About AERI: Archival Education and Research Institutes

Funded by two four-year grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, annual week-long Archival Education and Research Institutes (AERI) are hosted by partner institutions. Past institutes were held at UCLA in 2009, University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2010, Simmons College in 2011, and UCLA in 2012. Future institutes will be held by University of Texas at Austin in 2013, University of Pittsburgh in 2014, and University of North Carolina in 2015. The Institutes are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. Institutes are open to all academic faculty and doctoral students working in Archival Studies, both nationally and internationally.

A second component of AERI is the encouragement of a larger and more diverse cohort of doctoral students in Archival Studies. For this, several funding opportunities have been made avialable. The Emerging Archival Scholars Program (2011-2015) provides up to six scholarships for minority students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are considering a doctoral degree in Archival Studies to attend AERI 2012 as well as additional mentoring and research opportunities. The Archival Education and Research (AER) Doctoral Fellows comprise two cohorts (2009 and 2010) of doctoral students who have been awarded 4-year fellowships to undertake a doctoral program focusing on Archival Studies at one of the eight participating colleges or universities through competitive 4-year Fellowships.

The goal of AERI is to advance the field of Archival Studies in the following ways:

  1. Create a dynamic community of researchers, teachers, and students to help mentor doctoral students and faculty in areas such as thesis writing, grant writing, publishing, and career development.
  2. Advance curriculum development in Archival Studies.
  3. Further current research development through presentations, posters, and workshop activities.
  4. Foster interest in future collaborations both nationally and internationally.

AERI will provide a dynamic venue for archival researchers and teachers to interact in an intensive, collegial collaborative environment