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Processing Workshop

These workshops have concluded. Please consult the Project Documentation page for presentations.


FREE!!!  Workshop: Introduction to Archival Processing


The DC Africana Archives Project and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History Archives Center will offer a free workshop on archival processing.


Are you working in a small library, historical society or non-profit? Do you have historical records that you don’t know what to do with? In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of arrangement and description and get an introduction to tools for better intellectual and physical control of your collections.


Who Should Attend?

Library or museum staff, volunteers, students, and interns who work in small repositories with historical records and who have minimal or no archives training.


The workshop will include presentations, discussion, and hands on components, plus an optional tour of the National Museum of American History Archives Center.

The workshop will be held at the National Museum of American History Archives Center twice, on:

  • April 23, 2016
  • June 25, 2016


Vanessa Broussard, Supervisory Archivist, National Museum of American History Archives Center

Alexandra Krensky, Project Archivist, DC Africana Archives Project

Alison Oswald, Archivist, National Museum of American History Archives Center

Franklin Robinson, Archives Specialist, National Museum of American History Archives Center

Shannon Perich, Curator, Division of Culture and the Arts, NMAH


Preliminary workshop schedule:







Bob Horton, Chair, Archives Center


CLIR Grant

Doretha Williams, Project Director, DC Africana Archives Project



All participants


Processing and Anatomy of a Finding Aid



Lunch On Your Own



Custom Housing Projects






Caring for Three Dimensional Objects




Optional tour of Archives Center

Rebkah Keel and Elizabeth Livesey, Processing Assistants, DC Africana Archives Project

Registration for the June 25 workshop is now closed.


For more information or to be put on the waitlist, contact Alex Krensky akrensky@gwu.edu.

The workshop is free, but registration is first-come, first-served, and limited to 25 participants. 



The DC Africana Archives Project is funded by a “Hidden Collections” grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to the George Washington University.




Parking & Entrances: National Park Service designated accessible parking spaces are located on Madison Drive across from the Museum. This map depicts accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking, and more for Smithsonian facilities on the National Mall.

Wheelchairs: A very limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge for use while visiting the Museum. Visitors may ask for assistance from Security officers at either entrance.

Service Animals: Certified service animals or service animals-in-training are welcome to visit the Museum.

Restrooms: All rest rooms in the Museum are accessible. Companion rest rooms are available on the first floor, East and West wings opposite the escalators, and on the second floor, East wing only.

Shopping & Dining: All Museum stores, dining facilities, and the self-service lockers are accessible.


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