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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Archival Processing


During Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, each CART fellow is paid to work a total of 100 hours to arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to archival collections in UCSC Special Collections and Archives that have not yet been processed or made available for research. Fellows are trained by a professional archivist in established standards of processing, and follow the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries. Common tasks include conducting a survey of unprocessed materials, rehousing materials and making preservation recommendations, writing descriptions of content, writing biographies and historical notes to provide contextual information on the person or organization who created the materials, and creating a finding aid for the collection. 

The following finding aids are available for collections processed as part of the Center for Archival Research and Training:

Exhibit curation

Each year, CART fellows collaboratively curate a public exhibition of materials from the collection they processed earlier that year. This experience is an opportunity for fellows to delve deeper into their own research interests with the collections, collaborate with fellows from other disciplines, be trained in exhibit curation, and get experience writing for a public audience. 

Fellows usually work on this component of CART during spring quarter and receive a one-time payment upon successful completion of the exhibit. Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to the exhibit opening event in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit spaces on the third floor of McHenry Library, usually in early summer.