We are honored to receive this grant and look forward as a result to improving our archives and access to them. The Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) is a program of the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board with Conservation ConneCTion, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC].
The Traveling Archivist Program promotes best practices in management and preservation of—and access to—archival collections in museums, historical societies, and public libraries with local history collections in Connecticut.
The program provides a free half-day site visit from a professional traveling archivist to recipient institutions and post-visit follow up. The traveling archivist encourages and instructs staff and volunteers in collection best practices, including management, arrangement, description, preservation, and access.
Connecticut museums, historical societies, or public libraries with local history collections or publically accessible archival collections could apply. However, organizations with less than 10 linear feet of archival collections were not eligible.
Also available to organizations selected to receive traveling archivist services is a series of low-cost, in-depth seminars on best practices in collections management. These roundtables run from late 2016 to early 2017. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Preservation, Storage, & Housing of Archival Collections: Guidelines & Solutions
- Basics of Archival Acquisition and Appraisal
- Fundamentals of Archival Arrangement and Description
- Making Archives Accessible Using Connecticut Archives Online
- Introduction to Digitization