2013 Modern Archives Institute

The National Archives and Records Administration, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, presents two sessions of the Modern Archives Institute each year.

Modern Archives Institute
Modern Archives Institute
Modern Archives Institute
Modern Archives Institute

Information and Registration

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Modern Archives Institute
Room 307
National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
Fax:  202-357-5950

For further information, contact:

Phone:  202-357-5259

January 28–February 8, 2013
June 3–June 14, 2013


To introduce participants to archival theory and practice and the responsibilities of archival work.


Participants usually have limited archival experience and represent a wide variety of archival repositories, large and small, public and private. Priority is given to persons who work with archives or manuscripts. Managers whose organizations include archival units, persons from other professions who require a basic understanding of archival work, and those who are preparing for a career in archives and manuscripts will be admitted on a space-available basis.


The two-week program provides an introduction to archival principles and techniques for individuals who work with personal papers, as well as those who work with the records of public and private institutions and organizations. It is intended to help archivists acquire basic knowledge about caring for archival materials and making them available.

The Institute concentrates on the following basic archival functions:

  • Acquisition of archival material
  • Appraisal and disposition
  • Arrangement and description
  • Preservation
  • Reference and access
  • Public programs

Other topics include the management of archival institutions; administration of special types of archival materials, such as photographs and electronic records; funding; and ethics. The program includes lectures, discussions, workshops, a full day of activities at the Library of Congress, and tours of various units of the National Archives and Records Administration. Continuing education units are offered. Participants will receive several archival publications as well as other materials.

Cost of the Institute

The fee is $775. This includes publications and instructional materials. Transportation, room, and board are not included. Payment is required before participants can be considered enrolled, though slots may be reserved without payment before the payment deadline. Slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis for persons currently working in archives or manuscripts.


Participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations. Lodging information will be provided on request.

Location and Schedule

Most sessions will take place at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. We expect to spend two days at the National Archives Building in College Park, Maryland. The Institute will also meet one day at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday of the two weeks. There are no evening sessions. The Institute will end at noon on the last day.

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