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Your Community, Your Archives

Event Details

March 5, 2022 9:00 AM
Location: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Avenue
Ames, IA/50010
Contact Name: Rachel Seale
Email: rmseale@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-5311
Website: https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/events/your-community-your-archives

Event Description

Participants will be introduced to community archiving and encouraged to see the value of recording their history for themselves and those who weren’t there to witness it firsthand.  This workshop is for underrepresented groups and individuals with collective stories to tell and share.

Iowa State University Special Collections and University Archives staff will address the principles and purpose of archives and why you should think long-term about archiving the documents and media that tell your story or the story of your social movement. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining materials long-term. We’ll share examples of how to manage and preserve personal archives, family papers, and organizational records. Techniques include inventorying documents and media types and exploring storage and access options as strategies for sustainability.

There will be time during the workshop to start your archival plan and identify next steps toward preserving your archives.