2019 Western Archives Institute


The 33rd annual Western Archives Institute will be held at San Diego State University
June 9 - June 21, 2019

(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 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, 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 2019 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 $725 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 2019.

2019 Application Deadline - March 1, 2019

 The application for the 2019 Western Archives Institute can be completed online by clicking on the link below. A Word or PDF copy of the application is available upon request. Please contact the Administrator at WAI@sos.ca.gov.


Click here for the 2019 Western Archives Application

Application Cover Letter 2019

Local Arrangements Information 2019

Important Dates for the 2019 WAI

For additional information, contact:

Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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

Email: Western Archives Institute

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