Society of California Archivists


The 28th annual Western Archives Institute
will be held at the
University of California, Riverside
July 6-18, 2014

(Admission to the program is by application only and enrollment is limited.)
Program application, information and important date links located at the bottom of page.

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:


Ciaran B. Trace has agreed to serve as the Principal Faculty Member for the 2014 program.  Ciaran trained and worked as an archivist in Ireland before moving to the United States in 1997 to pursue a doctoral degree in Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she worked as the Associate Director of the Institute on Primary Resources, a program aimed at fostering the use of archival materials in the k-12 classroom. Her initial faculty appointment was at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was the coordinator of the Specialization in Archives and Records Administration. Ciaran currently works as an assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches courses on archives and records management. In her research and writing Ciaran studies the nature, meaning, and function of everyday writing, recording, and recordkeeping (with a particular focus on organizational document creation and use, and the role of written literacies in the lives of children and young adults). Another research strand looks at how and why individuals and institutions collect material culture, the intersection of material culture and information behavior, and issues of digital materiality (including the study of the artifactual nature of computers, computer systems, and digital objects). Ciaran also studies the nature of archival education and of archival work practices (including how technology can help support the work of curating and providing access to archival collections).

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 $700 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 2014.

2014 Application deadline:  March 1, 2014

Application forms available January 1, 2014

2014 Application Forms:

Application for the 2014 WAI (PDF)

Application for the 2014 WAI (Word)

Application Cover Letter (PDF)

Local Arrangements Information (PDF)

Important Dates for the 2014 WAI (PDF)

For additional information, contact:

Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: 916-653-7715
Fax: 916-653-7134

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

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