Bastian / Yakel (15 July 2004) ICA Vienna 9
Schools and Departments
In the past, graduate level archival education in the United States and Canada has
generally been offered in two venues: schools of library science and departments of history.
This remains true today, with a few caveats. First, the schools of library and information
science have further diversified between traditional schools of library and information studies
and schools of information reflecting differing emphases on aspects of the information field.
Archival components were present in both of these academic venues. Together, schools of
library and information made up 30 of the sites where archival education courses were
offered. Thirty of the departments of history, largely public history tracks, also host archival
education offerings. Additionally, one museum
and one liberal studies program offer an
Information about courses was gathered from the websites of library and information
schools and history and public history departments as well as through syllabi received, and
notes from faculty in these programs. When we received contradictory information
suggesting discrepancies between website offerings and actual offerings, we generally chose
to use the information on the website since this was the primary way in which prospective
students would also be evaluating the program. With schools increasingly favoring web in
lieu of printed catalogs, websites are becoming the de facto face of a school and we
perceived them in that role.
Sixty-two out of the 76 schools and departments we investigated offered at least one
archives course. The baseline course was usually an introductory archival survey class and all