Roundtable Historians and Principles of Access to Archives

AHA Session 135
Saturday, January 7, 2012: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Clark Room (Chicago Marriott Downtown)
Laura Isabel Serna, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
Steven A. Barnes, George Mason University
Susan M. Gauss, University at Albany (State University of New York)
Trudy H. Peterson, consulting archivist
Timothy L. Scarnecchia, Kent State University

Session Abstract

The International Council on Archives—the world professional organization of archivists—is currently developing an international set of principles on access to archives that should go out for public comment in the summer. The ICA wants comments from groups that affected by access policies including (of course) historians. Trudy Peterson, chair of the committee drafting these standards, will present the principles, and a number of historians who have experienced the challenges of gaining access to archival materials around the world will discuss will comment on their potential utility and value.

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