This article explores the move of the Central Washington University Archives and Special Collections (CWUASC) to a new location from the fourth floor to the second floor of the James E. Brooks Library in 2018. The history of the CWUASC, reasons for the move, the planning and designing of the new space, the actual move of the collection by the archives staff, lessons learned, and the impact of the move in reaching a larger audience of faculty, staff, students, and the general public are described. A review of literature on other moves of archives and special collections is also provided.
Maurice R. Blackson is a Senior Lecturer faculty member and archivist at Central Washington University in its University Archives and Special Collections. He has served in this position since 2014. Julia Stringfellow is a Professor and the University Archivist at Central Washington University in its University Archives and Special Collections. She has served in this position since 2015.
Blackson, Maurice R. and Stringfellow, Julia
"It's Raining in the Archives: Practical Lessons and Impactful Results from Moving an Academic Archives,"
Journal of Western Archives: Vol. 12:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/vol12/iss1/5