Program type:

Graduate Academic Certificate

Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Create, organize, and maintain archives to preserve valuble information and create records for the future.
Archival Management encompasses the complex and multi-faceted work of archivists in the 21st century. Students will utilize archival history and theory to gain a deep understanding of the underpinnings of archival thought while engaging directly with archival practice through real-world examples.

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Why Earn an Archival Management Certificate?

The Graduate Academic Certificate in Archival Management will provide students with the theoretical and practical background necessary to undertake careers in a variety of archival settings such as corporate archives, government archives and collecting repositories.

Because archivists approach the field from a variety of backgrounds this certificate will appeal to students in many of the humanities disciplines as well as students in the College of Information.

This academic certificate can help Master's students specializing in Library Science, Information Science, or other Master's degree holders or degree-seeking students who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of archival studies through graduate coursework, or supplement their academic studies by preparing for a possible career in Archival Management, such as:

  • Students interested in preserving history in all its recorded formats through a career as an archivist, manuscript curator, digital archivist, special collections librarian, or archival repository manager
  • Future leaders in archival, digital and preservation-related research
  • Librarians and archivists who want to update their archival skills
  • Anyone seeking to supplement their graduate education with valuable professional skills

Archival Management Certificate Highlights

Core courses pre-approved as qualifying coursework by the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Students with a Master’s degree in a humanities field may become ready for a career as an archivist without completing a second Master’s degree.
Upon completion of the Archival Management GAC, students may choose to pursue certification through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Courses taught by archival practitioners familiar with the challenges facing archivists today.

Archival Management Certificate Courses You Could Take

Archives and Manuscripts (3 hrs)
Examination of the major organizing concepts which guide modern archival and manuscript practices. Students utilize archival history and theory to understand the purpose of archives in society. Practices such as appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation, outreach, ethics, and management are examined in an archival context.
Archival Appraisal (3 hrs)
Appraisal theory and techniques are used by archivists to determine the “archival value” of records, manuscripts and photographs. An archivist’s determinations in the appraisal process significantly affect what materials are kept or discarded by archival repositories..
Records Management (3 hrs)
Operations in preparation, dissemination, organization, storing and retrieval, with emphasis on records control and utilization. Preservation and security problems; retention, transfer and disposal. Planning and supervising records management programs. Departmental functions and organization. Data-processing applications and online systems.
Digital Curation Fundamentals (3 hrs)
Introduces fundamental concepts, practices, procedures, processes and vocabulary for the entire curation lifecycle of digital materials and data, from creation through appraisal, ingest and storage, to access and reuse. Covers history and background; concepts and principles; community standards and practices; challenges and issues; and basic techniques for curating and managing digital materials and data.
Preservation (3 hrs)
Introduction to preservation management and techniques. Lectures and discussions of management practices, including stack management, collection development decisions and disaster preparedness. Laboratory work, including identification of book structures and hands-on experience with such basic preservation techniques as paper cleaning, paper mending and protective housing.
Archival Arrangement and Description (3 hrs)
Overview of the theoretical and methodical principles of archival arrangement and description. Emphasis placed on practical issues related to the arrangement and description of physical and electronic records, in addition to best practices.

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