An American Political Archives Reader

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Glenn Gray, Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Karen D. Paul
Scarecrow Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 488 pages
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The personal papers of former members of Congress, which constitute at least half of the documentation of the legislative branch of government, are held in over 500 different institutions. An American Political Archives Reader performs the vital task of making these collections more accessible by presenting the best and most recent scholarship on congressional collections.

The articles contained in this volume guide archivists through the challenges of dealing with these voluminous, complex collections. For institutions developing their political documentary resources and working toward greater accessibility of political archives, this book provides much needed information and is a welcome handbook on the appraisal and preservation of political collections.
 

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Contents

Part IV Arranging and Describing Political Collections
253
Chapter 18 Processing Political Collections
255
A Progression of Access Tools
279
What to Do If National Security Officials Visit
309
Access and the Politics of Processing Congressional Collections
317
Part V Building Research Centers
345
Chapter 22 Raising Private Monies to Support Archival Programs
347
Chapter 23 Creating the Howard Baker Center
359

Private vs Public Ownership
89
Collection Development Policies
107
Chapter 9 Oral History as a Documentation Strategy for Political Collections
121
Finding and Obtaining What You Want
131
Part III Appraising Political Collections
143
Chapter 11 Appraising Modern Congressional Collections
145
Chapter 12 Appraising the Papers of State Legislators
165
Chapter 13 Appraisal of Congressional Records at the Minnesota Historical Society
181
Chapter 14 Appraisal of John J Williams Papers
197
Appraisal Standards for Strom Thurmond Memorabilia
207
Reenvisioning the Place of Artifacts in Archives
221
Reconsidering the Research Use of Correspondence and Casework Files
235
An Evolutionary Model
365
Part VI Using Political Collections
379
A Historians View
381
Chapter 26 Congressional Archives and Policy History
391
What Archivists Need to Know About Political Scientists
401
Where the Mundane Becomes Compelling
419
An Alternative Mode of Research for Congress Scholars
429
Chronology of Advances in Preserving the Documentation of Congress
441
Index
447
About the Authors and Contributors
471
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About the author (2009)

Glenn Gray is archivist at the Central Valley Political Archive and the assistant special collections librarian at the Henry Madden Library at California State University.

Rebecca Johnson Melvin is librarian and coordinator of the Manuscripts Unit in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

Karen D. Paul is archivist in the Senate Historical Office.