INF 389R - Introduction to Archival Enterprise I
Introduction to the records aspect of archival enterprise, from acquisition to use, with emphasis on arrangement and description.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
INF 389D and INF 389R may not both be counted.
If you are looking for an interesting and fun course to take in
the fall semester please think about signing up for 389R:
Archival Enterprise I. The course is a general introduction to
archival work, with a particular emphasis on learning how to
arrange and describe archival collections so that these materials
can be made accessible to the wider community.
Although many students taking AEI are interested in becoming
archivists and/or records managers, many librarians will also
have an opportunity during their career to manage historical
collections. Public libraries often have local history
collections. School librarians may be in charge of establishing
and running a school archive. Academic librarians may need to
know how to work with manuscript material (particularly if
working in a special collections environment). Corporate/special
librarians may be expected to manage the historical records of an
organization or institution.
The main assignment for the course involves arranging and
describing an archival collection for a repository in town. In
the past, students have worked at the Harry Ransom Center, the
LBJ Presidential Library, the Austin History Center, the Texas
State Library and Archives, the Alexander Architectural Archive,
and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, to name but a
Further information about the course (including past syllabi) can
be found at:
If you have any questions please feel free to email Ciaran Trace