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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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.