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Master of Arts (MA)
Jimerson, Randall C.
Diehl, Peter D.
Steele, Ruth Catherine
Archival outreach programs serve a key role in the preservation and promotion of public history. Community based educational programs sponsored and implemented by archival repositories allow actual, as well as potential, patrons to learn about their local history and to familiarize themselves with archival materials. It is the purpose of this thesis to explore the postmodern archival perspective and to propose universal program models which can be adapted to facilitate educational outreach in archival repositories of various staff sizes and organizational affiliations. This study will appraise the similarities and differences of a variety of current public outreach programs with a focus on three distinct areas: how an archival organization chooses which target audiences will be best served by public outreach initiatives; how an archives can most efficiently fund and market these outreach projects; and how local communities can utilize archival repositories to build and strengthen their communal identities.
Western Washington University
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Hagedorn, Serra H., "Archival education and outreach: promoting communal identity through education" (2011). WWU Graduate School Collection. 158.