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Sunday, August 16 • 9:00am - Monday, August 17 • 5:00pm
Architectural Records: Managing Design and Construction Records #1609 (Day 1 of 2) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Please Note: This course takes place off site.

Course Fees:
Advance / Regular

SAA Member: $289 / $349
Employees of Member Institutions: $329 / $389
Nonmember: $379 / $429

Course Description (2 days, 1.5 CEUs, 10 ARCs)

Architectural design and construction records are valuable sources for understanding and preserving the built and designed environment.  Because they document a complicated work process that includes numerous creators and results in voluminous mixed, oversized, often fragile materials and fugitive media, implementing the basic archival functions of appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, and reference can present a formidable task.

In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn how to appraise, preserve, and provide access to design and construction records. On the first day we’ll cover the process of design, legal issues, appraisal, types of records, arrangement, and description, including MPLP approaches; on the second day we’ll focus on media and support identification, preservation, reformatting, electronic records, reference, and patron use. Taking into consideration the diverse requirements of different types of repositories, as well as the reality of limited space and budgets, this workshop will present best practices as well as practical solutions.

Upon completion of this workshop you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the process of design and the records created and how this knowledge affects the appraisal, arrangement, and description of this material;

  • Recognize the special legal issues created by design and construction records;

  • Identify content and intent of design and construction drawings;

  • Develop methodologies for appraisal, arrangement, and description appropriate for a range of repositories;     

  • Find specific media and supports used for design and construction drawings;

  • Assess common types of deterioration, various options for holdings maintenance, and when to refer problems to professional conservators;

  • Name options for housing design and construction drawings and identify those that may be most appropriate for your institution and budget;

  • Make informed decisions for reformatting design and construction records for access and preservation;

  • List the issues with appraising and preserving computer-aided design and BIM records; and

  • Address specialized handling, reproduction, and use needs when providing reference and access for this material.

Who should attend?
Archivists, special collections librarians, and museum curators.

Knowledge assumed for this course:
Archival practice and professional standards.

Attendance is limited to 35.

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Waverly Lowell

Curator, University of California, Berkeley
As Curator of the Environmental Design Archives, I've developed a standard series system to facilitate processing large collections, worked with a magical method to make large slide collections readily and remotely accessible and promotes user driven digitization, and used Omeka... Read More →
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Tawny Ryan Nelb

President, Nelb Archival Consulting, Inc.
Tawny Ryan Nelb has a BA in American Studies and an MA in American History. After work for the Hoover Presidential Library and ten years with the Yale Manuscript and Archives Department, she became an independent archival consultant and historian in 1986. She has published over 30... Read More →

Sunday August 16, 2015 9:00am - Monday August 17, 2015 5:00pm EDT
Mowry Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

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