Hosted by: Smithsonian Institution
Partnered with: General Anthropology Division
Of interest to: Anthropologists in any sub-field and stage of career
Primary Theme: Academic Career Development, Practicing / Applied Career Development, Humanistic Anthropology, Technical Skill Development
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Archives are increasingly being used in research by anthropologists in all four fields, however, few anthropologists receive specific training in how to conduct archival research. This workshop will demystify archival repositories and provide an orientation to conducting research in archives. The workshop will have three parts: 1. an overview of the nature of archival repositories (the principles of archival organization, what "access" and "preservation" mean in an archival context); 2. how to translate a research question into an archival research plan; and 3. how to use collection databases, catalogs, and finding aids to locate materials of interest. The workshop will be taught by archivists from repositories with significant anthropological holdings. Ample time will be given to assisting participants in searching for archival materials relevant to their own research interests.