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March 10, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Roots & Branches: Workshops help those who keep history of state

This article originally appeared on on March 6, 2011 and was written by James M. Beidler.

When a survey of repositories entrusted with Pennsylvania’s historical and archival records was done some years ago, the data came back with an average paid professional staffing number of just under one person per repository. It doesn’t take a math genius to extrapolate from that figure that once you remove the state’s few better-staffed places from the list, you’re left with a significant number of places that are staffed with only volunteers (and I cringe at the memory of one large genealogical research library that actually elects its “librarian”). In part as a reaction to this situation, the Pennsylvania State Archives has run training workshops called “Archives Without Tears.” These affordable workshops are designed for those who work or volunteer in an organization that deals with the past – whether that is a museum; archives (private, nonprofit or college); municipal clerk office; library local history room; or a historic site. [link to full article]


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