This case study discusses an archival consulting project to document and preserve hidden collections in rural northern California. The paper provides an overview of the collecting institution (the Mother Lode Land Trust), the collections and their historical context, and the consulting process. The author highlights processing strategies to improve preservation and description while developing a post-custodial approach to managing collections in a rural, community-based archives setting.

Author Biography

Jillian Ewalt is a librarian for visual resources at the Univerity of Dayton. She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and Art Libraries Society, North America.



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