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Starting From Scratch: Creating Synagogue Archives | Publications

VIII. Appendix

Archives and Archival Organizations

American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
(513) 221-1875 (phone) 
(513) 221-7812 (fax)

Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425 
Chicago, Illinois 60602-3315
(312) 606-0722 (phone)
(312) 606-0728 (fax)

Archival Supply Vendors

Hollinger Metal Edge
(800) 634-0491 (phone)
(800) 947-8814 (fax)

University Products, Inc.
(800) 628-1912 (phone)
(800) 532-9281 (fax)

Selected Readings

  • Bradsher, James G., ed. Managing Archives and Archival Institutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

    This is a compilation of essays that explain, clearly and simply, the basics of archival work. There is emphasis on the practical aspects of archival work with inclusion of introductory archival theory. An excellent source for the beginning archivist

  • Daniels, Maygene F., ed. A Modern Archives Reader: Basic Readings on Archival Theory and Practice. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1984.

    This is another compilation of essays similar to Bradsher's Managing Archives. There is good practical advice but this volume includes more introductory material on archival theory and history than does Bradsher. Still, a solid and useful source.

  • Duckett, Kenneth W. Modern Manuscripts: A Practical Manual for Their Management, Care, and Use. Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1975.

    This volume, though dated, is an excellent introduction to arrangement and description of manuscripts and archives. Duckett discusses, in very clear terms, all the steps in arrangement and description. This book also has chapters on the uses of archives and development of public programs.

  • Ellis, Judith, ed. Keeping Archives Second Edition. Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Society of Archivists, 1993.

    This is a more advanced collection of essays dealing with theoretical issues of archival principles and functions. It is also useful as a non-American look at archives and archival practice.

  • Fortson, Judith. Disaster Planning and Recovery. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 1992.

  • This handbook, as its title says, discusses disaster planning and recovery. It show how to prepare a disaster preparation manual and presents techniques for salvaging damaged documents. There is also a useful bibliography of related readings.

  • Society of American Archivists. Archival Fundamental Series. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1990-1993.

    This is a series of seven manuals that discuss, in detail, the major areas of archival work: Appraisal, Arrangement and Description, Preservation, Reference, and Management. This is must reading for every archivist. It is also valuable as a reference tool.

For additional publications, check the latest publications catalog from the Society of American Archivists.