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Syllabus for the "Preparing for Fieldwork in Archives" workshop series.


This workshop is designed to help prepare graduate students conducting fieldwork in archives as a part of, or the whole of, their research. The sessions will first explain what archives are, how they work, and the theory and methods behind acquisition, processing, and accessibility of archival materials. Participants will then learn how to find archive, to search their holdings, and to read a finding aid, and tips will be given on how to request, use, collect material. The day will also include a session on research data management, or organizing all the information you find, led by Data Librarian Scout Calvert.

The workshop series includes a session on digitized and open access archives (including a discussion on the pros and cons of these archives for scholars) and a final session on the ethics of archives, particularly relevant for scholars working in subaltern archives (but also arguably important for all scholars). The workshop will also include strategies for how to partner and work side-by-side with the creators or stewards of the materials being used for research, including a discussion of grant opportunities for such initiatives.

Readings for the workshop are available in this LibGuide, and required readings must be completed prior to participation

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