ABSTRACT Using examples from recent archival practice at two western land-grant universities, this article examines the potential benefits of enlisting volunteers from donor organizations to appraise as well as process the archival records of their own associations. The discussion addresses questions regarding the use of trained volunteers to perform appraisal activities, challenges in working with volunteers, and outreach opportunities for archival education among interested members of donor organizations.
Charles B. Stanford joined the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department in January 2007 after serving as a project archivist in Pittsburgh, where he received his MLIS in August 2006. He works with the Rio Grande Historical Collections, a repository which focuses on the history of New Mexico during the late nineteenth-century through the present day. Linda M. Meyer (MA, History) has worked as an archivist with the agricultural collections of the Colorado State University Libraries (CSUL) since 2004. The CSUL Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive preserves records documenting the agrarian and resource history of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
Stanford, Charles B. and Meyer, Linda M.
"Donor Volunteers as Archival Appraisers? Possibilities and Considerations,"
Journal of Western Archives: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/vol2/iss1/3