Bring order out of chaos
A successful archives program keeps historical material and inactive records well-organized, preserved, and described for easy access and use. Whether public or private, your archives serve as a vital resource for collective memory. However, just keeping up with the volume of information generated every day can be overwhelming.
We can help. If you need to develop or improve your archival program, we have experience addressing a wide range of challenges – from establishing an archives for the Department of Homeland Security to assessing a digital archives collection for the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. Big or small; complex or simple; analog, digital, or hybrid; we will roll up our sleeves and deliver the best, cost-effective solution that works for you.
Our professionals bring flexibility, talent, and a spirit of cooperation to their work. They all are professionally trained in archives or library science and most are Certified Archivists. Our digital archives team is led by a leading expert on the long-term preservation and access of electronic information. We can also call upon our staff of museum professionals who have expertise managing fine art and historical objects that are often part of a collection.
Archival Services include:
Identify gaps in your current program, address immediate needs, and receive prioritized recommendations for future activities to ensure a successful ongoing archival program.
Archival Program Planning
Develop a formal collection policy that codifies management practices, guides decision-making, and promotes programmatic stability and viability.
Ensure that materials are preserved and readily accessible through arrangement, removal of duplicate material, identifying restrictions to access, physical rehousing, and description. For digital materials, generate fixity values, identify file formats, and conduct virus checks.
Establish policies and procedures for maintaining the proper archival storage conditions for a wide range of material types, including hard copy and digital materials.
Train staff, update procedural documents, or receive hands-on assistance for regular processing, maintenance, and management of your material.
For more detail on how we’ve solved problems for federal, state, and local government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit institutions, explore our case stories. Or call us at (301) 279-9697 or contact History Associates to discuss your archives project.