2016 Western Archives Institute

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The 30th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University* in Santa Clara, California.
July 10-22, 2016

(Admission to the program is by application only and enrollment is limited)

 

2016 WAI Application Documents

What is Western Archives Institute:

The Western Archives Institute (WAI) is an intensive, two–week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including:

  • those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but have little or no previous archives education
  • those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials
  • those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction
  • those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career

The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

 

Western Archives Institute Faculty:

Core sessions of the Institute are taught by a leading archival educators. Prior Principal Faculty include Tim Ericson, Elizabeth Yakel, Elizabeth Dow, Rand Jimerson, David B. Gracy II, and Gregory S. Hunter. Additional sessions are taught by adjunct educators selected because of their knowledge based on a particular subject and professional recognition.

Thomas Wilsted has agreed to serve as the 2016 Principal Faculty Member.  During his career, he has worked at the Illinois State Historical Library, the National Library of New Zealand, The Salvation Army Archives and Research Center, and the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.  He is currently the principal at Wilsted Consulting.  He is the author of Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (SAA, 1991), Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities (SAA, 2007) and co-editor of Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2010).   He taught archives administration at the University of Wyoming and the University of Connecticut as well as numerous workshops for the Society of American Archivists.  Most recently, he developed and taught workshops and webinars on fundraising and archival management for the California State Historical Records Advisory Board.  Mr. Wilsted is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Western Archives Institute Fees:

  1. Tuition for the Institute is $700 and includes a selection of archival publications.
  2. Residents and commuters also pay a non–negotiable fee for program transportation, facility costs, opening dinner, and closing luncheon.*
  3. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost.*

* Non–negotiable fee and housing/meal costs available February 2016.

2016 Application Deadline: March 4, 2016

2016 Application Forms

2016 WAI Application (PDF)
2016 WAI Application (DOC)
Application Cover Letter (PDF)
Local Arrangements (PDF)
Important Dates for 2016 WAI (PDF)

For additional information, contact:
Administrator
Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 653–7715
Fax: (916) 653–7134

Email: California State Archives

 

The Western Archives Institute is co–sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.

 

*This event is not a function of Santa Clara University.