Archival Adventures in Small Repositories

Surveying to Begin in Chester and Delaware Counties

Tuesday, 5/14/13

The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories is gearing up to begin surveying in Chester and Delaware counties.

Recently, the HCI-PSAR staff held two "orientations" for local historical societies and other small archival repositories that may be eligible for inclusion in our project. Last week, Project Director Jack McCarthy introduced the HCI-PSAR project to a packed house at a meeting of the Delaware County Historic and Preservation Network, held at the Delaware County Court House. This week my co-surveyor Faith and I joined him at the Chester County Historical Society to talk to organizations based in Chester County. If you were not able to attend the events, you can view slides from our presentations here:

  • Project Director Jack McCarthy's presentation described the HCI-PSAR project's goals and objectives, defined what constitutes a "small archival repository," and summarized the results of HCI-PSAR Phase I in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.
  • Project Surveyors Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton's presentation specified what materials are included in the HCI-PSAR survey, explained how to prepare for and what to expect from survey appointments, and provided an overview of project outcomes including the finding aid website.

Also presenting at both events was Prudence Haines, Director of History Affiliates, another HSP initiative for small history organizations. (Friday is the deadline for nominations for the History Affiliates "HIP" Awards, celebrating achievements by small history organizations with budgets under $1.5 million. It's easy to self-nominate and not too late to apply! Contact Pru to ask for an extension.)

Now that you know what we're about, we hope that you will participate in HCI-PSAR! If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact Andrée Mey Miller (215-732-6200 x234).

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