2021 Western Archives Institute

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The Western Archives Institute will be held online

July 6 - July 16, 2021

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


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 features 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, Gregory S. Hunter, and Dennis Meissner. Additional sessions are taught by adjunct educators selected because of their knowledge based on a particular subject and professional recognition.

Joshua Kitchens has agreed to serve as the 2021 Principal Faculty Member. Mr. Kitchens is the Director of the Clayton State Archival Studies program, where he teaches a variety of courses that cover archival topics including Digital Preservation, Law and Ethics, Appraisal, and various special topics courses. He previously served as an Archivist for Special Collections at the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library. There he was responsible for digital collections, the library's institutional repository known as the Knowledge Box, and the university archives. He holds a BA in history from Georgia College and an MA in Applied History from George Mason University, and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University. Joshua is currently working on a Ph.D. in public history at Georgia State University. He is also a certified archivist and serves on the Examination Development Committee for the Academy of Certified Archivists. Currently, he is researching appraisal practices and representation/access of archival collections and public records.


Western Archives Institute Fees:

1. Tuition for the Institute is $570 and includes a selection of archival publications. (To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship [https://www.calarchivists.org/Awards_Scholarships/WAI] is available.)

2021 Application Deadline - March 15, 2021


2021 Application Forms

The application for the 2021 Western Archives Institute can be completed online by clicking on the link below. A Word of PDF copy of the application is available upon request. Please contact the Administrator at WAI@sos.ca.gov.

Click here for the 2021 Western Archives Institute Application


For additional information, contact:

Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814



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