The 32nd annual Western Archives Institute
will be held at 
San Diego State University

Program dates to be determined

(Admission to the program is by application only and enrollment is limited.)

What is Western Archives Institute?

The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including:

  • those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but have little or no previous archives education;
  • those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials;
  • those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction;
  • and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

Western Archives Institute Faculty:


Core sessions of the Institute are taught by leading archival educators. Prior Principal Faculty include Tim Ericson, Elizabeth Yakel, Elizabeth Dow, Rand Jimerson, David B. Gracy II, and Gregory S. Hunter.  Additional sessions are taught by adjunct educators selected because of their knowledge based on a particular subject and professional recognition. 

Western Archives Institute Fees:

  1. Tuition for the Institute is $725 and includes a selection of archival publications. (To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship is available.)
  2. A non-negotiable fee is also charged for program transportation, facility costs, opening dinner, and closing luncheon. *
  3. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. *

*Information regarding non-negotiable fee and housing/meal costs available mid-February 2018.

2018 Application Deadline - To Be Determined

2018 Application Forms

Application for the 2018 WAI - Available January 1, 2018
Application Cover Letter 2018 - Available January 1, 2018
Local Arrangements Information 2018 - Available January 1, 2018
Important Dates for the 2018 WAI - Available January 1, 2018

2017 Application Forms - For Information Only

For additional information, contact:

Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: 916-653-7715
Fax: 916-653-7134
E-mail: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov

The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists, and the California State Archives.

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