A more thorough understanding of disasters can help archivists assemble and acquire collections of depth that will be of wide use to scholars, survivors, and others. To investigate the broader context of disasters, the focus of this article is on natural disasters, looking at floods in particular, with the hope that the information can be applied to other tragedies. The article includes an in-depth examination of disaster studies literature of assistance to archivists, along with accounts of experiences working with flood collections.

Author Biography

Patricia J. Rettig is an associate professor and archivist for the Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University. She earned her MLS at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has served as an officer for the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists. She has been with the Water Resources Archive since its formation in 2001.



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