Resources for New Archivists

This web page has been created by the Section Steering Committee in response to requests from members for some basic assistance aimed at new archivists, especially those with little formal training who find themselves as caretakers of archives or manuscript and historical collections. The links on this page are intended as a starting point that can be used to supplement other educational opportunities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and the SAA basic manual series.

There are a plethora of useful sites on the internet and it was a conscious decision not to attempt to create a comprehensive gateway; rather a few links were chosen to illustrate each core archival function and added links to supplemental educational and informational sites. It is difficult keeping links to a manageable size, especially when one considers the extensive scope of tasks most modern archivists are expected to address: development, outreach, disaster planning, copyright law, security, education, exhibits, technology, and public relations to name a few.

We hope we have created a useful set of links to tools and information which will serve as a helpful starting point for new archivists.



A Guide to Deeds of Gift by SAA Manuscript Repositories and Appraisal and Acquisition Sections

A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository by SAA Manuscript Repositories Section

A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository by SAA Manuscript Repositories Section


Archival Processing Manual by Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Special Collections Archival Procedures Manual by Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Archives and Manuscripts Processing Manual by University of Texas at Arlington


Selected Readings in Preservation by SAA Preservation Section

Conservation OnLine by Stanford University Libraries Preservation Department

Preserving Memories: Caring For Your Heritage by Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) maintained by the Library of Congress

MARC Standards by the Library of Congress

EAD Help Pages by the Society of American Archivists EAD Roundtable


Using Manuscripts and Archives: A Tutorial by Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University

The Archives Library Information Center by the National Archives and Records Administration


SAA Continuing Professional Education

Council of State Historical Records Coordinators (COSHRC)

Archives Resource Center (ARC)


SAA Publications Catalog

Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Publications

Resources For Archival & Records Management Studies: Readings & Web Sites by Richard J. Cox, University of Pittsburgh School of Library & Information Sciences


Subscribe to a listserv for archives students and new archivists

SAA subgroups, including sections, roundtables, committees, and student chapters

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Copyright Information by the United State Copyright Office

Ready, Net, Go! Archival Internet Resources by Tulane University Libraries Special Collections

Repositories of Primary Sources by University of Idaho Special Collections

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