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Help Pages and Master Index to Native Catholic Records Guide

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Recommended for Small Catholic Church and/or Native American Repositories

rev. 2008

Many of these resources are free.

Basics for Record Keepers and Donors

Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists, Basic Standards for Diocesan Archives: A Guide for Bishops, Chancellors, and Archivist, James O’Toole, 1991

The Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, The Pastoral Function of Church Archives, Vatican City, 1997; A 45-page circular letter that reinforces the basic points of Catholic Church Canon Law for diocesan archives and the commitment to archives expressed by the Popes, past and present. It acknowledged the importance of preservation and access to church archives, professional training for archivists, and the public’s growing interest in using church archives.

Society of American Archivists: http://www.archivists.org/publications/free.asp; see Deeds of Gift: What Donors Should Know, Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository, and Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository; Professional Resources Catalog: http://www.archivists.org/catalog/index.asp; see Native American Archives: An Introduction, John A. Fleckner, 1984

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections Department: Don't Throw it Away! Documenting and Preserving Organizational History, Sandra Florand Young, 1995, 23 pp. + 4 handouts; contact: glagana@uic.edu


General Resources

American Indian Library Association: http://ailanet.org/

Archives Association of British Columbia, Archivist’s Toolkit: http://aabc.ca/resources/archivists-toolkit/

Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists, Records Management for Parishes and Schools, David P. Gray, 1987 {revised guide under development by Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists}

Association of American Genealogists -- Native American Ancestry, American Indian Genealogy, http://www.intl-research.com/native.htm

Diocese of Rockville Centre, Archives in Church Law: http://www.drvc.org/diocesan-archives/archives-in-church-law.html

Marquette University, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Sample Schedules for Record Retention and Disposition: Primary Schedule for a Catholic Parish and School, /library/archives/NativeGuide/Help/Primary.pdf; Secondary Schedule for School, /library/archives/NativeGuide/Help/School.pdf; Secondary schedule for Museum or Heritage Center, /library/archives/NativeGuide/Help/Museum.pdf; and Secondary Schedule for Radio Station, /library/archives/NativeGuide/Help/Radio.pdf

National Forum on Archival Continuing Education (NFACE), Archives Resource Center: https://www.statearchivists.org/resource-center/resource-library/

National Information Standards Organization, http://www.niso.org/; see Environmental Guidelines for the Storage of Paper Records

Northeast Document Conservation Center, http://www.nedcc.org/

Society of American Archivists, Free Online Resources: http://www.archivists.org/publications/free.asp, and Online Professional Resources Catalog: http://www.archivists.org/catalog/index.asp

Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference, http://www.atalm.org/; a biannual event for tribal information specialists

Protocols for Native American Archival Materials, http://www2.nau.edu/libnap-p/index.html; Ethical best-practice guidelines for administering collections with Native American records by non-native institutions


Preservation Resources

Archives Association of British Columbia, Archivist’s Toolkit: http://aabc.ca/resources/archivists-toolkit/

Image Permanence Institute, http://www.imagepermanenceinstitute.org/; includes the IPI Media Storage Quick Reference and Preservation Calculator

National Film Preservation Foundation, http://www.filmpreservation.org/

Northeast Document Conservation Center, http://www.nedcc.org/

Regional Alliance for Preservation: http://www.preservecollections.org/; a cooperative of organizations from throughout the United States.

(U.S.) National Archives and Records Administration, Preservation and Archives Professionals: http://www.archives.gov/preservation/index.html

Wisconsin Historical Society: Local History Conservation Resources: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/conservation/resources.asp


Directories of Professional Organizations

A number of archival organizations list resources on their websites./i>


Council of State Archivists, https://www.statearchivists.org/, click on “Archival Connections”

Society of American Archivists -- Directory of Archival Organizations in the United States and Canada: http://www2.archivists.org/assoc-orgs/directory


Archival Services from Marquette University

Why Marquette University?, http://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/WhyMU.pdf

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