The Management of College and University Archives (Society of American Archivists)

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In the first and only basic text available on the subject, Maher introduces the elements required for an archival program to meet the documentary needs of a college or university. For archivists, their administrative superiors, and related professionals. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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William Maher is Assistant University Archivist and Humanities Preservation Project Director, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has written over a dozen articles for professional journals, including seminal works on processing costs and financial administration and on the nature of college and university archives.

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...it not only provides an authoritative guide to establishing and maintaining university archives, but its principles can also be applied to other types of archival programs. It would also be an excellent text for students enrolled in archival management courses. (Australian Library Journal)

Those individuals searching for a one volume reference on the administration of college and university archives will find this volume a useful start, in that Maher has left hardly a subject of relevance untreated will stand as an important reference... (Jasis)

...there are insights to be drawn from Maher's general analysis of how to operate in the higher education environment...a greater sense of idealism that we could learn from. (Archives and Manuscripts: Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists)

...Maher skillfully intertwines complex archival issues with the fundamental theories and skills...Like Helen Samuels in Varsity Letters, Maher rallies the professional archivist to transcend passive archival practice. He challenges archivists to dynamically affect the preservation of records from student and faculty groups... (Nea Newsletter)

...quite comprehensive...an excellent job...Any academic library with an archives should regard this book as an essential purchase for the program. (Journal of Academic Librarianship)

...Maher's synthetic contribution is commendable...makes far more interesting reading than a mere manual; it even becomes provocative. (The Library Quarterly)

...addresses itself also in an intelligible way to senior management staff who would have overall responsibility for an archives service...contains a useful and practical outline programme...important additions to the corpus of professional literature... (Journal Of The Society Of Archivists)

...The volumes complement each other and belong on the reference shelves of everyone concerned with the administration of academic archives...This book offers an important reminder that archivists and curators responsible for college and university records need to give considerable thought to what records ought to be in their archives... This volume sets out a useful and practical plan for developing a documentation strategy for those archives. (Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship)

...excellent volume accomplishes its goal...Maher's treatment is thorough, and his writing is both clear and authoritative...The volume belongs in any library in an institution which has an archives, and in any library that serves the academic and scholarly community. Any library administrator who is considering initiating an archives program could use this volume as a guide. (Collection Management)

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