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​Archives Without Tears 

Archives Without Tears (AWOT) is for those who work or volunteer inArchives Without Tears organizations that deal with historical records — whether it’s a historical society; museum; private, non-profit, or academic archives; local government office; the library’s local history room; or a historic site. AWOT aims to provide practical advice, sample forms and policies, and to do discuss archival best practices so that staff can collect, preserve, and assist researchers with the archival treasures in their care.

In-person Workshops

The affordable workshops comprise two full days, with the first focusing primarily on an A-Z of archival practices. Day two concentrates on disaster planning/preparedness, records management and includes a discussion about applying for PHMC's Historical and Archival Records Care Grants.

 Upcoming workshops:

  •  None planned at this time on account of pandemic restrictions. 

Online Key Concepts Overview Modules

These FREE modules provide very brief and basic overviews of the more in-depth content available through the in-person two-day workshops.

1: Introduction to Archives and Archivists
2: Collections Policy
3: Appraisal/Accessioning
4: Processing/Preservation
5: Finding Aids
6: Environment/Housing
7: Access
8: Digitization
9: Outreach