Journal of Western Archives
This case study discusses an archival consulting project to document and preserve hidden collections in rural northern California. The paper provides an overview of the collecting institution (the Mother Lode Land Trust), the collections and their historical context, and the consulting process. The author highlights processing strategies to improve preservation and description while developing a post-custodial approach to managing collections in a rural, community-based archives setting.
Utah State University
archives, archival consulting, postcustodial, Amador County, gold mining, California history, community archives, preservation, hidden collections
Jillian M. Ewalt (0000-0003-0805-3097) (2021).
The Veins that Lighten Dearth: Documenting Hidden Collections in Rural California. Journal of Western Archives.
Archival Science Commons, Collection Development and Management Commons, Labor History Commons, United States History Commons
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