College and University Archives: Readings in Theory and Practice

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The 13 essays in this volume offer provocative commentary and analysis in the ways archivists might better document college and university campuses and serve users. Three intertwined themes run throughout the reader: the opportunities and challenges posed by ever-changing technology, the importance of cooperation and collaboration beyond the walls of the archives, and the necessity of a proactive approach in undertaking the academic archival enterprise. As the essays gathered here demonstrate, archivists can and must play an active role in documenting the character and history of their institutions by applying their talents to the challenges in this new century.

Preface / v

Part One: Redefining the Role of College and University Archives

Chapter 1
Academic Archives: Retrospect and Prospect / 3
Nicholas C. Burckel

Chapter 2
The Impact of Information Technology on Academic Archives in the Twenty-first Century / 27
Helen R. Tibbo

Chapter 3
Electronic Publishing and Institutional Memory / 53
Robert P. Spindler

Part Two: Capturing Campus Histories

Chapter 4
Remembering Alma Mater: Oral History and the Documentation of Student Culture, with a new Afterword: Reflections on Oral History in Academia in the Digital Age / 71
Ellen D. Swain

Chapter 5
Giving It More Than theOld College Try: Documenting Diverse Populations in College and University Archives / 97
Kathryn M. Neal

Chapter 6
"Though This Be Madness, yet There Is Method in't": Assessing the Value of Faculty Papers and Defining a Collecting Policy / 117
Tom Hyry, Diane Kaplan, and Christine Weideman

Part Three: Managing Efficient Programs

Chapter 7
Perspectives on Outreach at College and University Archives / 137
Tamar G. Chute

Chapter 8
Optimum Access? Processing in College and University Archives / 155
Christopher J. Prom

Chapter 9
Reframing Records Management in Colleges and Universities / 185
Nancy M. Kunde

Part Four: Serving Our Users

Chapter 10
Balancing Issues of Privacy and Confidentiality in College and University Archives / 211
Tim Pyatt

Chapter 11
Copyright Law and Unpublished Materials: Fair Use and Strategies for Archival Management / 227
Kenneth D. Crews

Chapter 12
Encoded Finding Aids as a Transforming Technology in Archival Reference Service / 245
Richard V. Szary
Chapter 13
Managing Expectations, Expertise, and Effort While Extending Services to Researchers in Academic Archives / 261
Elizabeth Yakel

Contributors / 287

Notes / 291

Index / 339

Christopher J. Prom


Ellen D. Swain