Course Description

460.634 - Museums, Libraries, and Archives:Issues of Convergence for Collecting Institutions

"Convergence" has been a buzzword for archives, museums, and libraries for most of the past decade. This course will look at areas of convergence among the three communities, focusing on issues that relate specifically to collecting institutions. Class work will involve the history of collecting and the development of the three communities (archives, libraries and museums) in the United States in the late 19th century/early 20th century, before delving more deeply into ideas and ideals, missions, professional training, conservation, ethics, and services that are shared among these communities. In the final weeks we will focus on how technology can help shape ongoing dialogues.