LIBR 539H (3) Personal Archives [cross-listed with ARST 575K]

Offered on an irregular basis


ARST 575K: completion of the MAS core courses for MAS students and ARST 520

LIBR 539H: completion of MLIS core courses and LIBR 579G

Dual students must meet the prerequisites for the section [ARST or LIBR] in which they are registered.

GOAL: This course will introduce students to the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary for the management of archives created by individuals, families and communities. After completing the course, students will understand the particular challenges posed by such archives and will have gained knowledge and strategies necessary to meet these challenges.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the theoretical and methodological issues related to the archives of individuals, families and communities. [1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 5.1]*
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze personal archives and to make decisions about how best to treat them. [1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 5.1]*
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how non-organizational archives both strengthen and challenge traditional archival ideas.

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.


  • The nature and characteristics of personal and community archives
  • Issues related to the appraisal and acquisition of personal archives
  • Issues related to the arrangement and description of personal archives
  • Digital personal archives
  • Ethical and legal issues related to personal and community archives
  • Community archives projects and goals
  • The relationship between community archives and established archival institutions
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