshops on management and planning and on new and remodeled archival facilities. He is the co-author of Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories, published by the Society of American Archivists in 1992. It won the SAA’s Waldo Leland Gifford Prize and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Arline Custer Award. He also co-edited Archives and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects and Engineers.

"Particular strengths of the book are its simplicity, directness, and comprehensiveness (attention to post-hand over management is especially welcome). . . The book will undoubtedly help all those interested in the provision of new archival facilities."
— Christopher Powell, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Business Archives Principles and Practice (May 2008)

"This book is wriitten in an approachable style, even when covering highly technical issues. It will be useful not only to archivists, architects, engineers, and other specialists involved in planning and seeing through an archive building, but also in explaining to governing bodies and sponsors precisely what they are being called upon to support and why."
—Christopher Kitching, Journal of the Society of Archivists (October 2007) and author of Archive Buildings in the United Kingdom, 1993–2005

"Archival Facilities fills a huge gap in the professional literature. Thoughtful and informative, Tom Wilsted offers a well-organized look at planning new and remodeled archival buildings that directs the reader through numerous and varied issues associated with archives construction. Extensively researched and clearly written, this authoritative book provides a comprehensive guide for archivists, architects, facility planners, conservators, and anyone else undertaking an archival facility project."
—Michelle Pacifico, Archival Consultant

"Tom Wilsted's book is a most welcome addition to the literature on archival buildings. It deals with a vast array of subjects, including building design, construction, fitout, management, and maintenance. It does all this in a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand, manner for which Tom is to be congratulated."
—Ted Ling, author of Solid, Safe, Secure: Building Archives Repositories in Australia

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