SUU & Utah State Archives Partner to Provide Archives Training

Published: October 03, 2007 | Read Time: 1 minutes

The Utah State Archives and Southern Utah University’s Gerald R. Sherratt Library are partnering to offer a basic archives seminar on Thursday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. in celebration of National Archives Month. The seminar, which will be held in SUU’s Library, is open to any members of an organization with an interest in or responsibility for historic records.

This training is the first in a series of events to protect vital historical records across the state, and will cover areas such as appraisal, archival processing, preservation of records, and how to apply for grants to preserve your historic documents and images.

The workshop’s training staff will include archivists from the State Archives, the Mountain West Digital Library, and SUU’s Sherratt Library – one of Utah’s twelve regional repositories.

The seminar is free, and to help ensure all institutional archivists have an opportunity for this important training, Utah State Archives has provided funding that allows all participants to be reimbursed for travel expenses to the event.

The seminar will be held in Room 002 of the Library. Lunch will be provided, and the afternoon session will conclude by 3:00 p.m. Individuals working to preserve community archival records are eligible for financial assistance to attend the training. Please RSVP to SUU’s Archivist Paula Mitchell at or 435-586-7945 by Monday, October 8.

Funding for these historical records workshops is ensured under a 2007 State Legislature bill, sponsored by Representative Wayne A. Harper, appropriating funds for statewide regional repository training and development programs. Harper, a member of the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, has long had an interest in the preservation and public access of Utah’s historical documentary materials. The appropriation will provide training opportunities and grants to institutions which hold historic records.

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