Welcome to Documenting the Humanities: Archiving the History of ACLS. I intend to post on the blog weekly depending on what I dig up while processing the collection of organizational materials from the 1950s to the 1990s. Please check out the other pages on this blog (see left sidebar) to familiarize yourself with the goal and parameters of the blog.
I am an archivist. For the uninitiated among us, here’s a handy definition offered by the Society of American Archivists:
The primary task of the archivist is to establish and maintain control, both physical and intellectual, over records of enduring value. Archivists select records, a process that requires an understanding of the historical context in which the records were created, the uses for which they were intended, and their relationships to other sources. The archivist then arranges and describes the records, in accordance with accepted standards and practices; ensures the long-term preservation of collections; assists researchers; and plans and directs exhibitions, publications, and other outreach programs to broaden the use of collections and to enlist support for archival programs (emphasis my own).
Okay, now that we’re all caught up, look forward to my next post detailing what I found when I started this position just a few short months ago and how I’ve begun to dig my way out!