Introduction to Archives Preservation
Instructor: Gretchen Shoemaker
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $1,050
Regular Registration: $1,100
This course is an introduction to preservation principles and practices for archival collections. Ms. Shoemaker will provide participants with the necessary information to make sound decisions for collections care, storage, and treatment — with special attention given to providing practical solutions for smaller budgets. Participants will deepen their understanding of the types of materials found in archival collections and how they are affected by time, handling, and environment. Discussions and labs will focus on best practices to handle, house, and monitor archival collections; these will include how to use basic tools for document prepping, how to assess damage to a collection, and how to monitor and regulate temperature and humidity. Participants are encouraged to contact Ms. Shoemaker in advance if they have specific topics they would like her to address, or they may bring questions to class.
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Gretchen Shoemaker is a Reference Archivist for the National Archives at St. Louis. Prior to her current position, Ms. Shoemaker has worked for the National Archives and Records Administration since 2001. She served as a Preservation Specialist from 2005 - 2016, specializing in treatment of burned records and disaster recovery. She has been teaching preservation basics and disaster response through workshops, conferences, and employee training for over 12 years. As a student, Ms. Shoemaker interned with the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System. She also gained experience in museum exhibits, education, and curation while working for the Illinois State Military Museum, The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and the University Museum at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.